Our Christmas Quilts, a Recipe and a Giveaway

The Quiltmaker staff is made up of seven people. We discovered recently that about half of us display special holiday quilts in our homes at this time of year. We thought it would be fun to share some of those quilts with you.

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Carolyn uses this table runner to dress up the holidays, along with a sleigh figurine by Jim Shore.

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In her hallway hangs an Advent calendar quilt. Each day another tiny ornament is taken from one pocket and added to the tree.

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Near the fireplace in the Beam’s house sits this ladder adorned with all manner of Christmas quilts. It looks like a collection of Santas has gathered there, too.

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One of Paula’s Christmas quilts is this hand embroidered redwork quilt made from Aunt Grace Christmas fabrics. Isn’t it so vintage looking?

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This adorable table topper features wool applique, which is Paula’s specialty. The pattern is available as part of her Block Party Club; find the details at Pacific Patchwork. Paula also has a fun and interesting blog. Isn’t that platter so much fun?

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Here is more of Paula’s wool applique, adorning her house for Christmas.

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Do you decorate with quilts for the holidays? Leave a comment by noon on Monday, Dec. 13 telling us about it and we’ll pick a winner to for some luscious Christmas fabrics. The winner is commenter #10, Alicia. It was great to hear about your holiday decorating traditions! Thanks to everyone who participated.

And just for good measure, here’s one of my favorite muffin recipes.

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Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins

3⁄4 cup brown sugar
3⁄4 cup white sugar
1⁄2 cup oil
1⁄2 cup water
2 eggs
1 cup pumpkin
12⁄3 cup flour
1teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1⁄4 teaspoon baking powder
1⁄2 teaspoon allspice
1⁄2 teaspoon cinnamon
1⁄2 teaspoon nutmeg
1⁄4 teaspoon cloves
8 ounces cream cheese
2⁄3 cup white sugar
1 egg
1⁄2 teaspoon salt
1 cup coconut
Preheat oven to 350º. In a large mixing bowl, combine the brown and white sugar, oil, water, pumpkin and 2 eggs; beat well. Set aside.

Stir together the flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, and spices. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the pumpkin mixture, stirring well. Set aside.
In a separate bowl, blend all the filling ingredients together.
Line a large muffin tin with baking papers. Spoon enough batter to fill half the tin and top with a tablespoon of filling. The batter and filling together should fill just over half of the tin before baking.
Bake for 25 minutes at 350º. Makes 24 muffins.

About Diane Harris

I'm an editor for Quiltmaker magazine in Golden, Colorado, USA. For six years, I wrote pattern instructions, product reviews and how-to articles. Then I spent four years as QM's Interactive Editor, working to generate much of our online content. Now I'm back to patterns and how-tos, which is a great fit for me. I still love writing about quilt-related topics for Quilty Pleasures, and I always have my finger on the pulse of the quilting world. I teach a variety of quilt classes and give guild programs, too. Reach me by email: editor@quiltmaker.com.
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  13. Sherry says:

    I too would love to have the pattern for Carolyns’ tablerunner if that wouldn’t be too much trouble. I finally finished 3 quilts for the last of my Grandchildren this year. I have given all their parents and siblings in the 3 years prior. Now maybe I can get that big Christmas quilt made for my bed, or heck……….ANY quilt made for my bed. Have a Happy New Year Ya’ll.

  14. colleen says:

    I like small quilted items to put out. I really would love to make a quilted banner to hang

  15. Joanne Pulaski says:

    is it possible to get the pattern for Carolyn’s table runner? I just love it! Thanks.

  16. Carole says:

    I love the Advent calendar quilt your staff member hangs in her hallway. Is the pattern for it available? I’d love to make a few as 2011 Thanksgiving Day presents for loved ones’ holiday season next year!

