Listen: you can try to deny it all you want. But there is a brisk feeling in the air, and the days are getting shorter, and you might even be wearing boots these days. October is the perfect season to get started on holiday quilting. You still have time to knock out a few projects, depending on your schedule, but that little voice in the back of your head is going to keep you on track. Why? At the risk of getting all Starkian, WINTER IS COMING.
There have been several wildly popular holiday and Christmas quilt patterns circulating around the Internet, but there are also some newbies (or lesser known patterns) that might be worth your time to check out. Here are five 2015 holiday quilt patterns for your perusal. The best part? With the exception of one awesome quilt pattern, they’re all free!
Homeward Bound Christmas Quilt
From the quilting blog Squares and Triangles, here is a festive twist on a traditional Amish quilt block called “Homeward Bound.” The block features a center square with flying geese on all sides and in the corners. The finished quilt is 70″ square, and it’s a great skill-builder for paper piecing. Tanya’s block tutorial also has great tips for using up some charms for this quilt.
Straight from Jen Nevitt and the Moda Bakeshop, here’s a snowball-style 80″ x 60″ quilt that is perfect all winter long (or for those who don’t celebrate Christmas). It takes two 10″ junior layer cakes (the “junior” means 20 pieces, though I guess you could probably just do one regular layer cake if it had all the right prints or colors). This is also a great quilt for beginning piecers with a stunning effect when it’s all done.
Festive Forest Quilt
There are lots of Christmas tree quilts out there with lots of isoceles triangles, but I like how Patty Sloniger’s new Festive Forest quilt for Michael Miller uses strips to mimic pine branches. The colors and fabrics used in this quilt are bright, modern, and festive, but I also think this throw quilt pattern would look great with all solids or with some low-volume prints mixed in.
Scandi Squares Table Runner
I love how fabric companies are hopping on this Scandinavian trend. It’s a perfect thematic concept for the holidays (reindeer! bells! embroidery!) and this 12″ x 48″ table runner designed by Hilary Gooding for Makower UK brings some “Frozen” embellishment into the holidays. Each block, large and small, is made of Courthouse Steps, a variation on a Log Cabin. Sounds appropriate for cozy Christmas decor, no?
Urban Holiday Quilt
Designed by Jenny Pedigo of Sew Kind of Wonderful, the Urban Holiday quilt is out of this world. It’s the only pattern in this collection that costs money ($10), and it requires the SKW Quick Curve ruler, but dang, it’s cool. I love the ogee effect, and the different colored shapes almost look like those vintage Christmas ornaments. This quilt isn’t just Christmas decor; it’s a holiday showstopper.
What are some of your favorite holiday quilt patterns (or patterns you’ve adapted for holiday sewing)?