Quilted Ornament Exchange from McCall’s Quilting

Don’t forget your quilting friends this holiday season! Our staff got into the holiday spirit while creating the McCall’s Quilting November/December 2018 issue with a staff ornament challenge. These quick little patchwork projects will keep your heart warm all season long!

The Ornaments
We love sewing for Christmas as much as anyone, so we held a team challenge to make a selection of original Christmas tree ornaments, and ended up with a wide variety of shapes and styles. Everyone who participated in the team challenge came through with interesting designs that really speak to the designers’ strengths and personalities. Be inspired by Anissa Arnold, Erin Russek, Gigi Khalsa, Lori Baker, and Tricia Patterson, and get together for an ornament sew-in!

This ornament is a quiltmaker’s delight to make and to display. Six mini Sawtooth Star quilt blocks form a dimensional cube and bring a huge helping of quilty Christmas cheer to the tree.

Erin does marvelous needle-turn appliqué, but she tried something different with her ornament—raw edge appliqué with felted wool. The hand-embroidered details on this piece really make it special.

Gigi used basic sewing and quilting techniques to make a dimensional ornament that’s anything but basic.

Lori’s son, who makes his own hacky sacks, gave her some tips to make a decorative Christmas ornament using the same pattern and principles.

This multi-tier ornament will be the belle of the Christmas tree! Whether you make all or part of it, it will bring quilty festivity to your holiday celebrations.

Best quilting wishes,


Look for the instructions for these five ornaments in the November/December issue of McCall’s Quilting.

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