I am so thrilled to show you my very latest pieced Christmas quilt blocks! These are the most recent six blocks of my ‘mix and match’ festive collection and the cardinal quilt block (pictured) is the seventh.
Each block has a completed size of 12″ square and uses straightforward, traditional piecing. You can form the blocks into festive pillows or combine three blocks for a Christmas table runner. You could put all of the Christmas quilt blocks together to make a wall hanging or add a narrow border to single blocks and make mug rugs as gifts.
I don’t know how the pandemic is affecting your fabric buying, but with the local quilt shops closed, I found I was short of fabric. (I know!! No one is more astonished than me!) After making Santa and Mrs Claus, I was pretty much out of Christmas reds and whites.
I ordered some fabric online but when it arrived it wasn’t what I expected so then I thought ‘grunge’.
I have been a bit in love with Moda Grunge for years and now I really actually needed some. With all the fabric coming from one collection, I knew it would coordinate, and I knew I would love it! Happy mail is even happier, I think, in the gloom of a global pandemic.
I wasn’t sure how skin tones would work with Moda Grunge so I remade my Santa and Mrs Claus and I am happy with the tonal effect. ‘Ballet Slipper’ was the main skin colour.
The plum pudding block will be made into a pillow for my ninety year old Mother-in-law. Every Christmas she makes traditional plum puddings and gives them out as gifts to her family. It takes her several days to steam them all. They taste incredible! I haven’t been able to visit her since August due to covid. We all miss her terribly but she is still bright and cheerful and has made her puddings as normal!
Of course, I had to make Rudolf as well as a ‘standard’ reindeer! Here he is with Santa.
These blocks are designed to be straightforward to make and would be suitable for confident beginners. They do contain some small pieces, the smallest of which is 1″ square.
You can get your copies of the blocks now from my shop or Etsy store. They are available individually but I have also added a cost-effective Christmas bundle of six patterns.
What other Christmas blocks would you like to make? I’d love to hear your suggestions for future designs.
I hope you get to enjoy some festive crafting in this strangest of Christmases, wishing you every joy,
Kathleen McCormick says
I love these blocks and the grunge is perfect. I love the plum pudding story and hope you can get to see your mother in law soon. This has been really tough, and I am afraid it is not quite over, but glad vaccines are being distributed!
Sandra Healy says
Thanks, Kathleen! Yes, it’s great to feel that an end to this pandemic is finally in sight. Hope you and your family have a super Christmas!