‘Twas the Night Before Christmas Quilt Tutorial
A Christmas tradition in our house includes putting up my children’s artwork. My seven year old daughter made an adorable paper plate drawing of Santa on his rounds that I always loved. Every Christmas it was displayed on the fridge. As time went by, it grew worse for wear and I thought it would make a wonderful little quilt. It is a great way to preserve memories and you might like to use your own child’s art.
Materials to create the Christmas Quilt
- 15″ white background
- Dark blue 9 ½″ circle
- Scraps of brown, yellow, white, red fabrics
- ¼ yard red fabric for borders
- ¼ yard plaid fabric for binding
- 18″ x 18″ thin batting
- ½ yard backing fabric
- Corresponding thread colors
- Red embroidery thread
- Fusible material (lightweight)
- Sewing machine. I sew on a BERNINA 790
- BERNINA Open Embroidery foot #20C
- BERNINA Embroidery foot #26
- BERNINA Patchwork foot 97 D
Instructions on how to Create this Christmas Quilt
Cut a white background square a little larger than you’ll need. Mine is 15 inches.
I wanted to embroider the lettering (‘Twas the night before Christmas…) first so that the applique would not be hooped. To do that I put in a new needle, threaded with red top thread and a white lightweight bobbin thread, and got my machine ready. The feed dogs were lowered, the single-hole plate was put on, and I used the BERNINA Embroidery foot #26. For the size embroidery I wanted, I would need the oval hoop. These settings were programmed into the machine. Going into the writing mode in the embroidery settings, I chose the script font. Because of the letter shape, I was not getting the spacing that I liked. My B 790 allows me to customize the spacing with lots of built in features. Using the multi layers, I was able to type the letter T on one layer, and the words “was the night before Christmas…” on the second layer, using the “i” to open the various icons to adjust the embroidery. I worked on the second layer (the longest phrase), opened the rotating motif, and moved to 90 degrees so the words would fit the hoop. I shrank them down to 53% using the icon to proportionally alter the embroidery motif. Then using the bending the text icon, I turned the lower machine knob until it read -8, a curve that I thought would match the shape of the paper plate. After I got that shape I went back to layer one. I shrank that to 53% and rotated it 90 degrees. I used my finger to drag the T into position and fine tune with the two multi-functional knobs. You can use the zoom tool to see that it is just right.
I used a sticky stabilizer (so I didn’t need to hoop the fabric) and placed it in the hoop. Hoop the stabilizer first, then use a pin or sharp scissors to score and remove the paper backing on the stabilizer. Position the background fabric so it will stitch out near the bottom allowing room for the appliqué.
I like to baste around the embroidery. My BERNINA 790 will baste around the edge, too
Stitch out and remove from the hoop.
Trace out the appliqué designs using vellum to make a pattern using a black Sharpie pen. If pieces are directional, redraw on reverse side of vellum. Trace onto fusible web—I like Steam a Seam II. Tip: place sheet of white paper underneath to see designs better.
Draw a 9″ circle on fusible and cut away all but ¼″ off of inner circle, leaving 1/8″ more on outer line. Fuse to dark blue fabric following fusible directions and cut a 9″ circle.
Fuse designs for each shape and cut.
Arrange appliqué pieces onto circle and press. Place on white background centering and spacing evenly above lettering.
I used a mini-blanket stitch for the blue circle. My settings on the BERNINA 790 were stitch number 1329 with a length of 1.25 and width of 1.8. I changed out to a number 20C foot and changed the throat plate to the 9 mm opening. A piece of stabilizer under all is helpful. It will be torn off at the end.
The smaller pieces of appliqué were finished with a tiny satin stitch. The settings were stitch number 2 with a 0.25 length and a 1.5 width.
Once all the appliqués are stitched down, I added details with free-motion or additional satin stitch. The sleigh decoration was done free-motion with the BERNINA Embroidery foot #26 foot, straight stitch plate, lowered feed dogs, and a little looser tension.
The reins, glow, eyes, and mouth are done with a tiny satin stitch (length 0.25 width 1.5).
Trim to a 12 ½” square and remove stabilizer.
Add 2 ½” borders.
Layer with a thin batting and a backing. Machine-quilt lightly. I avoid the appliqués.
Add a binding. I love to use the BERNINA Patchwork foot 97 D for this as the seam guide can be set exactly where I want it.
I think I got as much use out of that one paper plate as anyone could expect, so I am glad now to translate it to a small quilt to use in the future. After all, what would Christmas be without family traditions?
Pat Delaney of Crabtree Lane Quilts.
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Good question! I’m still looking for a few of them. There’s a basket on the cutting table, a skirt with pockets under the embroidery machine, scissors on pegs on the wall, 2 mugs full of marking tools, lots of plastic storage containers, and the accessory box for my sewing machine runneth over.