The Christmas Wreath quilt was a design that was published in Quiltmaker magazine from 2000. The instructions for making this wall quilt were given over 3 months and it was labeled 'Mystery Christmas Quilt'.
One of our quilting group members organized the day for us to make this quilt and all we knew was that we would be making a mystery Christmas quilt. The pattern was organized in such a way that none of us knew what we were making until the end. It was a fabulous day and all the finished quilts looked quite different due to fabric choices.
Here are the instructions we were given to prepare for the day:
Use colors to suit your own Christmas quilt theme within your home.
White or cream multi-print for the background - 1 yard
Red Print 1 - 1/2 yard
Red Print 2 - 1/4 yard
Green Prints - 12 tone on tone prints from scraps
Backing & Sleeve - 1 yard
Batting - 30" x 30"
I have included my directions for adding a sleeve onto the back of this Christmas Wreath quilt once finished. A quilt sleeve is not difficult to add to your quilt. You can also watch a video of a quilt sleeve being attached.
1. Cut a strip of fabric 9" x the width of your quilt on the straight of the grain for extra strength
2. Neaten each end (the 9" long ends) by turning the ends over twice towards the wrong side of the fabric and sewing close to the folded edge. This helps the rod slide in easily and stop any messy threads from appearing.
3. With wrong sides together fold sleeve in half lengthwise and press lightly. This press line will act as a guide for the two folds in number 4.
4. Open sleeve and fold each edge in half again to the middle press line with wrong sides together. Firmly press these lines in as these two lines will be your hand sewing lines.
5. With wrong sides together, sew a 1/4" seam the length of the sleeve. To avoid having loose threads straying out the ends of your sleeve make sure you start and finish each seam away from the edge. I usually begin sewing 1/2" to 1" in from the edge and then sew to the edge.
6. Press the seam open taking care not to press over the previous pressed folds. The sleeve will be fuller on the side without the seam. This fullness is the extra room for the rod to fit comfortably.
7. Pin sleeve (sleeve seam should face the quilt backing) along pressed edges to the quilt back. The top of the sleeve should be about 1/2" from the top of the quilt. Hand sew all the sleeve edges, taking care not to stitch through to the quilt front. It is best to ensure you do sew through some of the batting as well as this creates a stronger sleeve.