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Christmas is All Around

My wife Kay… (I just love talking about her if you haven’t noticed!) wanted to put in some volunteer hours creating some quilts for a local firehouse.  The firehouse would use the quilts by taking them out into the field and handing them out to victims that had the need.  As I was struggling with the motivation to finish my Christmas quilt, I kept looking over at the simple pattern that she was using to create the “firehouse” quilt.  I looked down at the fabric in my lap and thought… this would look really good in the pattern.

Staying on-track has never been my strong suit which has me literally dropping the fabric I was working on and pestering my wife for measurements.  “What was the width of those strips again Kay?”  She must have felt at the end of the day that she had been talking to a three-year-old.

For anyone who’d like to know the pattern, here’s the pattern I used:

You’ll need 1 1/4 yard of three fabrics

From three different fabrics cut 16 from each fabric (2 3/4″ strips)  Sew the three fabrics together with the neutral color in the middle (it will make it look better).  Cut the sewn strips to a length of 7 1/4″ and keep the end pieces that are left to be used on the border (the end pieces should measure over 6″.  See the picture above for piecing it together.

Take the end pieces that measure less than the 7 1/4″ and cut them down to 3 (2″ strips).  Incorporate these into one of the layers of your border.

I’ll post another photo once I get the borders sewn on.  This currently measures 54″ X 67.5″ without borders.

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6 thoughts on “Christmas is All Around

  1. I really do love this. Chevron is really trending right now. I’ve been making some quilted place mats in a similar way. I love the Christmas fabric thrown in. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • No problem!! Thanks for the comment. I’m trying to make a lot of different types of quilts and I didn’t want to leave out the less intense patterns. Thanks for you comment on it though, I can hardly wait to show it off with all three borders on it!!

  2. JOY IS A SIMPLE QILT–LOVE IT!Ii FINISHED MY PURSE..DROP BY AND SEE IT! THANKS AGAIN FOR THE FABTIC.

  3. ooh….I think I might do this for my next quilt!

    • Jennie, this was sooooo much fun to make I would highly recommend it to quilters of all experience levels. It’s so forgiving and you can use just about any kind of fabric.

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