Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Ugly Christmas Sweaters Quilt Along

Greetings Quilty Friends! I know it is hard to think of Christmas quilts so soon after Christmas, but Lorna from Sew Fresh Quilts has an amazing quilt along planned. We are making ugly Christmas sweaters! 

Until Christmas time, I thought I was all set on Christmas quilts, but then I realized I never made a Christmas tablecloth for my kitchen table. When I hosted my book club's annual Christmas brunch, I actually used the backside of one of my quilt tablecloths--totally not acceptable! This is the perfect opportunity to make one of these. I am planning on the medium size of 16 sweaters. Of course, I will make some extra sweater blocks to use as door banners--talk about a nice hostess gift for the holidays!
Now, I have to decide on my background. These two pieces are from my stash and I have enough of them or  I was also thinking of maybe a gray background. What do you all think? My sweaters will be bright like Lorna's picture, but I will not be using just solids--I will be shopping in my stash and making it work. The bright colors will be a perfect complement to my Fiestaware dishes. 

You can find the schedule for the quilt along here:
and a list of fabric requirements here:
Directions for the first block start on Monday, February 1 and we will be done by the end of May. There is no charge, although you may buy the full pattern now if you wish.
Still not convinced, here is the Elephant Parade Quilt I made last year at Lorna's quilt along. I am so glad that I made this one, it is one of my all time favorites!
How about this one? I made this tribute to the dogs of my life last fall as part of her Dog Gone Cute Quilt Along.
Lorna generously shared her zebra block on her blog and I made this Zebra Baby Quilt last year too.
This reindeer block was Lorna's design featured in the last Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks. She shared this door banner on her blog and I made two that same weekend.

Lorna's patterns are easy to follow with plenty of illustrations/diagrams and the designs are some of the best around, so start digging in your stash or even better stop by you local quilt shop and get prepared for the Ugly Christmas Sweaters Quilt Along. The button on my right hand sidebar will take you to more info. Quilting is more fun with friends--join us for this quilt along!


  1. I Love Lorna's patterns. Your quilts turned out beautiful! Hard to pick a favorite. The Puppy QAL was such fun, not feeling the ugly Christmas sweaters, must be the winter blahs. Tired of all the cold, LOL! Looking forward to seeing yours done.

  2. The ugle sweaters is an interesting concept!!! All your quilts are beautiful, great patterns, I especially like your elephants but the zebras are cute too.

  3. Now that's what friends are for! Thank you so much for spreading the word about the new quilt along, Tanya. Your quilts always turn out so beautifully. I am looking forward to following your progress and seeing your sweaters!

  4. You're right, Lorna's designs are always unique and awesome!

  5. Yes, Lorna has great designs! I love your plan for the tablecloth quilt.

  6. What a fun idea for a quilt along.

  7. Well done for planning ahead for Christmas. Have fun with this one. I like both of the fabrics and think each will work well, but my preference is for the one on the left. Good luck.


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