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This Christmas season I went from zero Christmas quilts to two Christmas quilts!

I started this scrappy Expanding Stars quilt a bit ago and finally finished it up days before Christmas.   This is my Expanding Stars quilt pattern using fabrics from my stash.   The original pattern requires yardage but it’s easy to make a scrappy version by choosing a variety of 12 inch squares.

expanding stars quilt expanding stars quilt I used a lot of V&Co Color me happy fabrics along with Karen Lewis’ Blueberry Park for my scrappy Expanding Stars.   I was thrilled to find this out of print Color me Happy green dots for my backing.   Very festive! expanding stars quilt This one is quilted with simple straight lines following the seams using my walking foot. expanding stars quilt expanding stars quilt expanding stars quilt expanding stars quilt expanding stars quilt You can find the Expanding Stars Quilt Pattern in my shop.

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I spent a good part of the day yesterday photographing quilts!  It’s our dreary part of the year where we are lucky to see the sun once a week and yesterday it made it’s appearance intermittently.  So I took advantage and photographed some quilts.

This Cotton and Steel Triangle Hexies quilt was one of them :)   I actually started this quilt 6 months ago and then it sat as a quilt top for 4 months until I got around to finishing it.   And now that I’ve photographed it I can finally wash it and put into rotation or gift it.

This is my Triangle Hexies Quilt pattern available in my shop.

Cotton and Steel Trianlge Hexies Quilt I pretty much adore anything Cotton and Steel puts out and their black and white lines are no exception.   I debated between all black and white or adding the color.  I went with the color for a little added contrast.  Cotton and Steel Trianlge Hexies Quilt This quilt pattern goes together pretty quickly and does not have any Y seams.  It’s a fun one to make.  This is the second Triangle Hexies I’ve made.  I blogged the other one here. Cotton and Steel Trianlge Hexies Quilt I realized this summer that I have a large outdoor surface to spray baste on!   I took my quilts to the back deck this fall for basting.   The wind and you know, blowing leaves add a little extra challenge but no icky fumes in the house.  :) Cotton and Steel Trianlge Hexies Quilt I free motion quilted this Triangle Hexies quilt!  I have only free motioned a handful of times but enjoy it each time I do.   I did a stipple pattern on this one.   It’s far from perfect but it’s a very forgiving pattern to free motion.  The overall effect looks decent even if you feel like your stitches are terrible.  Crazy Mom Quilts has a really good blog post about free motion quilting.   I never knew where to start and where to go but her post really helped with that.  Cotton and Steel Trianlge Hexies Quilt Cotton and Steel Trianlge Hexies Quilt Cotton and Steel Trianlge Hexies Quilt I backed this one with my favorite Cotton and Steel black and white print.. those adorable bears!  So cute! Cotton and Steel Trianlge Hexies Quilt Cotton and Steel Trianlge Hexies Quilt Cotton and Steel Trianlge Hexies Quilt Cotton and Steel Trianlge Hexies Quilt Cotton and Steel Trianlge Hexies Quilt Cotton and Steel Trianlge Hexies Quilt
Pattern:  Triangle Hexies Quilt
Cotton and Steel Black and White line
Cotton and Steel Basics
Grey:   Kona by Robert Kaufman in Silver

Spray Baste:

Triangle Ruler:


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After several years of quilting I finally made us a Christmas quilt!  A red and green traditional colors Christmas quilt.  Per the husband’s request.  I’m still not sure if it was a sarcastic request or not..lol..  But I love it!

I wanted to keep it very traditional so I went with scrappy Christmas colors.   Coming up with enough red from my stash was a challenge and I’m pretty sure I don’t have any greens left ;)   I used the last of my gold fabrics also.   After debating between patchwork squares and triangles I decided to go with a triangle quilt.   I love triangle quilts and have made a few in the past.

quiltylove_emilydennis-8097 I pulled all of the fabrics for this scrappy triangle quilt from my stash.  I’ve made a few quilts lately from my stash.  I love the feeling of actually using up what I have!  quiltylove_emilydennis-7929 If you want to attempt your own triangle quilt I highly recommend a triangle ruler!   That lopped off top on these rulers really help with lining up seams.   I used this Fons and Porter Ruler for mine.  It’s my favorite 6.5in triangle ruler.

quiltylove_emilydennis-8050 I didn’t use a pattern for this one.  I just cut a bunch of 6.5 in strips from my fabrics and started cutting out triangles.

