Handmade Christmas Quilt Along…

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Handmade Christmas Quilt AlongI’m going to be totally selfish today- I totally admit that I have an ulterior motive with the quilt along I’m going to talk about today. You can be selfish too and follow along…

Two years ago for Christmas I decided my kids were getting to many toys that ended with an ii or started with an i… and that I needed to balance out all of the electronics with some soft home made things.

So I made each of them a lap quilt.   I did it kinda on a whim, and will admit to making all 3 in about a 48 hr period (crazy I know!)…

Since then, they have drug those little quilts all over with them.  My son calls it his “special blanky” and insists on taking it everywhere with him.  I will admit I was a little surprised at how much they liked them!

Since the quilts are all starting to show signs of wear, I decided that this year I am going to make them another quilt.  I’ve got 3 kids so thats 3 quilts before Christmas.  I’m bound and determined to start earlier this year.  What better way to get something done than to commit to blog about it?

I’ve talked to a few friends who want to make similar quilts for their kids this year, and thought it might be fun to do a bit of a “Quilt Along”

Here’s how it will work:

-I’ll share with you the stages of making one of these lap quilts (a little at a time before Christmas).. I’ll tell you when I’m buying fabric, when I’m designing the blocks, when I’m machine quilting it etc.

-We are not all going to make the same design quilt. Instead I’ll share with you tips and inspiration for making a QUICKLY and EASILY pieced quilt top… you pick which method you like, stripes, blocks, rectangles etc… I know that one of my quilts will be a super simple design while another one may be a bit more intricate.

-If enough people are following along, I’ll host a linky party a couple of times so you can all share your progress! (and have a little bit of accountability to get it done!)

-I’ll explain each step in detail. If you’ve never quilted before you can do this.  Don’t stress… it’s just for fun.

I’m very excited about this not just because it will help me get the quilts for my kids done, but also because I get to share my creative process with you!

I get asked a lot where I get my ideas from.  I think that by letting you “follow along” while I make something it will give you a little peek into my process and how I get ideas and then the steps I take to bring them to reality.

So do you want to follow along? Challenge yourself to a Handmade Christmas?

It all starts Wednesday with Step ONE: Fabric Selection and Design ideas. Stay tuned.


Here are the links to all the posts in this Quilt Along:

Step One

Step Two

Start Cutting

Cutting Part 2

Start Sewing

Backing and Batting

Progress Report

Machine Quilting

Last Update

Finished Quilts

Finished Quilt


Melissa Mortenson is the author of the Polka Dot Chair blog which is in its 7th year of sharing fresh and creative ideas with readers. She is the author of “Project Teen, Handmade Gifts your Teen will Actually Love”. Her first fabric line “Derby Style” debuted in January 2015 through Riley Blake Designs. A mom of 3, she considers herself lucky to be living in Kentucky.


  1. says

    Crazy! I had already planned to make 3 lap quilts this Christmas also. I would be thrilled to do a quilt along with you :) ~ and the push to get them done early will be nice. Thank you.

  2. says

    I totally need the accountability because I am a beginner and I have no idea how to quilt the top (except stitch in the ditch)! Thank you for this quilt along, sounds fun!

  3. says

    Whoa. I am a beginner but have cut up my 2 1/2 yr old grandson’s receiving blankets & made a quilt top out of them. Then, I have the 3 grandkids 5 doors down. Do I dare? Can I really? I am a beginner. I may have to try this.

  4. says

    I’m doing the same thing :) LOVE IT!! However, one of mine is a year quilt along so I will have to come up with something quicker for that one :)- it’s not over til next summer. And I am making 4- they are all in process, but time consuming! So excited to get ideas and follow along!! Yipee- great idea :)

  5. says

    Sounds like fun!! I was just thinking yesterday about making my four kids quilts like you did for children for Christmas, how funny is it mow you are going to have a quilt along now. great minds think alike. ;)

  6. says

    You just inspired my 13-year-old daughters Christmas present. She has a quillow I made when she was three that is FALLING apart. She needs a new blanket! Yay!

  7. says

    making your snuggle blocks quilt has been on my to do list for awhile now. Your quilt along will be a great opportunity! i have 6 kids but i will be doing great to get 3 done before christmas then 3 after Christmas. Thanks!

  8. says

    I would love to do this. I have some fabric that has been sitting in my room for too long. Now do I make it, wrap it up, and stick it under the Christmas tree for myself or give it away? :D

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