Thursday, November 30, 2017

Christmas Quilt Home Tour Part 1

Hello! Christmas decorating is definitely underway here (although we haven't yet decorated our tree), so I thought I'd stop in to share some of our Christmas quilts and decor and offer a few tips for decorating with quilts.  I'll have more to share after I get everything finished up, so this will be post one of two!



I have two quilt ladders...this white one is in our front entry way, and I change


out the quilts seasonally.  I added these quilts to the ladder a couple of days ago, and I just smile every time I walk by! Quilt patterns from top to bottom are: the Farmer's Wife quilt The Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt: Letters from 1920s Farm Wives and the 111 Blocks They Inspired, scrappy trip around the world quilt, Cameos, and Hometown.



My Lori Holt scrappy Christmas wall hanging is also in our front entry, just across from the white quilt ladder.  This was an Instagram quilt-along pattern from a few years ago.  I used all of my Kate Spain Christmas scraps for this one.  The bows on the wreaths are my favorites!



Our living room is always full of quilts and Christmas decor (sorry about the lighting here...I'm going to try and get a better photo and replace this one). But the close up photos turned out a little better...



Two of my favorite wall hanging sized quilts are placed over the back of a sofa and on top of an antique trunk.  The sofa quilt was an early one...made with charm squares, and the quilt on the trunk is a Thimbleberries pattern I finished up just before we moved into this home in December 2004.



I love, love, love this Township pillow made with Kate Spain Christmas fabrics...it's such a nice size for the sofa.  And I have plans to make one for each bed in fabrics that match the Christmas decor in that room.  You can find the free pattern download here.



Christmas pillows are my favorite!  The tree pillow on the left is from this tutorial, and the Christmas Dresden is from my book A Quilting Life: Creating a Handmade Home.




We have a fun collection of glass and ceramic Christmas trees, Santa figurines, and music boxes that always look beautiful on top of the piano with a Kate Spain Christmas fabric table runner (see close ups of my Christmas table runners on this post).



My Christmas village also sits on a table runner (I haven't yet finished accessorizing the village).



More pillows...another Christmas Dresden, and my favorite pillow with a touch of sweet embroidery (free pattern information here).



Our guest room has a couple of my Fig Tree fabric Christmas quilts on the bed (I definitely need to make the township pillow I showed earlier in Fig Tree fabrics for a decorative accent for this room. The quilt on the bottom is the red and green Fig Tree sampler from 2016, and the top quilt with the stars is my Sugar Pine Stars pattern.


Here is a better photo of the Sugar Pine Stars quilt...


You can see a few more of my quilted Christmas pillows in this post from last year...

 Tips for Christmas Decorating with Quilts and Quilted Items

Tip #1: While you are decorating this year, start a list of projects to complete for next Christmas.

Tip #2: Edit your Christmas decor while decorating--it's easier to place something in the give away or donate pile while setting things out.  It will be much tougher to do this when you're putting everything away after the holidays.

Tip #3: Take pictures of your Christmas decor so you'll remember where to put things the next year.  Even if you move things around a bit, this will help you to remember which items look good with other decor pieces.

Tip #4: Enjoy your decor...it's not about perfection but rather is about the wonderful memories associated with your quilts and quilted items. One of my very favorite pillows is the one above on the bottom left.  My grandmother made it for me over twenty years ago, and it reminds me of her each year when I get it out!

Thanks so very much for stopping by...I'll have more Christmas decor to share next week!

21 comments:

Sharon Wood said...

Sherri,

Thanks for the Christmas tour of your home. All of your quilts, pillows, and other accessories are so beautiful. I need to get busy and make lots more Christmas items.

Little Quiltsong said...

Everything is so beautifully decorated with your Christmas quilts and decor. Love how it all looks! We are slowly starting to bring out our Christmas items too :)!

Sherry VF said...

That's a lot of Christmas eye candy! So cozy. Thanks for sharing.

Kay said...

This all looks amazing, I would happily come and stay in your guest room. x

T Holzer said...

Seriously, Incredible!! I don't yet have even one Christmas quilt!! You have a beautiful home, Sherri.

T Holzer said...

My two favourites are Sugar Pine and Hometown.

Gisela Suski said...

Beautiful and all the work you put into it pays off. I am debating whether
to put more Christmas items up because I hate to put them away. I still have my tree to put up. This Sat. at church we are having our big "Boutique" fun raiser & that is priority at the moment.

Hildy said...

Love all yur beautiful Christmas items! I think you should make a fun item of your fabrics too to add to your collection.

Adrienne said...


Sherri - I'm always absolutely amazed at how beautiful all your work is. Your sense of color and placement never fails to amaze me. Enjoy your Xmas.

Michelle O. said...

These decorations are beautiful!

I have a question about the quilt hanger in your second picture - would you be able to share where you got that?

tunyosmond at yahoo dot ca

Kerry said...

Absolutely gorgeous. All of it! Thank you so much for the tour. How is your house so nice and neat? LOL!
I need to get sewing! And then tidying. And then get the Christmas tree out tomorrow!

Lucy said...

Your pillows are beautiful. Thanks for sharing your pattern tutorials all through out the year

Leeanne said...

Looks so lovely! Thank you for sharing, I look forward to your next installment.

Rosemary B❤️ said...

BEAUTIFUL!
I love seeing all of your amazing creations!

Susie Hoover said...

Beautiful post, Sherri! Thank you for sharing.

Kelly O. said...

This was my absolute favourite post you've ever published! I am a christmas fanatic and have completed several christmas quilts and gave some away as I felt like I shouldn't have too many--When I look at your home and all your christmas quilty goodness I am utterly inspired!! I am going to start a new christmas quilt tomorrow and not feel any regret! I love to make christmassy things at christmas time.

Kristy said...

What a beautiful home you have created! Love your tips...number three especially. Merry Christmas! Kristy

Lee Brinkley said...

Thanks so much for sharing your home with us!!! It is simply beautiful. My husband and I are in the process of building our retirement home. One of the things that I will be doing is making seasonal quilts for the house!! You have given me inspiration to complete the task!! Can't wait to see Part 2!!!

Barb Neiwert said...

Thanks for sharing your home with your quilts. I've always wondered how you display them, since you seem to have so many! May I ask where you purchased the metal display rack for your entryway quilt? It's a beautiful way to display!

Chookyblue...... said...

Omg how could you fit more in........ It looks beatiful.......

Lesley said...

Oh, so much Christmas beauty in one place! Gorgeous quilty treasures!

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