Gift Swap Quilt in Holiday Classics Fabric by Rifle Paper Co.
Here it is, almost a week after Thanksgiving, and my Christmas tree is still not up. Am I the only one who didn’t set it up immediately following Halloween? (Maybe tonight will be the night!) I HAVE, however, gotten quite a few Christmas quilts out and ready for snuggling – including the newest addition, Gift Swap. You may remember when I was working on this one during a little Christmas in July sewing back in this post here.
I broke a few rules making this Gift Swap. That is, I deviated from my own pattern instructions (gasp!). Once all the blocks were laid out, I decided I wanted it a teensy bit bigger! I basically went ahead and added 2 extra rows + 2 extra columns. Where the original pattern version finishes at 54-1/2″ x 63-1/4″ the extra blocks made mine finish at 63-1/2″ x 72-1/4″.
Make it Bigger
I thought I’d share the information here for anyone else who’d like to make a bigger version. Of course, there are no real rules, you can make it even bigger by adding more blocks or a border or both. The options are endless. First, you’ll need a copy of the pattern:
The following are the deviations from the pattern instructions to make the bigger size. Hope this helps!
Finished block: 4-1/2 ” x 5-5/8”
Finished quilt: 63-1/2″ x 72-1/4″
- 3 charm packs (112 squares 5″ x 5″) -OR- 14 fat quarters -OR- scraps (112 squares 5″ x 5″)
- 10 fat eighths -OR- 5 fat quarters
- 2-7/8 yards background fabric
- 5/8 yard binding fabric (8 strips)
- 4-1/2 yards backing fabric
- 72″ x 81″ batting
Adjustments to Cutting
Step 1: From the charm packs, fat quarters, or scraps: Cut (112) A rectangle pairs instead of (84).
Step 2: You’ll be cutting the same amount of units per fat eighth/fat quarter – just more sets depending on if you are using fat eighths or fat quarters.
Step 3: From the background fabric (Step 3), cut the following:
- (2) strips 5″ x WOF. Subcut (14) E squares (7 per strip).
- (13) strips 3-7/8″ x WOF. Subcut (98) F rectangles (8 per strip).
- (5) strips 2-3/4″ x WOF. Subcut (112) G rectangles (24 per strip).
- (10) strips 1-5/8″ x WOF. Subcut (224) H rectangles (24 per strip).
Adjustments to Construction + Quilt Top Assembly
- Make (112) gift box blocks instead of (84)
- Arrange (112) units into (16) rows of (14) – each row having a combination of 7 gift blocks + 7 spaces between the blocks to form the checkerboard formation.
- Fill in (7) E squares to each top and bottom row. Fill in (98) F background rectangles into the remaining spaces.
I absolutely adore the quilting Kaitlyn picked for this one. She always chooses such interesting designs and I am here for it. Here are all the details about this quilt’s finishing details:
- Pattern: Gift Swap by Lella Boutique
- Pieced by: Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique
- Fabric: Holiday Classics by Rifle Paper Company
- Quilting: by Kaitlyn Howell at Knot and Thread Design. She used the pantograph “Clam Glam Deco” by Karlee Porter.
Gift Swap in Christmas Morning Fabric
In case you missed it, I mocked the quilt up in Christmas Morning fabrics. You can get all the details (i.e. the full materials list including SKUs) in a post here. It’s basically a mini (charm pack vs Layer Cake) version of the Nice List quilt – Santa’s definitely crushing on this one.
I’ve also seen a few people making it with a black background. How gorgeous is this??
KathyDecember 2, 2021 at 6:30 am
Started mine last year but time got away. Just got it back out and working on it again. Relaxing easy sewing while listening to music.
Jan BehmDecember 2, 2021 at 7:05 am
I love both of your versions❣️
Linda DouglasDecember 2, 2021 at 7:58 am
Beautiful Beautiful Quilts !
Denise DerosDecember 2, 2021 at 11:28 am
Love your design options on this pattern!
Could you pls tell me more about the background fabric you used for this holiday quilt?
lellaboutiqueDecember 7, 2021 at 1:08 pm
The background for the one in Holiday Classics by Rifle Paper Co is Vanilla Grunge by BasicGrey. The background used for the mockup in Christmas Morning is the grey “Comfort” print from that collection. (It reads like a solid.) Hope that helps!
Gail NashDecember 14, 2021 at 6:54 am
I would think a jelly roll would work as well. What’s your opinion? No matter, I love both fabric versions. I have a Christmas Morning jelly roll I’m considering for this quilt.
lellaboutiqueDecember 30, 2021 at 8:51 pm
Oh absolutely! You could adapt the jelly roll strips for the gift boxes for sure. Great idea!