Holiday Spirit Quilt

Meet your next modern Christmas quilt project.

Holiday Spirit Quilt Pattern - sample quilt in blues, purples and pinks

The Holiday Spirit quilt pattern is Fat Quarter and Fat Eighth friendly and is perfect for a bundle of favourite fabrics, whether they are holiday themed or everyday fabrics. The message of Hope, Love, Peace and Joy is one that always applies, after all.

The Holiday Spirit pattern makes a throw sized quilt, and is labelled for intermediate quilters, but I would encourage adventurous beginners to try it as well. 

Holiday Spirit is available in the pattern shop.

Holiday Spirit Quilt Pattern

Holiday Spirit is a modern Christmas quilt pattern that is suitable for advanced beginners and intermediate quilters. It includes patterns for all the individual letters, plus two methods of making the star blocks depending on how much fabric is available. The pattern is Fat Quarter and Fat Eights friendly, and is perfect for a  bundle of your favourite fabric collection.

Holiday Spirit makes a large throw sized quilt at 58" x 78".

Holiday Spirit quilt pattern by Penny Spool Quilts

If you're feeling adventurous, the individual words could also be made into table runners or wall-hangings for the holiday season, or simply to remind us of some of the good things in life, for every season.

Choosing Fabrics

I picked a selection of Kona Solids for this sample because I love how it makes the quilt work for every day, not just the holiday season. Each letter takes just 1 Fat Eighth or Fat Quarter to make (and the stars are made from the leftovers), so I picked through my little Kona stash and came up with this blue to pink gradation of colours.

Holiday Spirit quilt pattern by Penny Spool Quilts

The colours I used are:

HOPE: Deep Blue, Lapis, Lake, and Copen. The star in this row uses Lapis and Lake.

LOVE: Dark Violet, Wisteria, Crocus, and Lavender. The star uses Wisteria and Crocus.

PEACE: Azalea, Valentine, Cerise, Bright Pink, and Carnation.

JOY: Punch, Melon, and Primrose. The stars use Melon and Primrose.

The stripes are, from top to bottom, Lapis, Dark Violet, and Valentine, and the background is Kona White.

Holiday Spirit would look perfect in a Christmas fabric line as well, or simply choose solids in your favourite christmassy colour scheme.

Fabric kits are available from Kissed Quilts.

Holiday Spirit quilt pattern by Penny Spool Quilts

Quilting Design

I decided to machine-quilt a 2" crosshatch design on this quilt, using my trusty Bernina Aurora 440 QE, to keep with the simple, geometric feel of the overall design. The crosshatch is an easy and quick design to do on a domestic sewing machine that just requires a walking foot and a bit of patience.

Holiday Spirit quilt pattern by Penny Spool Quilts

Striped Binding

I love striped binding on quilts, so when I found myself with a whole roll of black and white striped binding that I had prepared for another quilt but ultimately didn't use, I knew I had to use it for Holiday Spirit.

Holiday Spirit quilt pattern by Penny Spool Quilts

I wanted the backing and binding to be interesting, but at the same time calm and not distracting from the front of the quilt. I chose the black and white Mixology Luxe print by Camelot Fabrics for the backing for its simple, geometric design that works perfectly with the feel of the rest of the quilt. And from there, it wasn't a far jump to the black and white striped binding, either.

Holiday Spirit is available in the pattern shop.

Holiday Spirit Quilt Pattern by Penny Spool Quilts

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