Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Advent Calendars are so Yummy!

The middle of the month held a wonderful Veteran's Day Ceremony. I am very anti-military, but part of my paying forward  and healing the wounded soldier's heart is making and giving some Quilts of Valor. My latest creation went to the husband of a friend. He is a Vietnam Vet., affected by Agent Orange, and living a quiet life here in Riggins.

David and Leowa Jenkes

 I am making advent calendars for each of my 3 daughters. I started with 3 Moda Christmas panels from my aunt Sonja Mann, the Moda fabric rep. I made enlarged bound button holes for each of the numbered squares. Then I backed each number with a fabric square for a pocket. Lastly, I layered and machine quilted the panel. Each pocket is big enough for a few pieces of candy.. Countdown till Christmas!
back view of bound holes

front view, with machine blanket stitching

top folded so you can see the fabric back of each pocket and on #20 the fabric peeking thru

Finished panel with machine quilting and metalic thread stitching on the tree. See the pockets?
 I was commissioned to make a small quilt for a pal, Candy Hatch, for her grandson. Thomas the Tank Engine is the feature fabric. Moda's "Comma" is the black and white fabric. It is my favorite setting, 9 patch and snowball.
I like the effect of the polka dot fabric, looks like dominoes.

Quilting seen on the back, which is wonderful cobalt blue Robert Kaufman flannel.
 And, lastly, my new (temporary) work table in the sewing loft. It is 4' x 8', snugged up against my machine and works great! Later it will be modified with permanent legs, and a well cut for my sewing machine.  Mr. Thimblepie made it for me. No more design floor kneeling. For that I am thankful.
The first project after Thanksgiving is to build the stairs and take that ladder outside!! Then, the tongue and groove knotty pine ceiling will go in, and sheetrock on the walls. 


  1. The calendars are so cute! I saw Caroline's when I was at her place on Wednesday. She had leftover Halloween candy to put in the pockets. ;) Love the quilts and the new table. I bet you're looking forward to your stairs!

    1. I am excited for house progress, and can't wait to see Abby's first visit to the sewing loft. !

  2. What a delightful idea for a quilt! I love it. :)