Spectacular holiday quilts (to display year round 👍) + giveaway!

The author of the best-selling Start with Strips returns with a dozen spectacular quilts for Christmas—and most can be enjoyed year-round!

Countdown to Christmas

It’s fun to decorate with Christmas quilts during the holidays—but no one wants to pack them away for 11 months of the year. Susan Ache’s softer shades of red and green in Countdown to Christmas suit all seasons, whether for snuggling on the couch in December, enjoying late-night campfires in June, or relaxing on the deck in October.

From Countdown to Christmas

Jelly Roll Christmas GarlandChoose between exquisite quilts with traditional roots and lighthearted quilts that capture the magic of the holiday season. When Christmas rolls around again, any of them can take center stage!

We’re excited to have Susan as our guest writer today, here to tell us more about Countdown to Christmas.


Susan AcheWhen you live in Florida, you can pretty much take a “white Christmas” off your wish list. So we do the next best thing—turn on the air conditioner, put on our happiest of holiday sweaters, crank the Christmas music up loud, and call it a Merry Christmas!

Do you know what’s always on my Christmas wish list? At least one or two new Christmas quilts to add to the pile of holiday happiness. But we all know that the holidays are a time of constant multi-tasking, and not the perfect time to concentrate on adding something new and special to the stack.

Crisscross Applesauce quilt
Crisscross Applesauce

By sewing off-season, there’s no pressure to sneak in sewing, quilting, or binding time during the holidays. It’s really fun to see how much progress you can make when you take away the time limit and you’re able to enjoy the entire process and the holidays when they arrive.

Tree Farming quilt
Tree Farming

I started this relaxed, off-season approach to holiday sewing the very first year I started quilting. Do you want to know why? Well, I’ll tell you, the main reason was that at the time, I didn’t think I could effectively complete and sew something really pretty—and fast—with accuracy.

Granny's Gift quilt
Granny’s Gift

Well, relaxed seasonal sewing sure did start adding up for me quickly. In January and February, while I still have that holiday spirit, I enjoy the entire process.

Confession time—I purposefully don’t choose backings for my holiday quilts that scream Christmas. The real reason is that I don’t put my quilts away. I creatively fold them so that you see at least some pops of color. If a quilt says Christmas to me on one side, the back side needs to say "leave me out—I can play every day."

Ho Ho Ho quilt
Ho Ho Ho

Try a little off-season sewing yourself and see how relaxed you’ll be during the holidays when you pull out all of your new quilts.

Follow Susan on Instagram: @yardgrl60

Countdown to ChristmasSusan, thanks for your holiday-sewing words of wisdom!

We’ve got a copy of Countdown to Christmas to give away to one lucky winner today! To enter your name into the random drawing, tell us in the comments:

How many Christmas quilts have you made to date?

  • 1 to 5
  • 6 to 10
  • 11+
  • Lost count!

We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck! And if you’re ready to start some off-season sewing with Susan, purchase Countdown to Christmas at our website and you can instantly download the eBook version for free.


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