Sunday, June 8, 2008

The Night Before Christmas...

Finally, finally, finally! I have finished the quilt top for Night Before Christmas. Below you will see all twelve blocks (and now you don't have to go and hunt the first six down from a previous blog post), as well as the setting option I have chosen. This quilt was truly a labor of love -- lots of hours went into it, but the results were worth the effort. Now, I'm chomping at the bit to start quilting the quilt. Quakertown Quilts ( is offering quilt patterns for this quilt, as well as fabric kits for those who want someone else to choose their fabrics. Below, I'll also describe some other options I've added to this block of the month.

"Twas the night before Christmas..."

"Not a creature was stirring..."

"The stockings were hung by the chimney with care..."

"The children were nestled all snug in their beds..."

"When out on the lawn, there arose such a clatter..."

"When, what to my wondering eyes should appear..."

"Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound..."

"His eyes how they twinkled! His dimples, how merry!'

"He spoke not a word but went straight to his work..."

"And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose..."

"But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight..."

"Happy Christmas to all and to all a good night!"

And here is the final quilt -- with large sashings that help each block define its own portion of the story. The applique blocks are each set with small cornerstone blocks -- there is a separate pattern available for all of the cornerstone blocks.

The Night Before Christmas
(c)2008 Susan H. Garman

There is also another separate pattern available with twenty different 6-inch applique motifs which are also appropriate for setting cornerstone blocks - or as small applique blocks for an entirely different quilt. Most of the applique motifs can be found in the larger Night Before Christmas quilt: stars, holly leaves and berries, assorted toys, Christmas trees, etc. They are simple and easy-to-applique blocks. I hope to post a quilt with these in the next few weeks!

Until then... I hope that life treats you well. Happy stitching!


All contents: (c)2008 Susan H. Garman


  1. Sue.
    Great looking quilt! How do you decide the width of your sashing and border?

  2. I love this pattern - can't wait to get started!

  3. Sue, where do you find this pattern, Thanks, Mary

  4. This is such a cool quilt! TI have bought the entire kit, but haven't started it yet. I am so excited to get started, though!

  5. I don't find this pattern on Quakertown Quilts website.

  6. The Night Before Christmas pattern is sold through many different local quilt shops - and is always available through Quakertown Quilts. Go to their website, click on the Online Catalog and then click on Block-of-the-Month programs. It's there!
    Sue Garman

  7. I love this quilt and the challenge of hand sewing the blocks! I have block one on the light box my husband made for me, ready to baste! I love it.

  8. Please let me know if these patterns are still available, and, if so, where I might buy them in Canada. Thanks.