Tuesday, December 12, 2017

A Snow Family Christmas Medallion Quilt - Day 3

It wouldn't be the holiday season without a quilting project! 
Follow along as we use Judy Hansen's A Snow Family Christmas collection to make a medallion quilt perfect for winter! We'll start with a center square and add easy borders to create a 54" square quilt. Follow along as work toward the final quilt reveal.


Today's addition to the quilt is super easy. It might just be because the second post this week is a lot more involved, so this quick border helps to even things out. 


Cutting:
From the green holly print: 
(4) 3-1/2" x 28-1/2" strips

From the red check:
(4) 3-1/2" squares

Add the second border:
Step 1: Sew 3-1/2" x 28-1/2" green holly strips to opposite sides of the quilt center. 
Step 2: Sew 3-1/2" red check squares to both ends of the remaining green holly strips. 


Step 3: Sew these pieced strips to the top and bottom of the quilt. 


That's it! You're done for today. The next border includes a lot of applique, so get ready! 


Follow along as we make our Medallion quilt!

See the entire A Snow Family Christmas collection here and ask for it at your local quilt shop.








Friday, December 8, 2017

A Snow Family Christmas Medallion Quilt - Day 2

It wouldn't be the holiday season without a quilting project! 
Follow along as we use Judy Hansen's A Snow Family Christmas collection to make a medallion quilt perfect for winter! We'll start with a center square and add easy borders to create a 54" square quilt. Follow along as work toward the final quilt reveal.



Today we'll be fussy cutting the fun stripe in this collection to use as the first border, and then we'll be assembling the first border around the quilt's center square. 

Cutting:
From the stripe:
(4) 6-1/2" x 12-1/2" fussy-cut pieces (see photos below)

From the navy allover snowman print:
(1) 12-1/2" square (you can fussy-cut it to center snowman if you prefer)

Here's a look at the stripe. You can fussy cut whichever section you'd like; we chose the larger snowman section with the candy cane strips at the bottom. 

Position a ruler on the stripe, adjusting fabric as needed so stripes on fabric align with the ruler edge. Remember that 1/4" on each side of the stripe will be lost in the seam allowance, so plan accordingly. In the fussy cut stripe pieces below, the solid red will be the seam allowance and the candy cane stripe will create a great "extra" border along the center square.




Add the First Border:
Step 1: Lay out the 12-1/2" navy allover snowman square, (4) 6-1/2" x 12-1/2" stripe pieces, and the (4) holly blocks from yesterday, orienting the holly berries as shown. 


Step 2: Sew the fussy-cut stripe pieces to the sides of the square. Tip: As you stitch, keep the fussy cut piece on top. This allows you to "steer" the stitching slightly so that the red solid doesn't show.

Step 3: Here's the quilt center with the side border pieces added. Isn't that candy cane stripe great?!

Step 4: Sew the holly blocks to opposite ends of both fussy-cut strips as shown, noting orientation of the blocks. 

Step 5: Sew the pieced borders to the top and bottom of the center square. Border #1 is complete! 

Follow along as we make our Medallion quilt!

See the entire A Snow Family Christmas collection here and ask for it at your local quilt shop.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

A Snow Family Christmas Medallion Quilt - Day 1

It wouldn't be the holiday season without a quilting project! 
Follow along as we use Judy Hansen's A Snow Family Christmas collection to make a medallion quilt perfect for winter! We'll start with a center square and add easy borders to create a 54" square quilt. Follow along as work toward the final quilt reveal.


Here are the prints we'll be using:


Cutting:
From the gray text:
Four 4-1/2" squares

From the red check:
Eight 1-1/2" x 6-1/2" pieces
Eight 1-1/2" x 4-1/2" pieces
Twelve berries from template*

From the green holly:
Eight holly leaves from template*

*See Step 1

Note: Download the template for the holly leaves and berries here

Step 1: Trace the indicated number of leaves and berries onto the paper side of fusible web. Adhere to the correct fabric, and cut out each shape on the drawn line. Set aside.

Step 2: Lay out a 4-1/2" gray square with two 1-1/2" x 4-1/2" red check pieces and two 1-1/2" x 6-1/2" red check pieces. 

Step 3: Sew 1-1/2" x 4-1/2" red check pieces to opposite sides of a 4-1/2" gray text square. 

Step 4: Sew 1-1/2" x 6-1/2" red check pieces to the top and bottom to complete the pieced square.

Step 5: Position two holly leaves and three berries on the block as shown. Fuse in place. 

Step 6: Repeat to make a total of four blocks. note the placement of the holly leaves and berries on each block; these will be corner blocks in the first border, so be sure text print is oriented correctly before you fuse.


An elf on the shelf has joined our studio for December (see him more often on Instagram). We've been lucky that he hasn't caused much mischief yet--he even offered to hold up today's quilt block for a photo!

Follow along as we make our Medallion quilt!

See the entire A Snow Family Christmas collection here and ask for it at your local quilt shop.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Silent Night Sampler

Last December we featured the Silent Night Sampler quilt on the blog--a 12 day quilt featuring Ro Gregg's Silent Night collection. 


If you didn't have time to make the quilt last year, great news! 

While you can always find the posts with instructions for making each block on the blog (Day 1 is here), Quilted Memories of Overland Park, KS, has set up the quilt as a free Block Program. Click here to have each day's instructions emailed to you. Emails begin December 6th, so sign up today (If you sign up later, they'll catch you up!).

The shop also has kits available so you can use the Silent Night fabrics for your version. 
Order the kit for the Silent Night Sampler here.

Happy sewing!

(And if you're a fan of solids, we also have shown the quilt in Painter's Palette Solids, complete with a conversion chart between the Silent Night prints and the solids.)
Find the solids quilt (and conversion chart) here.

Friday, December 1, 2017

In Love with Tree Skirts!

It's started. Parking lots are transforming into Christmas tree lots, and you pass cars on the road with a prickly green visitor tied to the top. Whether you're on team live tree or artificial all the way, what every tree needs is a great tree skirt. 

We've compiled some of our favorites on our Holiday Quilting Projects board. Sure, it may not be a project you finish for this year, but what's one more UFO?! 



Need more inspiration? Check out our holiday fabric lines below and ask for them at your local quilt shop. 
A Snow Family Christmas
Holiday Editions
Season's Greetings

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Christmas shopping made easy!

Thanksgiving is over...a few turkey leftovers are all that's, well, left over. 

Christmas is right around the corner, and it's time to get your holiday shopping knocked out! But while you're shopping for everyone else, who is shopping for your gifts? 

We've got two helpful printables for you--they'll ensure that you get exactly what you want for Christmas (as long as you're on the nice list!).






Download and print out a pdf of the Christmas Wish List here.
Download and print out a pdf of the Letter to Santa here.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wishing you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving! 


p.s. Check out this link to Thanksgiving poems and blessings--a variety of ways to consider thankfulness.