Christmas Sofa Quilt – A Free Pattern

Good morning from Cindy in Ohio!  I just finished the pattern for Sandy’s latest masterpiece…a “Christmas Sofa Quilt”!
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We fell in love with this Little Tree fabric line and knew it was the perfect match for Sandy’s pattern.  She combined four 10 inch (finished) patchwork blocks to make one large patchwork block.  Here’s a close up view:

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Sandy designed this quilt with a 2 inch tone on tone border to showcase these lovely Christmas prints.  We like this pattern because the large floral blocks and the color scheme can easily be changed to use other themed fabrics for Valentine’s Day, Easter, July 4th, Halloween, Thanksgiving,  Quilts of Valor, Birthdays…you get to choose!

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You can find the FREE pdf pattern by clicking on this link: Christmas Sofa Quilt 08 20 19

We’ll also be posting this pattern to the FaveQuilts website  where you can find many more FREE quilt patterns for quilting inspiration.



A New Christmas Quilt Pattern!

Cindy here, reporting in from Ohio.  I did a lot of sewing this past weekend and finished a beautiful Christmas quilt that Sandy designed.

For the patchwork squares, Sandy combined four 10 inch blocks (finished size) to make one large 20 inch block (finished size).

We were looking for just the right fabric line for Sandy’s design and fell in love with “Little Tree” by Lella Boutique for Moda Fabrics.  What do you think?
Outside picWe ordered our fabrics from Fabric Shack, a favorite store of ours in Waynesville, Ohio. We’re working on the FREE pattern right now and hope to post it very soon!  Stay tuned!
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Free Pattern: Christmas Joy Pillow

While Sandy was visiting, we went to the Red Rooster Quilt Store in Dublin, Ohio.  They have a great selection of 2017 Christmas fabrics in stock!

Jingle Toss by Maywood Studio caught my eye because it has a colorful mix of Christmas words and graphics.  I bought 2 fat quarters, a few coordinating fabrics and designed a pillow cover.  Here is the result!


I designed the pillow cover to fit a 16 x 16 inch pillow form.  It’s the perfect size for my couch…not to big and not too small!


I used three pairs of ties at the top of the pillow to finish the closure.  To make these ties, I used extra wide, double fold bias tape.  I think the red bias tape ties in nicely (oops…pun intended!) with the red “JOY”.  Here is a closer look at the ties, they are knotted at the ends for extra texture.


If you are a beginning quilter, this step by step pattern can guide you through this easy weekend project.

You can download the pattern using this link: Christmas Joy Pillow 07 25 17

I will also post this pattern on the FaveQuilts website.  If you haven’t visited the FaveQuilts website, be sure to take a look!  You will find hundreds of FREE quilt patterns and amazing inspiration.  FaveQuilts hosts a wide variety of quilting tutorials, eBooks, techniques and videos for quilters of all skill levels.  Stop by and take a look at all the seasonal quilt patterns they offer and did I mention they are FREE?

I hope this pillow brings you (or someone you love) Christmas JOY for many years to come!


Traditional Stuffing

Christmas Past:

House rule #1225:  On Christmas morning many years ago, four eager girls were allowed to “sneak” downstairs (often on or before 2 a.m.), grab their Christmas stockings and run back upstairs to their bedrooms.  Each girl was allowed to open the special gifts and treats that Santa had stuffed in their stockings!  The gifts under the tree had to wait until mom and dad woke up around 6 a.m.

Christmas Present:

My new daughter-in-law does not have a Christmas stocking, gasp!  Immediately the quilting wheels started turning!

I found a free McCalls Christmas Stocking Pattern and got to work!  Sandy gave me several yards of this gorgeous Christmas plaid fabric last year.  Nice colors for a stocking!


I cut out the pattern and made a quilt sandwich for the front of the stocking and for the back of the stocking.  I machine quilted straight lines up and down and sideways with my walking foot.  I know, I know!  I need to venture from this boring technique but it just seemed easier that stressing out over quilting patterns that have the potential to head south faster than Sandy’s flying geese!


See?  Nice and neat, no stress for this quilting novice!


Next, I decided to embellish the top part of the stocking.  Did I ever mention I have a painter’s tape addiction?  I use it for all kinds of things in my sewing room…including fabric stenciling!  I tape the fabric and stencil combo to a giant plastic square ruler and paint away!  The painter’s tape easily peels off and does not leave a residue on the fabric.


Here is the result of my painting and sewing embellishment.


The hardest part of this project?  The top stitching around the top edge!  I tore out the stitching 3 times and broke 3 machine needles!  I even had to use pliers to get one of the needles out of the seam…and I thought machine quilting was stressful!

Christmas Future:

I hope my daughter-in-law loves her Christmas stocking. Now this newly married couple can continue together the traditional stuffing of the stocking!