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Modern Christmas Tree Quilt

I have always wanted to make a Christmas themed quilt!  Since I am a member of the Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild, I really wanted to make it MODERN!  I am fortunate to belong to a very active and exciting guild.  We have some really fun programs that encourage group activity.  One of these activities is called Block Lotto.  Last Christmas, the group made Holiday Patchwork Forest Blocks.  Even though I didn’t win the Block Lotto, I was still excited to make my own Modern Christmas Tree Quilt.  Let me show you my quilt and explain how the Block Lotto works.

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The Block Lotto idea came from the Calgary Modern Quilt Guild, where they decided upon a pattern and a color theme.  Our guild is very fortunate to have Kelly Lautenbach, who is our very own Guild Cruise Director!  Kelly keeps a close eye on fun things to do in the guild and she began this activity for the guild.  Kelly helped us decide on the pattern and the color layout.  It was important to name the color grouping so that the blocks would look good together.  For this Block Lotto, we used the tutorial by Amy Smart from Diary of a Quilter.

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To have a Block Lotto, we have participants make a block (or a group of blocks) and bring them to the meeting.  We gave a raffle ticket for each block that was turned in.  We brought several design walls to the meeting and arranged as many quilt with the blocks that were turned in.  Since the color theme was the same for everyone, the quilts looked fantastic! Our members made 374 blocks which we separated into FIVE sets of blocks to make quilts and 13 sets of 4 blocks each for pillows. What fun we had. And our winners were thrilled!

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Finishing my Modern Christmas Tree Quilt

As you can see, I was not a block lotto winner.  Whomp Whomp.  That didn’t stop me from making my very own Modern Christmas Tree Quilt!  I have to admit that I didn’t finish this until the next Christmas, but I did manage to trade a few block with some quilty friends along the way.  To be honest, I probably wouldn’t have finished this quilt unless my Local Quilt Shop (The Fabric Chic) hadn’t hosted a workshop.  It’s like they just knew what was on my UFO list!!!

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During the workshop, I was able to finish all my blocks and sew all the rows together.  I could have made my quilt top bigger, but I decided to add a larger border.  I used Moda Grundge Seeing Stars in Key Lime.  That really brought out all the green in this quilt.  The stars in the fabric were just perfect too!


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I quilted this all up on my new Juki Miyabi J350QVP.  If you haven’t seen all the things my new machine can do – you should go check out my blog post and learn all about that!

Modern Christmas Tree Quilt binding and backing

Finishing this quilt top, before Christmas, was a special treat!  I love to add seasonal decor to my home and this quilt is perfect for evening snuggles!  I hope you found inspiration in this post and perhaps share the Block Lotto idea with your sewing group as well!  Be sure to follow The Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild’s Facebook Page to keep up to date on all the exciting activities!

Happy Quilting!

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Making a Handmade Christmas

It’s never too early to start sewing and quilting for Christmas!  As makers, we are always thinking of ways to share our Handmade gifts with those we love.  Making a Handmade Christmas is the perfect way to show someone you care!  You can make a small, cherished mug rug, or even an entire quilt!  The choice is yours!  And talk about choices!  There are so many!  I recently went on an online scavenger hunt for some tried and true Handmade Christmas ideas and patterns.  I am super excited to share this collection of gems with you!  This collection of patterns is super affordable and most are absolutely FREE!

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Handmade Christmas – Foundation Paper Piecing

These patterns are fun and simple.  If you’ve ever tried foundation paper piecing, you will know how great these projects can be!  Not only do they turn out PERFECT, but they can also be added to other blocks to make a larger project!  I just loved these different patterns:

Christmas Gnome Paper Pieced Pattern

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The Christmas Gnome pattern is an intermediate to advanced FPP pattern that assumes a basic knowledge of paper piecing. The pattern is clearly labeled, has colored graphics, and full size pattern pieces with a 1/4″ seam allowance included.

Geometric Christmas Tree FPP Pattern

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Geometric Christmas Tree Foundation Paper Pieced (FPP) PDF Pattern Block finishes at 6″ x 6″ Basic knowledge of FPP is expected for this pattern, however the Geometric Christmas Tree is a very simple pattern and perfect for beginners! The pattern is labeled clearly and includes a 1/4″ seam allowance plus a few tips to get you going.

Christmas Bell FPP Pattern

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This block is 9.5″ x 7.5″. However you can add an additional 1.5″ border around the bottom and sides to make separate mini-quilts. With the borders the block is 10.5″ x 9.5″.

 

 

Handmade Christmas – Gifts for Everyone!

If you are like me, you have a list of loved ones that you would like to make gifts for Christmas!  It’s so hard to pick and choose who gets handmade, so maybe we should try some smaller projects?  Mug Rugs, Table Runners, Hot Pads and Child’s Aprons are PERFECT quick projects!  Give these to your friends, neighbors, teachers, stylist (the list goes on and on)…  Here are a few ideas that should get your creative juices flowing!

Deer w/ Antlers Mug Rug

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Who needs a Christmas tree when there are such wonderful antlers to be had? Imagine a whole herd of reindeer dressed in their best stockings and baubles. But don’t just imagine it -create this wonderful scene with this quick and easy Christmas mug rug pattern from the Patchsmith.

Patchwork Table Runner with Hot Pads

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Use just one charm pack and background, backing and binding to make an adorable Christmas gift set of two potholders and a coordinating runner. This pattern also works well in other holiday prints and in your favorite non-seasonal fabrics. Make this fast and fun ensemble for the perfect hostess gift.

Child’s Christmas Apron

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Who can resist this adorable Child’s Christmas Apron? Make one for your special someone!

 

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Handmade Christmas – Who is “Quilt Worthy”?

Let’s face it – not everyone is “Quilt Worthy”!  We all know how much work goes into making a quilt!  Quilts take lots and lots of time and and whole lot of supplies!  I mean, fabric isn’t cheap!!  So, if you have a loved one that you want to make a Christmas quilt for, I have some fun recommendations for you!  Some are smaller Mini Quilts (which make really pretty table or wall decor) and some are full blown Quilts!  I found a fun patchwork project and a few improv patterns as well.  Let me show you my favorites!

Christmas Pine Tree Quilt

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If you want to make just one quilt for the holidays, I heartily recommend the Christmas Pine Tree quilt. So Cute… So Easy! Just Squares and a few Triangles. Make it smaller with smaller pieces and larger using larger pieces (It’s amazing how that works!) Make A Great Christmas Quilt!

Modern Christmas Tree

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Fun modern Christmas wallhanging . Very easy to make. Make your own tree…play with the settings on the branches…or make it even on both sides…change colour on the tree and on the baubles… It will be sewn up in no time…it’s a quick project… Just have lots of fun!!

Improv Christmas Tree Quilt

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Improv-piecing makes this modern Christmas Tree quilt not only come together really quickly, but makes each quilt totally unique. Easy to follow steps for making 2 blocks at once quickly, with minimal fabric waste.

Well, I’m pretty excited about this year’s Handmade Christmas possibilities!  I already have the Improv Christmas Tree Quilt in progress and hope to finish this UFO before Santa comes!  I hope you find this collection of ideas inspiring as well!  Now, let’s get to work and start making a fabulous handmade Christmas!  What else is on your Christmas Sewing list?

Tell us in the comments!

Happy Stitches!

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