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Another Quick Christmas Project


Christmas fabrics are taking over my sewing room, and I wanted to use a new technique to use some up.  I eventually want to do a Trip Around the World quilt, just because I haven’t ever done one.  The construction uses a cylinder technique, where you sew all your strips together into a tube, then cross-cut into strips again with rows of squares.  Starting this with a small project seemed like a good idea, just in case I didn’t like it.  Better to find that out with a table topper than a full size quilt, right?  So, starting with some 3-inch wide strips, I sewed them together.  Jelly roll strips work wonderful in this quick project.  You can use whatever number you like. I ended up with six strips, alternating red and green prints.

Quick Christmas squares 1

Pressing towards the greens will make nesting easier.

Quick Christmas squares 2

Then, the strip sets were sewn into tubes and cross cut into 5 square-strip sets, the same width as your strips.  In other words, if you use a jelly roll strip, cross cut into 2-1/2-inch strip sets.  If you use a full Width of Fabric you’ll get a lot more.  I was using fat quarters.

Quick Christmas squares 3

Pick out one seam to begin, and then pick out a second seam on the next strip set that is one square away from the first one.

Quick Christmas squares 4

Sew those together, and continue until all the strip sets are used. Add borders if you want them.

Quick Christmas squares 5

I had this cute holiday dogs fabric for the back. The holiday theme here too make the little toppers reversible.

Quick Christmas squares 6

I loaded them on the longarm side by side, so I could just keep quilting across and get both done quickly.

Quick Christmas squares 7

I stitched down the edges before starting. You can do this on a DSM too, a simple SID, or an x-pattern diagonally through the center of the squares would look nice.

Quick Christmas squares 8

Keeping in mind that I wanted them reversible, I used a tone-on-tone red matching the border on the binding.

Quick Christmas squares 9

All done! Here’s the pieced side.

Quick Christmas squares 10

And the back looks good too with the red border.

Quick Christmas squares 11

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And now, a giveaway! So you too can make this project, just comment on this post and be entered to win four fat quarters of holiday themed fabrics, along with a remnant of Holiday Dogs for the back 18×48 inches, enough for a topper or runner.  If you are a blog follower, you may leave a second comment for a second entry, just tell me how you follow in your second comment.  Sorry, Giveaway prize has been awarded.

Giveaway Fabrics 12-9-15

Want to do a quick quilt along?  Click on Christmas Table Topper for a fast and easy project in 4 steps.  Links at the end of each post take you to the next step.

Hope you are having a fun holiday season!  Are you sewing holiday projects?

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Author: Carole @ From My Carolina Home


143 thoughts on “Another Quick Christmas Project

  1. Love the fabric, thanks for the tutorial.

  2. What a cute idea! That dog fabric is just adorable too!

  3. Oh, Carole, AS USUAL , a really attractive item that you make seem so “doable”….I am actually going to try this one later today or tomorrow. Too cute! I have some Christmas fabric I thought I’d have to save until next year, but this is a nice little project to do for a couple of last minute gifts and get that fabric WORKING (since it is not paying rent)….

  4. Oh this is a great one Carole. Now I really wish I could say “I will be right over this afternoon bearing cinnamon rolls and projects to finish” but I won’t be lol
    I did start the table runner project yesterday evening. Not sure if I will finish it….. but I will try.

  5. Are we supposed to do two comments?
    Yes, I follow you by email…. from WordPress

  6. What adorable fabric…..and your table toppers are lovely…and look like a super-quick project. Thank you for the chance to win….

  7. One of those Trip Around the World quilts is on my bucket list… it’s a long list! lol.

    What fun fabrics you’re giving away. Thanks for the chance.

  8. Your blog is wonderful I love all your photos thanks for the giveaway

  9. If I didn’t have so many other projects going on I just might be tempted to try this one. Maybe I’ll come back later and do it with something other than Christmas fabrics.

  10. Trip Around the World quilts is on my to do list. Right now I `m quilting a runner and this will be addded to the list.Happy Christmas!

  11. Love, love, love your Trip around the World, would love to give it a try…, the fabrics you are giving away are just adorable!!!

  12. This is so neat – sharing a tutorial and then giving us a chance to win the fabric. I would love to make this tutorial. I have seen this pattern and have always thought about making this myself. Thanks to you, I can. Winning would be a great way to begin this project. Thank you for taking the time out to become a part of the Sew Mam Sew Giveaway Day and giving us all the chance to win. Happy Holidays to you.

  13. Just love the doggy fabric so so cute

  14. I love Christmas fabric!

  15. This would make a darling doll quilt for one of my great-nieces.

  16. Such lovely fabrics. I am (not yet) into quilting, but my daughter would love these Christmas fabrics being used for a little skirt or dress.

