Nancy’s Quilting Classroom: Seasonal Quilt Patterns

Fall doesn’t officially begin for another week or so, but Labor Day weekend and kids returning to school always seems to signal that fall has arrived. A lot of us take a break from quilting during the summer, but now is the perfect time to jump back into sewing. Especially, if you’re planning on making quilt patterns — scrap quilt patterns, throw quilt patterns, any type of quilt — for the upcoming holidays!

Fall is one of my favorite seasons. I love the cooler days and seeing all the leaves turn color. The colors of Autumn were my inspiration for “Golden Harvest” from Scrap Quilts Fall 2012. This scrappy quilt pattern is composed of all the colors of fall in a wide range of values. I carefully arranged the colors to create wonderful secondary quilt blocks.

Golden Harvest Quilt
Scrap Quilt Pattern

If you’re looking for quick and easy contemporary quilt patterns, you’ll love “Jelly Belly” from Easy Quilts Fall 2013. This bed-size quilt is made from precut 2½”-wide strips. Designer Brigitte Heitland chose a vibrant orange for the wide borders, but you can choose any color that goes with your strips.

Jelly Belly Quilt
Contemporary Quilt Patterns

Traditional Shoo Fly and Monkey Wrench quilt blocks were combined to create “Spook-tacular” from Easy Quilts Fall 2016. Janice Averill designed this easy Halloween throw quilt pattern. Kids big and small are sure to want to cuddle up in this adorable quilt.

Spook-tacular Quilt
Spook-tacular Quilt

Quilts are perfect for Christmas decorating. “Stars of Hope” from Love of Quilting November/December 2012 makes a wonderful table topper or wall quilt. I especially like designer Wendy Sheppard’s clever use of traditional Maple Leaf quilt blocks. By rotating the blocks and adding sashing, the Maple Leaf blocks look like Radiant Star blocks.

Stars of Hope Quilt
Table Quilt Patterns

I paired assorted red prints with a pale yellow for the background in “Ruby Sunrise” from Love of Quilting March/April 2015. With this color scheme, I can easily display this quilt from Halloween through New Year’s Day… and beyond. These colors, along with the classic Sunburst and Star quilt blocks, give this the look of an old fashioned quilt with a traditional Christmas feel.

Ruby Sunrise Quilt
Throw Quilt Patterns

What better way to welcome your holiday guests than with a Christmas welcome banner? “Wintery Welcome” from Quilting Celebrations Winter 2013 was designed by Patrick Lose. Whether you use cheery, modern-looking colors or traditional Christmas colors, your guests are sure to be delighted.

Wall Hanging Quilts
Wall Hanging Quilts

So, grab your seasonal fabrics and get started. Seasonal quilts are fun to make and a great way to decorate your home. Don’t forget, they make a wonderful gift for a special person, too.

Nancy Mahoney, Fons & Porter Guest Blogger


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Author, teacher, fabric designer, and award-winning quiltmaker, Nancy Mahoney has enjoyed making quilts for over 30 years, during which time an impressive range of her beautiful quilts have been featured in many books and in over 180 national and international quilt magazines. Nancy enjoys combining traditional blocks and updated techniques to create dazzling quilts. She doesn’t consider herself a specialist in one particular area, although Nancy’s favorite techniques include precision machine piecing, quilt design, and machine appliqué. When she’s not designing and making quilts, Nancy enjoys traveling to guilds and events around the country, sharing her quilts, teaching her piecing and machine appliqué techniques, and visiting gardens. Visit Nancy on her website,, for more quilting information and fun!