  17. ~Kathleen says:

    Oh, I love seeing all of the ways you girls decorate with Christmas quilts! It is delicious. Thank you so much for including me. ~Kathleen

  18. Deb says:

    Unfortunately I don’t have quilts to decorate with…but hopefully by next Christmas I will have at least 2!

  19. Reenie says:

    I do decorate with a lot of hand made items, but my favorite is a table runner made for me by my best friend. You know how it goes..when you sew/quilt no one EVER makes you anything so this is soooooooo dear to me!!

  20. Jackie Roisler says:

    Thoroughly enjoyed your many photos, your sharings and how your passion of quilts shows in this Holiday season :) At the moment I have three pieces displayed using Christmas fabrics….a Kim Diehl snowman tabletopper, a log-cabin table-runner, and a full size quilt.
    I have oodles more to make, so new holiday fabric would be the blast of inspiration to begin :D

  21. Heather says:

    I love that advent tree, such a nice idea. I decorate with quilted items, mostly table toppers and quilted ornaments. I haven’t yet made a Christmas quilt, but it’s on the to do list.

  22. I have made a few new pieces this year, but I need to start early and make some each month, love having quilts and quilted pieces in the house. It makes everything so warm and inviting feeling.


  23. Kasey Kasa says:

    I’ve been trying to finish two Christmas quilts to decorate our new house, but I don’t think I”ll make it for this year… which means I’ll probably have four new quilts for the holidays next year! But I do have placemats I designed and made, and coasters, and a fabric basket, and a wall hanging, and I’ve made at least 6 new fabric ornaments this year… I love holidays!

  24. Theresa Westrup says:

    Each bed in my house has a Christmas quilt. There are several hanging on walls and small ones on tables.

  25. Barb Colvin says:

    Would you believe I don’t have any Christmas quilts? Well, okay, big ones anyway. Decorating with candle mats and table toppers adds lots of variety and color to a snowy, dark world.

  26. Laura says:

    I have a quilted tablerunner and a quilted tree skirt. I am afraid I give away everything I make. I need a Christmas quilt but by this time of year, I am busy making gifts. sigh. Thanks for sharing your ideas!

  27. Marcia W. says:

    We decorate with quilts year round yet do not have a Christmas quilt. There is a wall hanging panel that we want to display. Best wishes to all.

  28. Nancy says:

    I think I’m too late for the giveaway, I had trouble finding it as my computer was wonky and didn’t show the bottom of the post. Anyway, I have just been quilting for 2 years now so this year I planned to make all kinds of great holiday hangings and table toppers…then we started doing a remodel job on the upstairs so that flew right out the window. I did make one adorable table topper and my very first applique block from one of the great patterns in the 100 Blocks Vol. 2 magazine. I love it and it is literally my only decoration this year, with my Nativity sitting on the table next to it. Next year though, I plan/hope to have some holiday projects ready and waiting. Hopefully a quilt too. Good Luck to everyone who got in on the giveaway!

  29. MaryEllen says:

    Hello just about every year i make something new to add to my collection .I have a tree skirt ,coffee table ,and end tables with the same pattern.More wall hanging than what i have wall for .Ornaments crochet,sewn,cross stitched.I have the Quiltmaker 12Days of Christmas tablecloth that was a few years ago.Acrochet nativity set with 8 in figurines.Mary Ellen

  30. Gale Lavers says:

    I use small and lap size quilts, quilted wall hangings, lots of table runners and of course a quilted tree skirt. I also give lots of quilts and wall hangings for gifts to those I love, it makes the gift even more special.
    P.S. I have been making the muffins since it first appeared in your magazine several years ago and have passed the recipe on to lots of bakers.

  31. janice says:

    I love using the quilted tree skirt my mother made me many years ago. She has been gone for 15 years. It always brings back memories of how wonderful she made my childhood with her special touches with homemade gifts and decorations.

