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Holiday Quilts Inspiration

Updated: Dec 27, 2023

Christmas moose tree ornament

Can you believe the holiday season is starting? I've already seen people decorating their houses, inside and out, for Christmas! I like to wait until after Thanksgiving but I think that's because my birthday is usually Thanksgiving week and I don't want to rush it.

In our industry, however, holiday quilt projects need to come to life way before the snow flies to have them ready in time. But if you're still looking for that perfect decor or gift, here are some great ideas, free patterns, and lots of holiday spirit. Be sure to follow the links to follow the designers or support them by getting copies of their patterns.

Winters Whimsy snowman wall hanging quilt pattern by Sondrasa

Sondrasa of Art Quilts By Design designed this fun appliqué snowman. Perfect for beginner quilters looking to flirt with raw edge appliqué, this wall hanging features large, easy-to-cut, and place shapes. As well as a few more challenging shapes with our cardinal friend to help you build your skills!

Bring the joy, warmth, and whimsy of winter into your home with the "Winter's Whimsy" Wall-Hanging Quilt. Embrace the season's magic and let this delightful quilt become a treasured part of your festive decorations.

Snowman tree skirt by Adelle Pears

Adelle from BordersCrafters took the snowman and made this adorable tree skirt! Who wouldn't love this around their tree? Adelle is also one of Christina's pattern testers and we just love her and her work.

Four color green Christmas Tree quilt with gentle curves

Megan Collins has this fun new quilt called Happily Ever Green. It is a yardage or precut-friendly curved piecing quilt pattern. The pattern includes baby, throw, and twin size quilts (throw and twin quilt curves are perfect for beginners to curved piecing!). Use your precut stash! The pattern includes alternate cutting instructions for a charm pack (baby quilt) or a layer cake (throw or twin).

Tree skirt with three colors of diamond quilt pieces

"I have the tree skirt for you! And better yet- the pattern is FREE!🥳", says Mallory Smith of Fieldstone Fabric. Her Follow the Star tree skirt is a beautiful, versatile pattern.

"I've been exploring the world of triangles and love how they make an argyle pattern when you combine triangles with Chenille-it! This fun, classic, and preppy look is perfect for your Christmas tree this year! It's like making a mini-quilt, but one that everyone can enjoy under the tree this year."

Bundle of 4 Foundation Paper Piecing patterns with a snowman, Mrs Clause, gingerbread man, and Santa

Liza Taylor of Liza Taylor Handmade has this fun 4-pattern Holiday Bundle of Foundation Paper Piecing patterns for the season.

This bundle contains patterns for a Snowman, Santa, Mrs. Claus, and the Gingerbread Man that are beginner-friendly patterns

Midnight blue and white quilt with nativity scene characters

In a season where gift-giving is the expectation, display the Greatest Gift Quilt as a loving reminder of the meaning of Christmas. Jennifer Long, from Sew A Story, designed this stunning quilt pattern that finishes at 63” x 83”. It is all traditionally pieced with blocks that are simple and easy to sew up! This is a wonderful pattern to showcase your favorite prints in the Wisemen, gifts, camel, and manger blocks! Shown here feature prints from the Silent Night fabric by Jennifer Long for Riley Blake Designs.

Silent Night quilt with a church in the center and village scenes in the border

Another fun applique and pieced pattern is Silent Night by Deb Grogan of The Quilt Factory

Silent Night is created with pieced sections and appliqué. The appliqué on our sample quilt was done using the freezer paper method and the quilting was done by machine using a small blanket stitch. You may choose other methods like fusible web or needle turn by hand.

Present parcels block quilt in greens and pinks

I just love Meghan Morris', of A Piece of Quiet Quilts, new Present Parcels Quilt. Not only is it great for the holiday season but think of how many other color combinations would work!

Present Parcels can be made with yardage for a clean, modern look, or you can use a Fat Quarter bundle for a more scrappy look. Both are fantastic!

pocket advent calendar with a tree in the center and gift pockets for each day

Are you ready for a Christmas Sew Along? Anne Boundy from Said with Love has a fun Advent Calendar one going on right now.

"Advent Calendars are firm favorites in our family…. from the little chocolates popped into the pockets, or an activity card for something to do each day. My brother especially loves his wine advent calendar I have given him a few years ago!"

Star of Wonder quilt in a dark background and white background

Star of Wonder from Crafty Moose Quilts is the perfect pattern for Fat Quarter Bundles with coordinating fabrics. Mix and match fat quarters with similar volumes/colors to create the color balance and aesthetic that is most pleasing to you. You can also make this completely scrappy and cozy with your favorite fabrics you have been holding onto. Just arrange each star with varying saturations that are dark, medium, and light.

Quilt with 3 threes made of triangles and a star at the top of one tree

Rachel Rossi Design has released Oh Tannenbaum! Or, more commonly, Oh Christmas Tree! This curvy Christmas quilt is sure to inspire awe and wonder this holiday season! With repeating blocks and the option to do a scrappy background, this quilt comes together quickly and easily! It’s a great scrapbuster for all of those holiday prints that you’ve been stashing away. Love this design for Christmas.

Wall hanging with a Nutcracker

"Christmas is a season of tradition and this Nutcracker Wall Hanging is sure to become a well-loved family favorite in your household as I am sure it will do in mine!"

Victoria Peat of Little Black Duck posted this super cute Foundation Paper Pieced Nutcracker Wall Hanging for the holidays. In my head, I see a fireplace, snow, and a table setting of snacks with the Nutcracker next to it. Such a warm and cozy thought for the holiday.

We had so much fun finding all these holiday quilt inspiration photos. We could not choose so we included them all. Do you have a favorite holiday quilt you have made or have a pattern for? Be sure to share them in the comments so we can find even more inspiration.

Next month we will be featuring Valentine's Day inspiration. If you would like to have your pattern featured in our blog, let us know! We love to promote designers, patterns, and quilt alongs.

Thank you so much for following us on our quilting journey. Happy Holidays to everyone and be safe!

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