Oh, the weather outside is frightful but the quilting is so delightful! Susi Bellingham is here with the cutest Christmas quilt block patterns that will give a festive touch to all your quilts and cushions. Her vintage floral blocks and stripy stocking blocks are perfect mini-projects to work on this Christmas and can be made in whatever fabric scraps (we love stash buster projects) you have leftover. Foundation Paper Piecing fans will love these simple Christmas quilt block patterns and they’re great blocks for newbies too! Just make sure you also keep our foundation paper piecing for beginners guide up next to you for extra help and guidance. Once you’ve sewn your Christmas quilt blocks be sure to check out our free foundation paper piecing patterns for more projects.
You will need
- Background fabric: ½ yd
- Simple handkerchief, centre fabric: two (2) 4½ in squares
- Simple handkerchief, border fabric: two (2) 8in squares
- Fancy handkerchief, centre fabric: three (3) 2½ in fussy cut squares
- Fancy handkerchief, inner borders: nine (9) 6in squares of at least three (3) different prints
- Fancy handkerchief, outer border fabric: three (3) 8in squares
- Simple sock, main fabric: two (2) 7in squares
- Simple sock, accent fabric: two (2) 6in squares
- Striped sock, stripe fabric: four (4) 7in squares of at least two (2) different prints
- Striped sock, accent fabric: two (2) 6in squares
- Simple handkerchief template: two (2) copies
- Fancy handkerchief template: three (3) copies
- Simple sock template: two (2) copies
- Striped sock template: two (2) copies
If you’re new to the world of quilting don’t worry. Just head over to our quilting for beginners guide for more help with technique and also discover the best sewing machine for quilting or long arm quilting machines in our round-up.
- Blocks: 8in square (finished)
- Row: 8in x 72in
- Seam allowances are ¼ in throughout, unless otherwise noted.
- Press seams to the side, unless otherwise instructed.
- Shorten your stitch length to 1.5 for Foundation Paper Piecing.
- FPP = Foundation Paper Piecing
- Templates include seam allowance around the outer edges only. For templates, head to Love Patchwork and Quilting templates issue 62.
- Fabric supplied by Fat Quarter Shop (fatquartershop.com)
Print fabrics are from collections by Heather Ross for Windham Fabrics. Background fabric is Sprinkle in Jelly Bracelet from the Basics collection by Cotton+Steel.
Susi’s Top Tips
- When adding fabric pieces, keep your seam allowance at .in and avoid trimming it too small.
- Choose a small stitch length on your machine to make it easier to remove the paper once you finish your block.
- Lay fabrics out in advance to see if they work together.
Paper pieced Christmas quilt block patterns
You Will Need
Using the template as a guide, cut the fabric pieces for each section of the FPP template, making sure the pieces will be at least ¼in larger than the section they will cover, all the way around.
Simple Handkerchief Block
Foundation Paper Piece the Simple Handkerchief Block (the blue and red block), sewing the fabrics in place in numerical order (Sections 1–9).
Trim around the outer dashed line of the paper template. Remove the template paper from the back to complete one block. Repeat to make a total of two Simple Handkerchief Blocks.
Fancy Handkerchief Block
Foundation Paper Piece the Fancy Handkerchief Block, sewing the fabrics in place in numerical order (Sections 1–21).
Trim around the outer dashed line of the paper template. Remove the template paper from the back to complete one block. Repeat to make a total of three Fancy Handkerchief Blocks.
Simple Sock Block
Foundation Paper Piece one each of the Simple Sock Block Sections A and B, sewing the fabrics in place in numerical order (Sections 1A–6A and 1B to 10B).
Arrange the two sections along the edge. Pin together carefully, making sure to match the block edges and intersecting seams of the sock.
Return your machine stitch length to normal, for piecing, and sew Sections A and B together, then press the seam open. Carefully trim around the outer dashed line of the paper templates.
Remove the paper templates from the back to complete one block, tearing along the seam lines. Repeat to make a total of two Simple Sock Blocks.
Striped Sock Block
Foundation Paper Piece one each of Striped Sock Block Sections A and B, sewing the fabrics in place in numerical order (Sections 1A–9A and 1B to 13B). Follow steps 7–9 to complete one block. Repeat to make a total of two (2) Striped Sock Blocks.