  17. I love all the fabrics but that doggie one is so so cute. I made a small T.A.W. quilt earlier this year, using 6 fabrics in each block. It’s now waiting to be finished off. If I was making it again I would plan it a lot better than just loads of different fabrics 🙂

  18. Also, I follow you via email. I’m making kiddie presents at the moment so that’s keeping me busy 🙂

  19. Love those silly dogs!

  20. What a great way to use up fabric! I’m planning to take your idea and make placemats with tractor fabric for one of my favorite “rusty iron” groups to use as a fund raiser. They use their money to put on educational programs about agriculture and food production. Very few students know that there is a huge industry behind what they see on their grocery store shelves and that there are thousands of good jobs behind what they eat.

  21. Thanks for the tutorial and the giveaway. A Christmas table runner would be great in my kitchen. When you do a big trip around the world, I want to follow along!

  22. I look at your blog every day and really enjoy it. Love your tablescapes

  23. Love all your Christmas fabrics, especially the doggie one.

  24. I subscribed to your newsletter.

  25. I’m loving to doggie fabric! Sew cute.

  26. Jo N.

    This is such a good idea for a table topper.

  27. Great tutorial, now I just need to find the time to make one.

  28. Thanks for the tutorial. What a cool idea! Haven’t tried this way before.
    That fabric is so adorable. Thank you for the chance to win it.

  29. That doggy fabric is soo cute! Thank you for the chance! 🙂 tghjlw @ gmail . com

  30. Love the little table topper. Great way to use of some of my many fat quarters!

  31. I follow you blog through wordpress. You bookmarked on my favorites list!

  32. What a great tutorial and the chance to win the fabrics to make this up is a bonus! Thanks for the chance to win.

  33. I absolutely love that dog holiday fabric and what a great tutorial! My email is: Trekkiechick29 (at) gmail (dot) com

  34. Such fun fabrics for a table topper. I follow through e-mail.

  35. love the fabric , thanks for the giveaway

  36. What sweet puppy fabric! My daughter and husband would love it!

  37. Look at the doggies! Sew cute!

  38. following by RSS

  39. your placemats are beautiful! I just made some, but not to thrilled with them, so another set is needed!!! Thanks for the giveaway!

  40. I just discovered you and now follow the old fashioned way…via email!!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  41. I love holiday themed fabrics.. The dog one is especially cute 🙂

  42. Followed on bloglovin 🙂

  43. Sweet fabric! thank you so much!

  44. Following on Bloglovin

  45. Dogs with antlers?!? I need this fabric LOL My little girl would love it 🙂

  46. Really cute project. Great fabrics.

  47. Love this fabric! Thanks for a chance to win.

  48. Following on Bloglovin’.

  49. Love the topper, so cute with the mini house.

  50. Another nice tutorial, thanks! That “howl”idays fabric is too cute!

  51. Love the dog fabric. Thanks for the chance

  52. I have never used that technique either and love how you tried it on something small. I just loved how it turned out! The fabric is adorable.

  53. Love your Toppers!! I am busy making flannel Jamma’s for the Kiddo’s & Grankiddo’s! Am also crocheting dishrags to match colors in patchwork trimmed dish towels. (shhhh…Christmas surprises… giggle)

  54. Lovely fabric! thanks for the chance!!

  55. That dog fabric is so cute! It’s been great seeing all the holiday projects you’ve got going. I liked seeing everyone’s Christmas mystery, and I’m really looking forward to Scrap Dance 2!

  56. Good Evening Carole! I adore the fabrics that you used for your Trip Around The World Table Toppers, I would be delighted to win these. It has been a very long time since I have done a Trip Around The World and doing Table Toppers is an excellent suggestion, especially for Christmas Gifts! I have been having so much fun making Christmas presents this month. I got the table topper all quilted last night and just need to get the binding made and put on now. The girls were over today, so I worked on quilting a Christmas Stocking and helping Deanna get her Table Topper Quilted. She has never done any quilting before. I also found out that my Niece is 3 months pregnant and so I want to make all sorts of baby items. Which after sitting for a tad bit, I should get back to the sewing machine! Again, thank you for the great idea again! Have a wonderful creative day! You, my friend, are a very talented individual with so many great ideas!

  57. Carole, Yippppeee! I get a second chance at all of that spectacular fabric! I follow by email. Of course, you already know that…but I do try very hard and play by the rules! Fair is Fair. So, off I go to do some creating of my own. Hubby and I stopped by the dollar store last night before heading over to Mom and Dads for a long fun visit. We picked up some beautiful ribbons for decorating some wreaths and some other things also. I will share pictures when I get them all made; well if they turn out. This is a total new adventure for me! Have a great night Carole and thanks again!

  58. I love the Christmas Dogs print! I would love to make something with it.

  59. You’re so talented! I love your quilts. I’m sewing some teddy bears made from old baby blankets… keepsake bears. 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway!