My triangle quilt measures about 55in x 75in.  I used 204 triangles including those end pieces.   I find it easier to just trim the edges straight after quilting instead of using half triangles on the edges.   One fat quarter will give you 8 triangles.  So if you are using only fat quarters you will need 26 fat quarters or 12 half yards.   Or just find a whole bunch of scrap pieces and start cutting triangles :) quiltylove_emilydennis-1 quiltylove_emilydennis-2 quiltylove_emilydennis-8067 quiltylove_emilydennis-3 I quilted this one with simple straight lines following all of the seams using my walking foot. quiltylove_emilydennis-8112 Christmas is definitely my favorite holiday and this quilt is so happy to look at :) quiltylove_emilydennis-8081 quiltylove_emilydennis-8119 quiltylove_emilydennis-8086 quiltylove_emilydennis-8099 quiltylove_emilydennis-8102 I took home this flannel Kate Spain fabric from a retreat this summer and was super happy that it worked for this Christmas quilt :)   The backing is a bit of an orangey red but with the various red shades on the front I thought it worked just fine.   Plus it’s flannel!   Perfect for a Christmas quilt around here.  quiltylove_emilydennis-8121 Here’s a random fact.   LED Christmas lights are difficult to photograph!   They will actually flicker so the camera does not always catch them on!   You can see the top portion is actually missed and not lit in this shot.   Isn’t that kind of crazy!  Our eye doesn’t see the flicker but the fast shutter speed on my camera doesn’t always catch them on.  quiltylove_emilydennis-8106 quiltylove_emilydennis-8123 quiltylove_emilydennis-8124 quiltylove_emilydennis-8073 quiltylove_emilydennis-8134 A black and white bias stripe binding finished this festive Christmas quilt off.   I know this will be such a fun seasonal quilt to pull out every year :) quiltylove_emilydennis-8137


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  • Sue - I love, love, love this quilt!ReplyCancel

  • Debbie - This is lovely! I really like that it is “Christmasy” without using Christmas fabrics. Very nice!ReplyCancel

  • Chris - Really great, Emily! Question for you: when you use flannel for the back (or in any other application), do you pre-wash it? Even if your quilt cotton is not pre-washed? Thanks in advance!ReplyCancel

    • Emily@QuiltyLove - I do not pre-wash my flannels. I haven’t noticed it shrinking more than my unwashed cotton quilt tops. So far, I’ve backed and washed several quilts in flannel with no issues. But I will say, when in doubt, it never hurts to pre-wash :)ReplyCancel

  • Julie - Is there a trick to sewing the triangles together? I have such a hard time getting them lined upReplyCancel

    • Emily@QuiltyLove - Engineered corners make all the difference! An Engineered corner is standard on some triangle rulers. It’s the lopped off top and sometimes notched corners. Makes lining up so easy! I used regular triangles for my first couple of triangle quilts and lining up was tricky. Leaving 1/4in overhang as you sew together is required but it’s difficult to be accurate!ReplyCancel

Get your jelly rolls ready because I have a fun new jelly roll friendly quilt pattern to share today.  Jelly rolls are one of my favorite precuts because it’s the easiest way to get the entire fabric line all at once.  They are fun to collect because they look so cute sitting on a shelf.   That makes them easy to hoard ;)  But not today!   Choose your favorite one and whip up this easy and fun quilt pattern.

Get your copy in the Quilty Love Pattern shop!

Jelly Rings Quilt Jelly Roll is actually a Moda Fabrics term.  It’s a collection of 2.5in x the width of the fabric strips.   So usually 2.5in x 42in.  A jelly roll usually has about 40 strips from the same fabric line in the roll.   Other brands call them by different names such as Design Rolls, Roll ups or just 2.5in strips.

The Jelly Rings quilt uses 1 jelly roll or x30 2.5in x WOF strips from your fabric collection.  Jelly Rings is just that,  rings around a simple 4 patch.  Jelly Rings allows the fabrics to shine while still subtly mixing them all together.  Jelly Rings Quilt I love the secondary plus sign this quilt makes.  It’s always fun when a secondary pattern shines through.  Jelly Rings Quilt I went with a Joel Dewberry Jelly roll for my version.   This is the Wander fabric line.  The bright jewel tone colors pop so beautifully against my favorite stark white background.  Jelly Rings Quilt This quilt is a great one for beginners.

Jelly Roll strips don’t always measure an exact 2.5in wide so taking the time to trim them is helpful in lining seams up better.   I regretted not trimming my strips so not all points are perfect but the pattern is forgiving in that they are hardly noticeable.

There are a few strip piecing shortcuts allowing this one to go together in no time. Jelly Rings Quilt Jelly Rings Quilt I quilted my Jelly Rings quilt with my favorite zig zag stitch on my Janome.  I spaced the stitched lines 1 inch apart.   This stitch gives such a pretty overall effect and crinkles up so nicely.  Jelly Rings Quilt Jelly Rings Quilt I backed the Jelly Rings Quilt with a pretty aqua fabric from the Wander line and finished it off with a black and white striped binding. Jelly Rings Quilt Jelly Rings Quilt Jelly Rings Quilt quiltylove_jellyringsquiltpattern-1-5 This quilt is a throw size quilt and the directions include an option with or without sashing.  You can get your copy in my pattern shop as an instant PDF download or paper copy.


I also made a fall version of the Jelly Rings Quilt and will blog it soon.

dsc_7827 Jelly Rings Quilt Pattern

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