  32. Norma says:

    yes I love to bring out my quilts for Christmas. I use them as tabe toppers and under my nativity

  33. Linda says:


  34. Carol Collier says:

    The Christmas quilts are beautiful! What a great idea to have a ladder for displaying the quilts! I have several small Christmas quilts that I have made over the years, and love getting them out every year. I use them on walls, and on small tables. I have also made a larger Christmas quilt, with a hand-quilted snowflake in each block, and enjoy that on the couch each year.

  35. Judith Hogan says:

    Great muffin recipe, perhaps for Christmas morning. I have a few small quilts that I use at Christmas. A Santa quilt hung on the wall, a nine-patch on my end table. No Christmas bed quilts yet, but that is definitely next years project.

  36. Jennifer says:

    I put a tablerunner on our fireplace mantel and another across the breakfast bar. There are Christmas themed quilts on each bed and one over the back of the sofa. None are any one particular theme, so there’s a lot of color added to our holidays just from the quilts!

  37. Karen Addleman says:

    I have a quilted tree skirt and a pillow I like to put out. I have one unfinished wall hanging that I hope to have done by next year.

  38. Gwen says:

    I have made a Christmas quilt for each of my boys, and they
    sleep under them on Christmas eve each year and through
    until New years. When they are grown up and on their own with
    their own families, it is my hope that the quilt will travel around their homes and everyone will be able to share the quilt, at Christmas time.

  39. Gwen says:

    I have made a Christmas quilt for each of my boys, and they
    sleep under them on Christmas eve each year and through
    until New years. When they are grown up and on their with
    their own families, it is my hope that the quilt will travel around their homes and everyone will be able to share the quilt, at Christmas time.

  40. Pat says:

    Yes, I do use quilts in my Christmas decorating. I have special Christmas quilts that use Christmas colors. Quilts are a part of my decorating year long.

  41. Deb G. says:

    I don’t have any Christmas quilts, but have patterns for a few I’d like to make! I do have 2 Christmas table runners, one of them being the 1st quilt project I made!

  42. Sherri says:

    Thank you for the recipe and for the parade of quilts! I love to use quilts in my Christmas decorating…tablerunners, pillows, quilts on couches and chairs…and quilts on the wall…I use them all!

  43. kathy h says:

    I have many quilted pieces in my Christmas decorating, a few pillows, 2 bed quilts, throws for keeping us warm when we sit down and several wall hangings. I just love to bring them out for Christmas decorating.
    I enjoyed seeing other people’s quilts. So nice.

  44. robin says:

    Sadly, I’m so new to quilting that I have no Christmas quilts to decorate with! So I’d love to win some luscious Christmas fabrics and maybe next year I’d have a different answer! Thanks for that muffin recipe – they look so yummy.

  45. LeAnne says:

    I have small quilted wallhangings that I bring out for the holidays. They can be tucked just about anywhere and they really liven up all the rooms.

  46. mary fredrichs says:

    I decorate with wall hangings and table toppers. This year I added festive “Joy” towels in the kitchen.

  47. Dana says:

    I have a Christmas wall hanging in the kitchen and had planned a table runner for this year, but…, well maybe next year.

  48. Brenda says:

    I’ve got a Christmas bargello on my rocking chair, and patchwork tablecloths and runners and quilted Christmas placemats. thanks for the chance to win. strings@mts.net.

  49. VickiT says:

    What beautiful decorations she has. It looks like a winter wonderland in her home. I wish I could say I went to the extent she has, but I am new to quilting and haven’t done any for my own home. The few quilts I have done have all been gifts for others but, I am hoping by next year I will have some made for our own home and they I will decorate with quilts. I am planning to do table runners for my own home for our table and also one for the top of my piano.

  50. Yvonne says:

    Inspiring quilty decorations for the holidays! Last year I finally managed to have a Christmas quilt for each of the beds (empty nest here, so that’s just our bed, plus two guest room beds) I also have a large Christmas quilt hanging in the diningroom and various mini-quilts thru out the house. Looks very festive!

