Pixel Chain Christmas Quilt…squeezing in one more finish!

Pixel Chain Christmas Quilt Pattern

We’ve been using last years Christmas quilt without a binding since Thanksgiving…who needs a binding anyway?  

It’s a super heavy quilt with a thick minky + batting, and it’s a twin size so it’s been laying over my side of the bed all month (I’m always freezing!).  

Pixel Chain Christmas Quilt Pattern

Kaitlyn did a darling quilting design on this with trees.  It adds so much character to this simple quilt.  

Pixel Chain Quilt Pattern, Jelly Roll quilt

That is one of my favorite quilty-pictures from last year!!  The pattern is Pixel Chain, the fabric was a mix from my stash.  

Pixel Chain Christmas Quilt Pattern

Merry Christmas from my family to yours!  

 

 

 

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My Wish Christmas Quilt

Wish, Shooting Star Quilt Pattern

I was waiting for a sliver of sunshine so I could get some good photos of this quilt…but took one look at the forecast and decided a rainy shot in our forest will have to do!   

It smells like Christmas trees in there when it rains.  

Wish, Shooting Star Quilt Pattern

I used my newest Wish pattern for the design, and most of the fabrics are from the Candlelight fabric line by Ruby Star Society plus some basics.  It’s such a pretty line without being over the top Christmas-y or juvenile.  I added in the yellows for the stars, and the darker gold linen fabric.  The background is Bella Solids Off White.  

Wish, Shooting Star Quilt Pattern

This is a pretty straight forward pattern to make, but there are lots of diagonal seams. 

I’m starting to sound like a broken record but…you need this tape when you make this quilt!!!!!

Diagonal Seam Tape for easy piecing quilts

Wish, Shooting Star Quilt Pattern

Can you spot my fabric layout mistake up there?  Arg!!  That’s what I get for watching cheesy Christmas movies while I sew.  No quilt is complete without one good mistake though right?  

Wish, Shooting Star Quilt Pattern

I quilted this with my go-to quick loops.  It’s hard to tell in the photos, but the darker linen fabric for the stars is metallic gold.  It’s sparkly in person.  

Wish, Shooting Star Quilt Pattern

Wish, Shooting Star Quilt Pattern

I didn’t even notice Jane’s little toy up on my sewing machine table until now.  I’ve been sewing at our dining/school/everything table and just shoved our messes to the side for a photo LOL. 

This year with my entire family home 24/7 I’ve learned to accept allll the messes.  Until every other week or so I snap and we clean clean clean until Mom can breathe again! 

Wish, Shooting Star Quilt Pattern

I hope you enjoy this last bit of the season before Christmas.  Don’t stress, and eat all the peppermint things! 

 

 

 

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A Finished Scrappy Hourglass Quilt

Free Hourglass Quilt Tutorial

It may be December…but I’m still sewing with fall over here!   This has been waiting to be finished and today I forced myself to get it done. 

Now it’s ready to be stuffed into a bin until next year…but at least it will be finished (I pulled last year’s Christmas quilt out today…it still has no binding)! 

Free Hourglass Quilt Tutorial

To make these hourglass blocks I used my free printable pattern you can find below:  

Printable Hourglass Quilt Pattern

I started with 6″ squares, and I skipped trimming up my blocks since they were all semi-square (my back was thankful).  Instead of sewing them together individually, I sewed each hourglass into a 4 patch, then sewed the 4 patches together to make the quilt. 

Sewing looooong tiny rows together is my least favorite part of quilting, so I try to make small blocks into bigger blocks whenever I can. 

I quilt it with single straight diagonal lines along the seams.  Easy peasy. 

With all the bulky seams, this quilt already has some stiffness and weight…more quilting would have made it even more stiff.  

The backing is the navy script from Backyard Blooms (so hard to find now but I found some here, here, here), and the binding is my favorite basic Blossom

Free Hourglass Quilt Tutorial

Free Hourglass Quilt Tutorial

Free Hourglass Quilt Tutorial

I machine bound it with my easy machine binding tutorial

Free Hourglass Quilt Tutorial

There really is nothing better than a scrappy simple quilt.  A handful of these fabrics I’ve had for 10+ years…so it’s extra special and really nice to finally use it up!  

 

 

 

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