It seems like Christmas is always around the corner when you’re a quilter! You’re either making a quilt to decorate your home, or making a quilt for a gift! This charming Santa quilt is one you’ll want to make for yourself AND to give away to someone special!
Half-Moon Holiday was inspired by two things – the desire to make a Christmas quilt and to make a crescent moon quilt. I know those don’t sound like the same thing, but the half-moon Santa head motif is pretty common. I have an ornament that my husband got me probably before we were married of a crescent moon with Santa’s head on it. I’ve always loved that ornament. Since then, I’ve seen all sorts of Santa head half moons.
It’s funny how inspiration works. I’ve always loved this idea, but it never occurred to me to make it into a quilt. Possibly because I assumed it had already been done. Earlier this year, I nosed around on Pinterest and discovered that there really aren’t any half-moon Santa quilts! That was the push I needed to develop this pattern.
Once I had the pattern mapped out, it was time to look for fabric. This is not as easy as it seems when you have something specific in mind. Sometimes it takes a long time before the right fabric drops into your life. But I was patient and the PERFECT fabric presented itself!
The Stars Block
Simple sawtooth stars in two sizes are the star of this block. (See what I did there?)
The Santa Head Blocks
The blocks are appliquéd, but there are no sharp points or tight curves to contend with, so it’s really easy to appliqué. I chose to prepare my shapes on freezer paper using glue to turn under the edges. I used invisible thread and a zigzag stitch to secure them down to the background.
If you’re curious about this method, I actually wrote a book called The Modern Appliqué Workbook. The technique is described step-by-step for you there.