  51. Jocelyn says:

    I do use quilts to decorate for all holidays. I’m working on having more for Christmas since we’ve moved into a new house :-)

  52. Lisa England says:

    I decorate a little bit with quilted holiday wallhangings. My extended family decorates more than I do, since I’ve made and given them many holiday decorations. Every once in a while, I wish I had more holiday things for my own house, but then I forget about it in the rush to finish all those gifts!

  53. sandy a says:

    I don’t have any Christmas quilts to decorate with…yet! :) I do have blocks made for one, just don’t have it together yet. Need to find a sashing and border fabric to go with it. I won the blocks, so they are all different shades of red & green.

  54. Lee Ann L. says:

    At this time, I do not decorate for the holidays much. We don’t have the space nor the inclination to do so. I am hoping that by this time next year, we’ll have a home to call our own to decorate in. :-)

  55. Katie says:

    What wonderful Christmas decoration inspiration. I particularly love that quilt ladder (and the quilts on it are fantastic from what I can see). Until Saturday, I had no Christmas quilt to decorate with, but I quilted a top that I’d made over a year ago and once the binding was on, my couch was (and still is) “decorated” for Christmas!

  56. I have a Christmas Disappearing Nine Patch that I decorate with. I’m going to be working on a redwork Christmas quilt this coming year and can’t wait to use it next year.

  57. Anne says:

    I have various Santa wallhangings that come out at Christmas plus a couple of table toppers

  58. Rachel says:

    I have at least 2 Christmas quilts that were given to me by my mother in law. But I haven’t made any for myself yet. I have 2 on the design wall right now that I started at least 3 years ago but never finished!! Those are some beauties to look at this morning and the muffins…well let’s just say anything with cream cheese in it is all right in my book!

  59. Alica says:

    I have one holiday table topper. I have been only quilting for a year, so my plan is to build my supply over the next few years.

  60. Barbara says:

    I have several wall hangins, one large Laurel Burch cat Christmas quilt and a couple of quilted tablecloths for the season

    those cupcakes look awesome

  61. Gorgeous pictures and those muffins look so yummy! I don’t decorate with quilts because I still haven’t made any Holiday quilts. I guess I need to get on that! lol

  62. SewLindaAnn says:

    I have a lot of fabric type decorations and like things very simple. I’m crocheting every night to finish up some ornaments for a mini tree and want to sew some birds up for our real tree.

  63. Katy says:

    I decorated with 12 quilted, Christmasey wall hangings this year. My husband thought I was trying to make a padded cell!

  64. My very first Christmas item taken out on Thanksgiving Day is the Christmas quilt for our bed! Last year I even made pillowcases to match the quilt. I love decorating with quilts, but haven’t finished my projects. That’s my goal for 2011 :) Thanks for the great photos and decorating ideas.

  65. Brita says:

    Many years ago, in front of a Dairy Queen in Texas, the sign said, “Ring them bells, Deck them halls, Merry Christmas to y’all!” A couple of years ago, I had to make a wallhanging featuring a silly reindeer with ornaments on its antlers, with that lovely verse appliqued across it. It makes me giggle every year when I bring it out!

  66. Jody Edwards says:

    I dont’ have a Christmas quilt yet, but I plan to have one next Christmas. I did make a small throw (very small) for my couch for thanksgiving, though! :) I’m rather new with quilting and sewing in general, so I’m just starting out. :)

  67. Most decorations are handmade from felt kits – big Mr & Mrs Snowman, Santa w/7 reindeer (I got sick of making them that year – seemed like enough?) Felt Stockings and ornaments for tree…

  68. Geraldine Carlisle says:

    Wonderful decorating.
    I do decorate with quilted projects. Most of mine are smaller, wall hanging types. I think my very favorite is a log cabin wreath wall hanging. I have used it for several years. I gave one to my church ladies group to sell one year and they recieved over $50 for it, I was thrilled to be able to donate it.
    I wish you all blessings and joy. Gerrie

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