When I saw this fabric from the 1983 movie A Christmas Story, I had to make a Christmas quilt for my brother-in-law. He even owns a “Major Award” leg lamp! If you’ve seen the movie, you know what I mean. If you haven’t you are missing out on a great classic which you could be quoting the rest of your life. This pattern is quick and easy to piece–just what I needed for this busy time of year. Of course, other theme fabrics can be substituted to change up the look or the season. The finished quilt size for this Christmas quilt tutorial is 50½” x 50½”.
Materials for this Christmas Quilt Tutorial:
- 1 yard red fabric
- 5/8 yard green fabric
- 1 yard white fabric
- ¾ yard green stripe fabric (for bias binding)
- 13 – 5¼” squares of themed fabric
- 54″ x 54″ batting piece
- 54″ x 54″ backing fabric
Christmas Square: Fussy cut theme pictures and words into 5¼” x 5¼” squares.
Green fabric: Cut (3) 4¼” strips. Cut 4¼” strips into 4¼” x 4¼” squares for a total of (26) squares. Cut each square once diagonally for a total of (52) triangles.
Red fabric: Cut (2) 13⅛” strips and (1) 3 7/8″ strip. Cut (1) 13⅛” strip into (3) 13⅛” x 13⅛” squares. Cut second 13⅛” strip into (1) 13⅛” x 13⅛” square and (3) 37/8″ strips. Cut 37/8″ strips into 37/8″x 37/8″ squares for a total of (24) red squares.
White fabric: Cut (2) 13½” strips and (1) 37/8″ strip. Cut (1) 13½” strip into (3) 13½” x 13½” squares. Cut second 13½” strip into (1) 13½” x 13½” square and (3) 37/8″ strips. Cut 37/8″ strips into 37/8″ x 37/8″ squares for a total of (24) white squares. Cut (4) 13½” x 13½” squares diagonally once for a total of (8) triangles.
Green Stripe—For stop border, cut (2) strips 35½” x 1½” and (2) strips 33½” x 1½”. (Be sure to measure quilt for exact measurement.) Cut 215″ of 2½” bias.
1. Four Patch: Sew white 37/8″x 37/8″ square white to red 37/8″x 37/8″ square, right sides together with a ¼” seam allowance. Repeat for a total of (24) two patch units. Press seams toward white.
2. Sew (2) two patch units together to make a four patch unit. Repeat for a total of (12) four patch units.
3. Square in a Square: Sew green triangles to sides of square.
Sew green triangles to top and bottom.
Press seams toward green and trim triangle seam points. Repeat for a total of 13 units.
4. Assemble Quilt: Layout out quilt, alternating square in square and four patch blocks. Sew blocks together in each row and then sew rows together.
5. Patchwork Border: Measure quilt for exact border length measurement. Sew 33½” x 1½” strips to sides. Sew 35½” x 1½” strips to top and bottom.
6. Corners: Sew triangle short side to square. Sew second triangle short side to square. Repeat for a total of (4) corners. Press the seams out and trim off the triangle seam points.
7. Sew corners to quilt sides and then top and bottom.
8. Layer quilt top, batting, and back. Quilt. I free motion quilted a holly leaf in the four patch squares. The leaves fill the square and are a continuous design so they can be quilted in multiple blocks without stops and starts. I quilted swirls in the white, a large meander in the theme blocks, and a holly fill in the red.
9. Binding: Sew the bias 2½” binding strips together on the short ends using a diagonal seam. Press the seams open. Fold the 215″ inch binding piece in half lengthwise, wrong sides together and press. Trim the diagonal seam points.
10. Trim the back and batting even with the quilt top. Sew the binding to the front, mitering corners. Turn binding to the back and stitch binding down by hand. An alternative is to sew the binding to the back, turn to the front. And then top stitch by machine using the walking or even feed foot.
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