Blogger’s Quilt Festival – Original Design Category: Ugly Xmas Sweater Quilt

Welcome to my blog! It’s a new blog and a modest one at that, but you’ll find that I work hard to quilt every day. This is where I record progress, triumphs, and sometimes failures.

Right now I’m sharing a triumph in the blogger’s quilt festival – original design category.


This quilt makes me happy. So very happy. And it has a great story too, which always makes a quilt better I think. Every year in my city the Rotary Club hosts a massive community garage sale fundraiser. Three years ago I found two grocery/carrier bags full of fabric and quilt blocks. I asked the bored teenager “how much?”… Shrug…”2 dollars?” “YES PLEASE!” Inside were a few pieces of excellent fabric, some snail trail blocks done in polyester solids and calicos, and some of the ugliest Christmas fabric I had ever seen. And so the idea was hatched to make….an ugly Christmas sweater-style quilt.

Ugly Xmas front

I tried out Seminole Patchwork for some of the rows, fussy cutting, paper piecing, and more. I tried to include many elements of Fair Isle sweaters, ugly sweaters, and Christmas crafts (the snowflakes and the Swedish Hearts). Here are close-ups and commentary for some of my favourite bits.

Seriously, wtf were they thinking with these two fabrics? Nordic mittens, native drums, and elf ice skates? Who designed it and who approved it? NB: the quilting is bad on purpose. Background has snowflakes swirling in a beige vortex.


Two of my favourite fabrics: (L) brass instruments, saxophones (which are NOT a brass instrument), Celtic-y things, and holly. In gold. (R) Nativity scene fabric. The least said about that, the better.


Cute fabric, nice colours. But why would a string of holiday ornaments be dripping chocolate? WHY?


Can’t be Christmas without a little ho ho ho!


This fabric was awesome! It had these little heads inside a snowflake, floating on a blue background with white dots. Pictured are the snowman and cardinal. There was also a cross-eyed bear and a fawn. The star points and backgrounds fabrics are colours I thought were kind of yucky. And remember, bad quilting on purpose!


Something this ugly and distasteful needed an excellent backing to redeem it. So I went with the only choice, “Hurry Down the Chimney” fabric by Alexander Henry.

Ugly Xmas back

And this quilt took a third place (small quilt category) in my guild show earlier this year.

Christmas is coming and I get to use my quilt soon! Thanks for letting me share it with you.


Name: Ugly Xmas Sweater Quilt 
 Designed by me! Inspired by traditional Fair Isle sweaters, and the current pop culture trend of ugly Christmas sweaters.
Fabric:  Lots of ugly, vintage, and poorly designed christmas fabrics. Backing is the wonderful “Hurry Down the Chimney” fabric by Alexander Henry.
Dimensions: 40″ x 67″
Quilted:  FMQ in  30 wt Sulky variegated red/green/white thread.

I am linking up (for the first year ever!) with the fabulous and formidable Blogger’s Quilt Festival, hosted by Amy’s Creative Side.


6 thoughts on “Blogger’s Quilt Festival – Original Design Category: Ugly Xmas Sweater Quilt

  1. Any quilt blog post that has a wtf in the middle of it has got to be good. 😉 I love the story behind it, and it is a perfect ugly xmas sweater look-alike. What fun!


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  4. I just came across this post. You have set the bar so high that every other ugly sweater quilt will pale by comparison. Thank you for making my day 🙂


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