The Mini Holiday BOM

In need of quick-ish gift for the holiday? Why not try a Mini Holiday BOM?

The beauty of this quick pattern is that it can be a wall hanging, a table topper or a even a small tree skirt. I love the Christmas versions, but they can also be made to suit any holiday or special gift-giving event.

Originally, I made up three workbooks for this to be done over three months (which is why I called it a BOM), but if you have a day or two, you can make a lovely gift and make them as complex or as simple as you like.

You can use yardage, leftover scraps, or layer cake (10″) squares, or a combination of whatever is in your fabric stash.

The idea is simple: log cabin squares around a center focal piece. Strips are cut 1.5″ and assembled in log cabin fashion to finish at 7.5″. You need at least one dark and one light fabric, or a range of 3 to 4 darks and lights. The center piece is 14.5″ and can be appliquéd, or you can use a small panel or large print. Make 12 log cabin squares using 1.5″ strips, assemble and your finished quilt will be 28.5″ square.

As with all log cabins, you can customize each little quilt not just by color or focal point choice, but also by varying the block layouts.

1.5″ strips: one light, one dark with a center piece from a large scale print. Center piece is bordered (total center size, including border is 14.5″). Metallic thread is used for quilting the log cabins in concentric swirls. The center is McTavishing and outline quilting using a 50 wt matte thread.
I used a layer cake for this one; 1.5″ strips in a variety of lights/darks. The center piece is mode grunge background with an appliquéd wreath made of holy and poinsettia shapes and a fussy cut cardinal. Outline quilting for the dark “logs, feathers in the light logs. Center is quilted with a curved crosshatch.
One light, one dark for the log cabins, around a large scale print. Deco stitching to frame the center. Feathers in the light “logs”; outline stitching of the dark logs.
I accidentally cut the strips 2″! But went with it and had to make my center piece a little larger. Brown “window” frame around the center, appliquéd on and applique holly leaves. Border matches my center squares in the log cabin and also the binding. This one has a sleeve to use as a wall hanging.
Fun spring version using applique. Swirls in the light logs; outline quilting for the dark logs. Free form FMQ in the center.
Spring version using a large scale print for the dark strips and the center.

I can’t attach the workbooks here, but if you want the workbooks, PM me or leave a comment with your email and I will send them to you.

Happy holiday sewing!

Lennea

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