Advent Calendar

This post is dedicated to Jenny for telling me that my book signing post was "so last month" and I needed to update it!

Since Will and I are spending Christmas in Europe we did Christmas with my family during Thanksgiving. There were 3 major projects I had to finish and I'm happy to report that they all got done (although I was cutting it really close!).

First up - Shay's Advent Calendar. Growing up we loved Advent Calendars!!! Even the cheap ones with the bad waxy chocolate were just so much fun. When I saw this project on Oh Fransson's blog I knew I had to download the pattern from SewMamaSew.
Shay's Advent Calendar

Fabric: Be Merry by Riley Blake (10 different prints, fat quarter of each)

Modifications: I used Prints for all of the pockets fronts instead of mixing with solids. I also used 4 solids instead of the 3 the pattern called for. To save time, I did not stitch around the fused numbers (I used Steam-a-Seam 2 to make sure they were really stuck on).

Quilting Texture Close-Up
I quilted it using a Metallic Sulky Thread (which is prone to breaking, so it's definitely a lesson in patience and the right needle size). The stippling is done pretty tight which added some much needed texture to the wall hanging.
Snowman "Day 8" Pocket
Day 1 Close-Up
Close-Up of the pocket - it's really amazing how much each one could hold. I put a Halloween sized skittle in each one along with another surprise. I have enough fabric left over to make another calendar, I can't wait to get started on it after the New Year!
Advent Calendar - Unfilled


Jenny said…
Aww, I didn't realize I had so much pull with yo - but I'm glad i commented - that advent calendar is super cute - you have some mad quilting skills woman
Michelle said…
When will you open an etsy shop so I can buy your stuff? May be time to quit your day job....
Lauren said…
Beautiful! I will buy your stuff too.
ebmom said…
Ditto! I LOVE advent calendars too!
Rebecca said…
Your advent calendar looks great!! These were the other fabrics that I was considering for ours, but I asked Will for his opinion and he picked Funky Christmas. I did use the pink snowmen and pink stripes in flannel to make pj's for my daughter and a friend's daughter- they are so cute! They are getting them for Christmas tomorrow, so pictures will go up after that. Have fun in Europe!
Leighann said…
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the calendar!!!!