3 Kids 3 Quilts for Christmas

Thank you so much to all of you that played along with my Handmade Christmas Quilt Along. I hope that many of you were able to give handmade quilts for Christmas (or other holiday) this year.

Okay… I’ll admit about December 22nd I thought I had LOST MY MIND… wondering why I get myself into these crazy situations.  At one point I said to a friend “I surrender, Christmas you win… I give up.”

Honestly if it weren’t for the quilt along and me telling the “blog world” I was making my kids quilts for Christmas, I would have just given up… Then the quilts would have gone to the “someday” pile and that would not be good. So for that I am thankful to this blogging community that I have here- some positive peer pressure is good sometimes.

For those of you that wanted to play along but didn’t quite get them done, a friend of mine had a great suggestion. Instead of a Christmas gift, why not one for a birthday gift for your kids? That spreads out the work a bit along the year.

Now I try not to be one for excuses but I do have a very good excuse for finishing these at the last minute… I got a new sewing machine the week before Christmas!! I ordered it in November and got it delivered and all put together just in time to finish these quilts.   It’s just a sit down long arm quilter, (decided the one one the frame was too much pressure for me)…   I’m proud of it because I paid for it all myself… I saved for 4 years, it felt pretty good.

I will also say that I have NEVER free motion quilted a quilt before, and I decided to quilt 3 of them the 3 days before Christmas on a new machine, and one had minke on the back.  Yeah — see why I questioned my sanity at one point?

Long story short (or shorter) the quilts got done all but the binding and were under the tree Christmas Eve.  My kids were not even suprised at this point- they had all figured out what I was up to.

The quilting looks good to me and my kids but anyone with a trained eye, I’m sure would cringe.. but I figure you’ve got to learn somehow and quilting 3 quilts in 3 days is a good way to “jump in”.

Handmade Christmas Quilt Along

Now that you’ve heard my “life story” at least for the month of December… I’ll move onto the quilts. To see the whole story you can click back through posts labeled “quilt along”… there I’ve got dimensions, fabric details etc.

First up is my son’s quilt- I think it’s my favorite.  I’m happy with the pattern. I decided to release it as a new PDF pattern in my shop. I won’t be deleting the info about it from my blog, but if you’d rather just get it all the instructions in one place on one document instead of scrolling back though 10 blog posts,  you’ll be able to buy it in the shop by the end of the month.

My son  said the pac man print is his favorite, I think it’s mine too–  here it is on his bed.

Next up is my younger daughters quilt… simple patchwork- mostly Sarah Jane  and 30’s reproduction fabrics… I love the “vintagey” feel of this one.

I just did a random piecing of the prints, in a few places I should have been more random- but overall I’m really happy with it… plus it’s soft- it’s got some Bonnie and Camille Ruby flannel fabric on the back.

Last up is my oldest daughters quilt. It was originally to be 12 14″ hedgerow blocks… then I made 4 and could get them all the same size (still learning) plus they were getting really really busy- even with the white sashing I was worried it would be too much. I love to work with novelty prints but sometimes it’s challenging.
So the week before Christmas I redesigned the whole thing. I used the 4 blocks I had then just “improv” pieced the rest of the quilt top. Thank goodness I got a quilt design wall- it was a life safer!!
I went from absolutley hating this quilt to absolutely loving it by the end.  All the white parts are moda pre cut basics, jelly roll strips, charm squares and one layer cake square.  I used all the strips I cut for the blocks for a top and bottom border and tried to “ground” the quilt by putting the darker colors at the bottom.
She got her drivers license this year so I had to include the cars.. and she’s been collecting elephants since she was little, hence all of the pink elephant print.

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

 Quilt Along: Learn step by step how to make a quilt as a gift for your kids on polkadotchair.com

Okay now its YOUR turn…

-Did you have a Handmade Holiday?

-Did you follow along with our Quilt Along?


-Did you make gifts this year for Christmas or Hanukkah?

If so, link up your creations!!

Here’s the rules they are simple (I’ve never hosted a linky party before, so here goes nothing!!)

-link up a craft (doesn’t have to be a quilt) you made FOR someone, your kids, friends, family grandkids etc.. not just a craft you made a GIFT you made.

-I would appreciate if you would add my button to your post, but it’s not required

the Polkadot Chair

-Link to blog or flickr photo

-No shop/store links

I’ll be highlighting a few next week in a blog post!  I’ll leave the linky party open for 1 week.

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

    I love them all. But as a mom of 4 boys (now grown men) I really like your sons. Always lots of pretty girl stuff but you seldom see cool boy things. Great job.
    I should learn to quilt.

    • Kendra says

      Shelly its not hard to quilt. Grab a charm squares from local quilt shop and starting sewing. If I can do it any one can. Have a Merry Christmas.

  2. says

    I think you did a great job. Congratulations on getting them done. I almost started to do the quilt along but I needed to make 4 quilts and that just seemed a little overwhelming to me. But I have decided to do them for birthdays this year. I think I can manage that.

  3. says

    your quilts turned out great! I still have 2 more to do; with my school age kids going back to school tomorrow i might be able to get back to doing a little sewing. Thanks so much for the Quilt Along… i would not have completed the 4 quilts without it! i accidentally did the same linky twice; maybe you can delete one? Happy New Year!

  4. Julie says

    I can’t find where to purchase the pattern you made for your son’s Christmas quilt. Would you mind pointing me in the right direction? Thank you!

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