Scandinavian Tomte Quilt: Part 1

The Scandinavian Tomte pattern.
The Scandinavian Tomte pattern.

Hi everyone,

Are you ready for a little modern holiday sewing? The Scandinavian Tomte quilt is a fresh and whimsical modern quilt, perfect for the holidays. Make it as a large wall hanging to display or snuggle up with it as a lap quilt on a wintry day!

Fabric Selections

For the background, choose a solid white or cream or a non-directional print. If you choose a directional print, you’ll need more fabric than the pattern indicates due to the method of cutting the border strips and the stitch-flip technique in the blocks. You want all your background fabrics facing in the same direction.

The pattern shows you how to cut the border strips in a single, long piece so you don’t have to seam smaller pieces together. The remaining background pieces are then cut using the standard the WOF (width-of-fabric) method.

Choose bold, saturated reds for your trees and Tomte block. The contrast of the white/cream background and the red fabrics really look great together for a crisp, modern look.

Here are the fabrics that I used in this quilt from The Confident Stitch:

Bright reds and crisp whites offer a modern contrast.
Bright reds and crisp whites offer a modern contrast.
  • Snowy Stars in Chill Snow
  • Moda Grunge in Formula One
  • Holly in Berry
  • Snowflakes in Red
  • Snowy Stars in Berry
  • Solid in Stormy Night
  • Sprinkle in Black Cat
  • Solid in Gale Force

Cutting and Keeping Pieces Labeled!

This pattern uses many little pieces of various lengths. I found it quickest to cut all my fabrics at once and label them very carefully after each cut. I used a piece of Washi tape and labeled the tape using a black pen. The tape peels away from the fabric very easily.

The pattern does contain label pieces that you can cut out and pin to your fabric if you prefer.

I decided to sew all the tree blocks first so I lined up all the tree pieces and kept them separate from the Tomte block pieces.

Keeping your pieces labeled and organized is a huge time saver!
Keeping your pieces labeled and organized is a huge time saver!

In my next post, I’ll talk about sewing the three tree blocks together. These blocks are very quick and easy to make, giving you more time to spend on the Tomte block.

Happy quilting,


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