{merry and bright august – free quilt top tutorial!!}


Good morning!!! Welcome back to my Christmas celebration here on the blog this month!!

Today, I'm going to share with you a fun quick quilt top tutorial! You can apply this to a Christmas quilt for you or your mom or your best friend!!! Mine is actually for the local quilt shop!! Thanks, CJ's Quilt Shop for the opportunity to sew this!!

Be sure to stick around after the tutorial for some awesome christmas links!!


How to spruce up (get it?) a Christmas panel!!

In a few hours, you can have a quilt ready for Christmas!



  • 1 Christmas tree panel (I used Marblehead Glistening Metallics III by Ro Gregg)
  • 1/3 yd two different Christmas patterned fabrics
  • 1/2 yd red solid fabric
  • chalk pencil for marking
  • green embroidery thread (I used Aurifil 12wt), needle and hoop
  • fusible web OR glue stick 



Here's what the panel looks like to begin with…

Let's sew!!

1. Cut your three background fabrics: red solid – 18" x WOF (width of fabric); spotted fabric – 7.5" x WOF; swirlie fabric – 10.5" x WOF

2. Sew your fabrics together with the 7.5" fabric in the middle of the other two.

3. Cut out your tree with a 1/4" outside of the tree line.

4. Iron on fusible web to the wrong side of the tree and adhere it to the background fabric.

5. Using a zigzag stitch, sew all around the tree. 

Photo 1 (16)

6. Cut out a star and glue (using a simple glue stick) it where you want it above your tree. Using a straight stitch (or zigzag if you prefer!), sew around your star!

7. Cut out one row of ornaments, and using a glue stick, adhere them where you want to sew them. Sew around the main part of your ornament using a straight stitch.

Photo 2 (16)

You can continue to embellish the ornaments through your quilting, too!!


8. Using a chalk pencil, write your word on the bottom right of your quilt top. *Practice writing your word choice on a sketch pad to figure out how you want it to look!

9. Using a back stitch, embroider your word!

And you have a quilt top!!


Quilt as desired, bind, and enjoy during your holidays!! Or what a perfect gift for that hard to buy for person!


How about some other links to Christmas decorations to make easily?

Check out this post from two years ago…


Car-Ornament-this heart of mine

{Cute ornament from This Heart of Mine} 

Here's my Christmas Pinterest board!!!


I also love this post HERE about the Good Life last December!!!

 I hope that gets you started on your decorative sewing for the holidays!!! Stay tuned next Tuesday for two project tutorials to make for gifts, 4 other tutorial links, and lots of inspirational pictures for the holidays!!! yay!!!

Don't forget!!! Comment on any Merry and Bright August post to win two Basic Grey 25th and Pine Charm packs! ♥



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