Friday, November 30, 2012

Christmas Quilt Show 2012

Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful. 

Norman Vincent Peale



Michele Hester over at Quilting Tutorials is having a Christmas and Winter Quilt Show.  I visited it last year but didn't participate because I was not blogging then.  I found the link yesterday and wanted to join the fun.  Good thing I was catching up on my blog reading then because today is the last day to link up.  There are prizes to be won and VOTING to be done too.  If you can't participate please check out the entries this week end and VOTE for your favorite.


Christmas Advent Tree 


This Christmas Advent Tree is from one of Brenda Henning's Books that features using fusiable bias tape.  I was skeptical about how it would work when I first saw it but it was easy to do and I loved the results.  I taught it as a class when I had my shop and last year I finally got all the little buttons sewn on.  Nothing like procrastination.  Each little button will hold a brass snowflake charm.  There are 25 of them since it is an Advent Calendar.




I top stitched the bias down using a 6mm double needle which worked great.  I used a gold silk YLI thread on the metallic bias and I don't remember the brand I used on the brown tape.


Close up of Tree


The free motion quilting was just a small stipple done with invisible thread.  The striped brown batik fabric worked well looking like a wood frame.  The blue snowflake and floral border were both Hoffman prints if I'm remembering correctly.

I hope you enjoy the Christmas Quilt show.  Yes, now is the time to hang the Advent Calendar.  It starts tomorrow.  Only 25 more days until Christmas.  Are you ready?

A big thanks to Michele for hosting the Christmas Quilt Show!

34 comments:

  1. Love your Advent Tree! So festive! I can't believe Christmas is so close? Where does the time go??

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  2. So pretty! I love the idea of the double needle and the advent charms! Is fusible bias tape something you made or bought? How/where? Thanks!

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  3. Very pretty! Lovely use of techniques.

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  4. I love this! Such a neat setting with the arched window frame... very creative.

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  5. What a lovely tree. It must look gorgeous with all the charms attached.

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  6. the tree is wonderful, love the stained glass look

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  7. I love this! :D The gold tape is so pretty.

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  8. adore advent calendars and yours is just great. love those tiny snow flakes!! thanks for sharing and have a great day

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  9. I really, really like this. I have been looking for an advent project, and so far I like this the best. Did the brass snowflakes come in the kit? If not, where did you find them, as well as the buttons?

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  10. you know I've been meaning to do a piece that uses bias - this brings it back to mind! love advent calendars too!

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  11. Very nice. It will be fun to decorate throughout Advent.

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  12. Your quilt is just beautiful. I love the gold on it.

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  13. BEAUTIFUL BEAUTIFUL WORK!

    msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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  14. very, very, nice . I like how it just shines
    in stitches

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  15. Very Nice, I love the little gold snowflakes. Elizabeth

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  16. Lovely Christmas tree! The gold metallic really sets it off. Thank you for sharing.
    jbechosend at sbcglobal dot net

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  17. Beautiful! What a great unique advent calendar.

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  18. How beautiful Patricia and the little snowflakes are adorable!

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  19. It is beautiful , wonderful job!

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  20. Bold, shiny, and beautiful. I like the fabric choices, the gentle curve of the tree boughs, and all the embellishment. Well done!

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  21. I really like this...the gold sets it off nicely

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