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Santa’s Reindeer – Have A Jolly Little Christmas quilt

Posted on: March 17th, 2017 by Lorna McMahon


It’s REALLY, really, really beginning to look a lot MORE like… Christmas!
This is my fifth and final finish using the blocks in the free Have A Jolly Little Christmas quilt along. You can read all about that free quilt along hereThis block is Santa’s Reindeer and the instructions are scheduled to be posted on July 15.
The Santa’s Reindeer block is one that I have made many times before…
But when I seen a 9 block quilt made by a variety of pattern testers for Diane Harris of QuiltMaker magazine using bright fabrics, I knew that I would eventually find the time to make one using solids. I miss solids. 
Diane is now retired from QuiltMaker magazine and is working on her own offering classes and shows. You can visit Diane over at her new website Stash Bandit.

I do consider myself to be “print challenged” and have said so openly while giving a presentation to a few guilds visited last year. So 2016 was the year of challenging myself to use prints instead of those solids that I truly adore.

I am concentrating on using my stash this year. And it felt good to dive into my solids and dig around in that bin for a change. So, we have a bright pink reindeer.

A pretty yellow reindeer.


Orange you glad? Another reindeer.



And a green reindeer.


When it came time for quilting, I went with my usual organic wavy lines. I used Ghost White Magnifico thread by Superior Threads on top and plain white Guetermann in the bobbin. I used to do A LOT of quilting in white. And the beginning of this year will have has proven to have a lot again.


The backing is Winter Garden by Susan Winget for Steele Creek Studio, which I found two years ago at I fell in love with this print and bought it when it was on sale. I bought A LOT. And have used it a lot for backing all my Have A Jolly Little Christmas quilted items. But I still have plenty left.

Classic Black for the binding.


This rainbow coloured “Santa’s Reindeer” quilt finished at 40” x 40″
and was the 23rd use of my 2nd edition of 100 labels
ordered from Ikaprint.


Are you interested in reading more about the blocks designed
for the Have a Jolly Little Christmas” quilt along?

Did you get your free colouring page download?!!!


Are you quilting along?

And for those of you who can’t get enough Christmas….
Those who are too excited to wait for the next block instructions….


You could choose to include blocks from my other free quilt along – Ugly Christmas Sweaters – as both quilt alongs use the same size blocks!!! Interested?!!! Check out the Ugly Christmas Sweaters quilt along here.






It is NOT necessary to purchase the pattern in order to participate in either of these Christmas themed quilt alongs, but if you would prefer the convenience of using a printable pdf pattern, the Have a Jolly Little Christmas Collection; which includes all 15 designs and the Ugly Christmas Sweaters patterns are both available for purchase in my pattern store here.
Linking up to Finish it up Friday with

Amanda Jean of Crazy Mom Quilts


Keep On Quilting On!


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17 Responses

  1. These are sew gorgeous! Argh! But it's too far away for me to be comfortable thinking about CHristmas yet… hee hee… maybe by mid year?THank you for sharing.Lorraine

  2. Nancy J says:

    The fellows are so lovely in all those rainbow colours, black binding is perfect. The solids show those antlers so well.

  3. Love your Reindeer quilt with all the different colored reindeer! Such cute faces on them.

  4. Oh oh!! This is the one that I love so much with the pretty coloured reindeer! I have to resist making so many blocks as we were joking last night that I'm going to have a quilt big enough to cover my house LOL! BUT, I will have to make 9 of these adorable reindeer to make a special quilt plus one of two for the Christmas quilt and maybe a pillow! HELP, this is an addiction! I've been rooting in my solids as well to add colours to my mix of prints :-). Thanks so much for doing this quilt a long…having such fun making these blocks!!

  5. Anonymous says:

    I am quilting along and really enjoying the process. My plan is a quilt for my parents this year. Not that they don't have enough quilts already, but they do not have a Christmas quilt and it is about time!Thank you for sharing.You can see my progress here:

  6. Cathy Weber says:

    I LOVE the reindeer in the bright solid colors! I am looking forward to making that block in July. Really cute quilt!

  7. Ioleen says:

    Love these guys. Another table runner added to my bucket list.

  8. shannon says:

    These are so cute, and I have not seen them everywhere, so that makes me like them even more!!!

  9. Dondi M says:

    Sew adorable! How could anyone ever hunt one of these? I love your color work , too!

  10. Oh i love the rainbow reindeer – they're quirky and completely fabulous!

  11. Alice says:

    The reindeer are super cute!! I think you have given me enough ideas for the next 5 years. I am almost done with my candles! Woo Hoo!

  12. A colorful herd indeed! And I guess a hearty one as well – no one's nose is turning red! Super cute once again, Lorna.

  13. Kathy says:

    I'm in! Can hardly wait to make the reindeer…so cute! Thank you for a really fun QAL! I'm going to sneak in a couple of \”ugly\” Christmas sweaters too!

  14. Heide says:

    Super cute, and such fun colors. LOVE that backing fabric!

  15. Ariane says:

    This is a gorgeous quilt. I love the colours and the backing you chose. That black binding just makes it pop too.

  16. Awesome!! I'm two blocks behind in the Christmas QAL. Need to get caught up before the next block…….

  17. Julie Cefalu says:

    Oh my goodness – Santa would be proud of your reindeer! They are just adorable! I look forward to all of your Christmas tutorials.