Friday, December 16, 2022

Holiday Quilts I Love / Beauties Pageant 198

As a kid, I loved seeing all the Christmas trinkets my grandmother would unearth every December, from her vintage reindeer candles to her manger scene. Those items were as much a part of the celebration as the tree or the desserts she contributed to the holiday spread.

Although I appreciated the familiarity of my grandmother’s holiday decor and enjoyed revisiting those objects year after year, it took me decades to realize that I’m not much of a seasonal decorator. And I have tried! I have bought some beautiful and meaningful objects over the years, most of which are still (even on December 16) in boxes in my attic. A few years ago, though, I started making quilts with Christmas and winter themes. Finally, I found my way of celebrating the season.

What you see here are the wintry quilts that live at From Bolt to Beauty world headquarters. It’s worth noting that I enjoyed making them so much that I sewed three of these four patterns twice (the twins were gifted years ago).

All of these patterns have their strengths. From top to bottom, the Christmas trees are a great stash buster, Kate Spain’s Chalet pattern makes the most of fat quarters, Camille Roskelley’s Norway design features big, bold blocks, and Gingiber’s Merrily quilt is an interesting way to use panels of a certain size. To read more about these projectsand to see some of their backsclick on the links below.

If you’ve encountered a winter-themed quilt pattern that you’ve loved enough to make twice, I’d love to hear about it!

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  1. Such fun festive quilts! I love them all. I can relate to your difficulties with decorating. My grandmother was a natural. Her house was fully - yet tastefully - decorated for all the holidays. I just didn’t inherit that gene.


  2. I'm not a seasonal decorator, either. I did get a strand of lights up (and on a timer, ooooh) this year, which is as much as I have done in years. Merry Christmas!

  3. I keep trying to make myself a winter themed quilt but every time I finish one, it ends up going home with someone who falls in love with it. I love the ones you made.

  4. I love my Snowflake quilt - pattern by Modern Handcraft. I have not sewn it twice yet, but I hear it is adictive ;) xo


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