Christmas Stars with Free Pattern

Christmas Stars, Free Printable Pattern in 5 sizes

I’ve decided that each year I should make a Christmas quilt top in December, and put it away to finish the next year.  It’s so fun not only to work on a new Christmas quilt top in December, but also to finish a new one to use that year!  

I made this top last year (obviously since I just wrote all that!) and finished it up last week in time to enjoy it for the month.  This is my free “No Point Stars Pattern” you can find here:  

No Point Stars Pattern in 5 sizes

Christmas Stars, Free Printable Pattern in 5 sizes

This is my all time favorite stars pattern.  After I wrote the pattern I had so many people ask me why I called it “No Point Stars”.  It’s because there are NO STAR POINTS to match up or worry about sewing off!! 

Yesssssssss.  

Christmas Stars, Free Printable Pattern in 5 sizes

I free motion quilted it on my Juki after I spray basted it (tutorial here for how I spray baste).  

Christmas Stars, Free Printable Pattern in 5 sizes

Christmas Stars, Free Printable Pattern in 5 sizes

Yes that is a big head Darth Vader on my tree.  ;) 

I’m a big fan of this quilt.  The fabrics are a huge assortment of reds and greens from my stash that I collected over the years.  

The only downside to this pattern is it uses a lot of fabric, and when that happens I try to compensate by throwing in at least a few solids, and use up large scraps or random cuts.  It also tends to look very “busy”, so make sure you use solids, and a lot of small blender prints along side large prints.    This would also be beautiful with an all white background…maybe a Fourth of July version needs to happen?   

No Point Stars, A FREE pattern in 5 sizes

Here is another link to the free pattern: 

No Point Stars Pattern in 5 sizes

The kids don’t have school Friday so I think it will be sugar cookie making day.  I love having lots of cookies in the freezer to pull out and give to neighbors, friends, stuff in my face at 11 pm, or leave out for the UPS man who comes to my house literally every. single. day.  Sometimes twice. 

 This is my favorite recipe EVER.  The cookies don’t spread too much, and the frosting dries glossy and hard so they don’t get ruined!  

 

 

 

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Pixel Chain

Pixel Chain, Jelly Roll Quilt Pattern

Thank you to everyone who left sweet comments on my last post and took advantage of my sale.  I’m so blessed to be able to create, and I have such gratitude to you for supporting me along the way and cheering me on.  Thank you!  

This Pixel Chain quilt/pattern has been on my mind for such a long time, ever since I saw a vintage quilt with a similar design made with tiny squares.  I knew I had to recreate it and make it a bit more Allison friendly  (i.e. EASY).    

Pixel Chain, Jelly Roll Quilt Pattern

This large throw/twin size is made with just one jelly roll (35 strips), and with only 30 blocks it’s pretty simple to put together. 

Pixel Chain, Jelly Roll Quilt Pattern

For this version I used a jelly roll of Zuma by Tula Pink.  I love this fabric, but this jelly roll was a nightmare!  The strips were cut between 2 1/4 – 2 3/8″ instead of 2 1/2″, so it was a huge pain to use and fudge the difference in the seam allowance when matching it up with the background strips.  I even emailed Free Spirit Fabrics (nicely) just to make them aware of it.  I never heard back from them, but since then I’ve heard from three other people that had the same problem with other Tula Pink jelly rolls.  

Moral of the story is…measure your jelly roll before you unwrap it and make sure the strips are 2 1/2″ from edge to edge! 

Luckily it’s gorgeous fabric so I can’t hold a grudge at it.  :)

Zuma Tula Pink Jelly Roll

Pixel Chain, Jelly Roll Quilt Pattern

I quilted this with simple straight-ish lines using the squares as guides.  

Pixel Chain, Jelly Roll Quilt Pattern

Pixel Chain, Jelly Roll Quilt Pattern

My current plan is to make a Christmas version of this quilt so I have something festive to sew in December, and maybe it will be done by next year.  Maybe. 

Pixel Chain Quilt in Christmas

 

Pixel Chain, Jelly Roll Quilt Pattern

Pixel Chain can be found here as  PDF pattern, or here as  a Paper pattern.  

Also…what on earth do you get an 11 year old boy for Christmas???!!!!   Older boys are so hard!!   Ben gave me no ideas (besides a cat) and cash.  Lame.  I don’t want to buy junk just to buy something you know?   Ugh.  So if you have a preteen boy…I need some ideas!  

 

 

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Suburbs Christmas Quilt & Free Tree Block Pattern

Suburbs Christmas Quilt with a Free Tree Block PatternI’ve been itching to make this quilt for the past few years since I helped my sister in law make this Christmas quilt way back when.   I cut this quilt out on Friday, sewed blocks Saturday, and put the top together Sunday…a fun weekend project!

The fabrics are prints I’ve had for awhile, plus the snowflake print for the dark snowy sky I purchased just for this quilt.   The pattern is Suburbs.

Suburbs Christmas Quilt with a Free Tree Block Pattern

Suburbs Christmas Quilt with a Free Tree Block Pattern

Suburbs Christmas Quilt with a Free Tree Block Pattern

Also of course I added trees!  They are so fun with this pattern!  I made 8 trees in solids and scattered them throughout the quilt top.  

Free Tree Quilt Block Pattern

Click the link below for the free Tree Block templates to make your own trees!   

Tree Block Pattern HERE

 

Suburbs Christmas Quilt with a Free Tree Block Pattern

The Suburbs quilt pattern can be found here as a PDF, or here as a Paper copy.   

The free Tree Block add on can be found here. 

Happy Holidays!!

 

 

 

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