  60. SO darling! I love the gingerbread!

  61. That dog fabric is so cute! I’m working on a scrappy trip around the world quilt, just needs the final border. Once I got the hang of it, the blocks were fun to make!

  62. Carole, enjoyed your scrappy Christmas topper. I haven’t made a “trip” quilt yet either and wondered if I’d like it well enough, so this is a great try-it project. BTW, I must tease you a bit. You stated you used 6 strips….I counted 7. LOL Please enter me in the drawing! :o)

  63. I love that Christmas fabric. Thank you for the tutorial

  64. Clearly written directions, and nice choice of fabrics for giveaway. Thank you for the chance.

  65. Oh my gosh, those fabrics are SO cute! Thanks and God bless! ILuvTheEucharist @

  66. Definitely checking out that table runner sew along. Did one for Halloween and loved it. I would love a Christmas one too.

  67. What a cute topper! I love those dogs!

  68. I love the Holiday Dog fabric! It is so cute!

  69. Pretty fabrics and design, you make this look so easy and make me want to start on something right away.

  70. Love the dogs. I just used some Happy Howlidays so I’m with you.

  71. A Trip Around the World quilt is on my bucket list. I’m glad to see you finally gave it a try! Yours looks great in those fun Christmas prints.

  72. I’m a relatively new email follower and have enjoyed your posts this past month!

  73. Thanks for the chance to win. I love this method may have to try it out!

  74. I appreciate your giving us the chance to win.

  75. Fun holiday fabrics! thank you!

  76. I am a new follower on bloglovin!

  77. Those dogs are adoreable! Thank you for having the giveaway.

  78. Very cute finish, I love the fun scrappiness!

  79. You know I follow your wonderful blog 🙂 (via bloglovin)

  80. Such cute fabric. Thanks for the great giveaway.

  81. I’m following by email.

  82. Love the doggie Christmas fabric and the finished product!

  83. My neighbor’s daughter would love that dog fabric!

  84. Thanks so much for the chance to win – I LOVE Christmas fabric! 😉
    Merry Christmas
    Debby E
    samtaylorcjsmimi at yahoo dot com

  85. following you on bloglovin
    Debby E
    samtaylorcjsmimi at yahoo dot com

  86. Wow, beautiful fabrics! I’m new to quilting, but I look at yours and drool a bit 🙂

  87. I like your technique for the topper. Looks so cute! Thank you for your generosity!

  88. Great pattern, and geat giveaway 😉

  89. I follow you with Bloglovin

  90. I love table toppers and runners! They are fun to practice new techniques and so nice to pull out of a drawer to change up the décor! Yours is so pretty!

  91. I am a bloglovin’ follower and love your posts!

  92. Lovely work. Thanks for the chance tomwin

  93. Very cute fabric!

  94. I follow you with bloglovin.

  95. I love your project and the fabrics! I will be looking around and be back regularly! thanks for sharing.

  96. Cute, cute, cute – and thanks for the tute!

  97. Thanks for the giveaway! That looks like an easy project!

  98. Thank you for the chance to win, love the fabric!

  99. I follow you on bloglovin

  100. Love your project. The dog fabric looks so sweet. Thank you for the giveaway.

  101. What a cute baby quilt! Love those doggies with antlers.

  102. what a cute project!

  103. I follow you on Bloglovin.

  104. Fun project. I like the way you loaded your longarm. Smart. Yesterday my 6 year old grand daughter made a pillowcase for her 16 mo. nephew. She picked out the fabric, I cut it out and helped her pin. She did all the sewing with a little help on staying at 5/8 seam allowance. I love to have my grandchildren make Christmas projects. Thanks.

  105. following via bloglovin

  106. love the Christmas dog print and your project

  107. I follow on Bloglovin. Merry Christmas. crystalbluern at tds dot net

  108. This holiday season is the most favorite for me. I know some find it stressful but to me… it is the best.! No holiday topper yet for me but I sure could use one.

  109. Thanks for a chance to win! julia(dot)glotova(at)gmail(dot)com

  110. These fabrics are very cute and I love your completed project x

  111. Love the Christmas Dog fabric!

  112. You always do such nice work and you are quick too. Thanks for another awesome give awY.

  113. What a lovely project for the holidays! Thanks for sharing and thanks for the great giveaway.

  114. Thanks for the chance !

  115. thanks for the offer!! kove the quilts!

  116. That is such a nice little project you showed us. A generous giveaway of beautiful fabric too.

  117. I follow you on email

  118. I’d love to make some holiday pennants! Thanks for the giveaway.

  119. Cute Christmas fabrics!

  120. new follower by bloglovin

  121. your quilt is lovely. I just love that dog fabric

  122. Love that it is reversible. The dogs are fun.

  123. I follow through bloglovin.

  124. That dog fabric is beautiful – I know exactly who I’d make this for!

  125. i follow on bloglovin

  126. I love anything with Christmas fabrics. Thanks for the link to the table topper!

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