Tuesday, December 23, 2014

With Christmas just hours away...

I have finished a project that has been years in the making.  I know I've mentioned how much I like Advent Calendars so it shouldn't be a surprise that I've made a new one.

Back in 2008 Sam Sarah Designs came out with the pattern: Twenty Five Days of Christmas.  I am sure I didn't start the little ornaments right away but once I did it probably took me a year to slowly make my way through all 25.

Once they were finished I wasn't sure what I was going to do with them.  I thought, planned, and scrapped options until I decided to finish them with a simple turned in edge.  When I was stitching them I outlined a piece for the backing and stitched numbers in the middle.  Finishing them took forever.  I started last fall...as in 13 or 14 months ago.  The pinching and stitching was too hard on my hands and once I realized I wouldn't be able to finish them before Christmas I packed them all up again. 

This past fall I pulled them out and worked at getting them finished.  Once they were done it still took me a couple weeks to decide what to do with them.  This is that Advent calendar I finally came up with.

Years ago...more than 10 but I can't remember exactly...I took a class using Jodi Barrows Square in a Square designs.  I have several of her books but can't find the one the Christmas tree is from, though.

The tree quilt hung in my sewing room for years until I decided to turn it into the Advent calendar using the Sam Sarah ornaments.

Up close you  can see I've attached buttons and hung the ornaments so they can be flipped accordingly.

It came out just like I expected and will help us count down to Christmas for years.

When I was a kid we would call today 'Christmas Eve Eve'.  2 days!  Hope everyone is just about ready.  Today will be my grocery day. 



  1. That is really clever and special. :)

  2. How sweet and very clever! I love advent calendars and this is superb.

  3. I love that this combines two of your favorite things, stitching and quilting! It turned out so cute, Pam!

  4. What a lovely Advent calendar!

  5. What a clever idea! It's so cute!