A Very Cherry Christmas Quilt

Cherry Christmas Patchwork

Last week I decided to do a bit of selfish sewing and make my family a Christmas quilt. I tend to do all my Christmas sewing the last week in November. Three years ago it was the advent calendar. Last year it was the tree skirt. I guess I’m pretty motivated by a December 1st deadline.

Cherry Christmas Patchwork

Due to my self imposed short deadline, I chose one of my favorite quick and easy layouts – 5″ squares. And to make it even easier, I used mostly charm packs from Aneela Hoey’s Cherry Christmas line.

Cherry Christmas Patchwork

I really love Aneela’s artwork. The designs on the fabric are so pretty and holiday, but in an understated way. For some reason, I decided I just needed to add the black text print from Violet Craft’s Madrona Road into the mix. This led to the addition of a few other prints, including some pearl bracelets by Lizzy House, dots from Sarah Jane‘s Children at play, and a Kei Honeycomb.

Additional Fabrics

I really love that punch that the black prints add.

Cherry Christmas Patchwork

A bit of sizing details…I used 4 charm packs and 40 additional cut squares (5″ x 5″ each). The quilt is 13 columns by 16 rows. It measures around 59″ x 72″.

Wavy Quilting

I quilted using a wavy line. On my machine, I use the Running Stitch (Bernina 440QE stitch #4, looks like a zigzag), max out the width and set the length to 4. Although this led to some kind of boring hours of quilting, I love the finished effect.

Cherry Christmas Patchwork

The back is a flannel from Bonnie and Camille‘s line Vintage Modern. I used 4 yards with a tiny amount left over. I did prewash the flannel…I knew it would shrink a lot more than the cotton on the front. The binding is also from Bonnie and Camille, but their new line Marmalade. I just couldn’t resist it for a Christmas quilt.

So now I’m enjoying some snuggles under the quilt, at least until Spring!

Comments

  1. 1

    says

    I love the Sew Cherry fabric line! Thank you for sharing your quilting method. I have the same machine and I think that I am going to give your method a try.
    Stefanie

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    says

    it’s so pretty!!! and love that quilting!!! Do you still use the guide to keep everything sort of straight? I think i’d get so distracted and end up getting it all chris-crossed. :)

    • 3

      says

      Anna – I just use the edge of the walking foot for my guide. I line it up to “top/bottom” part of the wave and nothing overlaps. The best part is if you aren’t exact, you can’t even tell. :)

  3. 6

    says

    Its Lovely, My dreams were to big for a Quilter of the first year.. I am spinning in Mud… My family has to many bdays and etc during Oct and Dec.. Plus 2 sons got married in Sept. plus a new grandson so I am behind.. I have been planning to use your Star Quilt tutorial for oh about 6 m for my flicker group Liberty and Justice and do you know I had to stay up to one 1am to make it. Thank God its such an easy block…I want to share it with you, Its made with Kona Modern Print .. its wild !

  4. 7

    says

    Thank you! Burned out of ideas, but I have a nice stack of Cherry Christmas, and even some Sew Stitchy. I am officially giving myself permission to make us a new, simple snuggly for Christmas :D I have a Husky, but have a similar wavy stitch setting. I hope you don’t mind I run with your idea? Beautiful and inspiring result!

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    Pam says

    So nice, especially like the flannel back and stripe binding, thanks for sharing… I don’t know why I wait to the last minute for Christmas inspiration sewing….

  6. 10

    says

    This is a really great Christmas quilt! I love how you machine stitched it. I’m not confident in free-motion quilting, but will try your way on my next quilt!

    Merry Christmas!

  7. 15

    Bruinbr says

    Great Christmas quilt! It looks so snugly! Thanks also for posting how you did the quilting! Can’t wait to try it out!

  8. 16

    darci says

    cherry christmas will be my christmas quilt too. I have 2 charm packs and some solids from the Pink Chalk subscription and have been collecting red/white and green/white blenders. Love the flannel on the back- so cozy for a holiday quilt!

  9. 17

    says

    I love this fabric line too and your quilting is beautiful. I notice you have very little drift. When you are quilting parallel lines like this do you always start on the same side of the quilt and move across or do you alternate? I have been alternating directions every other row and am having problems with drift and am trying to figure out how to eliminate that. Thanks.

    • 18

      says

      Hi Caryn – I do half the quilt in 1 direction and then do the other half in the other direction (due to my sewing machine’s harp space). Honestly, I don’t worry about a little drift. I correct any minor issues every time I hit a seam (where I can align my walking foot to it). In this case, any minor drifting would be corrected every 4.5″ or about 7 waves. I think any minor imperfections are what makes the item really handmade and not look like it was made in bulk in a factory in China by an automated machine. :)

      • 19

        says

        I was going to ask this very question so I’m glad you got it covered. I absolutely love this quilt! You have such a way with color – I think you should venture into fabric design. You’d be very good at it :-)

  10. 22

    Nancy says

    Thank you, thank you for giving such great inf re: your work. Love that you helped a new Bernina sewer with what stitch you used! Happy Holidays to you & your family.

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    Maria do Carmo says

    Muito legal quando conseguimos feitos com antecedência,é linda demais sua colcha.Obrigada por informações valiosas.Que você e sua família tenha um Natal de Fé e Paz.Beijo grande.

  12. 28

    Sarah says

    I love the quilt! So simple yet effective. I do love Aneela’s fabrics. Where is the beautiful outdoor Christmas tree? Is this your yard? I’d love that. JEALOUS! We don’t really have the right sort of pines in Australia for that.

  13. 30

    says

    Since when is it selfish to sew a warm, beautiful quilt for your family?! In my book, that’s called Nurturing, Loving, Nesting, Soothing — certainly not SELFISH! Selfish would be if I took ALL of the Christmas money and used it to buy myself a new sewing machine, and then gave my husband and children tube socks for Christmas. And I’m only SLIGHTLY tempted…

    I would never do that. Well… NO! ;-)

  14. 34

    Melanie says

    Love the idea of flannel on the back for a Christmas quilt. Did you machine dry or just air dry the flannel after washing? How did the finished quilt wash/dry with two fabrics? I need to try this!

    • 35

      says

      Hi Melanie – I machined dried the flannel since that is what I will normally do when washing/drying the quilt. So far, no problem with using the 2 fabrics together.

  15. 38

    Rachel Washburn says

    Hey Faith, I love this quilt! I think I get so caught up in block designs that I forget about good old scrappy square quilts. I think it’s the simplicity of this quilt that makes it so pretty, and I love the few patches of black! You have such a good eye for color!

  16. 39

    Cecilia says

    Great quilt! I love the simplicity of it and the punch of black. Thanks for letting us know what stitch you used.

  17. 41

    says

    Hi Faith, I love your quilting on the holiday quilt with the BERNINA running stitch! I hope you don’t mind, I am linking back to your blog post as a great example of using the running stitch in quilting at WeAllSew.com. :) Erika

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    Lori says

    Just curious what stitch would this be on a 180? Is it possible to do this on that machine?
    Thanks!
    Love your work!

    Lori

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