Advent Calendar


I finished the advent calendar over the weekend – just in time! I am loving how it turned out, although I must say it took a LOT longer than I had anticipated. More on that later. (First, can I give a shout out to my 3 year old holding the quilt for me in the above photo? I think my husband’s job as photo assistant may be in jeopardy! LOL)

I followed the tutorial on Sew Mama Sew by Elizabeth of Oh Fransson. I had actually been looking at this tutorial back in the summer and thought “why would I make this now? I’ll wait until closer to Christmas!” HA There’s something stressful about having a deadline like December 1, when you are rushing to get ready for the holidays.

So…why it took me so long. Mainly, it was those pesky numbers. I’m not good at freehand sewing around things, especially 1.5″ numbers. Lots of tight curves and it’s very obvious if it doesn’t look perfect. I thought this would be a perfect time to use my new embroidery module on the Bernina to do appliques! Well, it was….but it was not a quick task. Lots of hooping of fabric and stabilizer. Lots of trimming fabric. And I failed to consider that most numbers on the calendar are really TWO numbers (24 = 2 and 4). So that part took about 5 times longer than I thought. 🙂


Forming the pockets took a bit of time but after that it was smooth sailing.


You can’t really tell, but on the front, the white is a Michael Miller fabric with snowflakes. I thought that was a cute variation.

The back view shows the quilting. I did free motion in the borders, a bit challenging not to hit the pockets and sew them shut accidentally.


I’m going to fill these with candy and hopefully start a fun tradition at our house for years to come!




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    Katie B.

    November 23, 2009

    This turned out great! I finished this project recently and really enjoyed it. I think your work on the applique was well worth it. I love the binding fabric you chose.

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    November 23, 2009

    LOVE…LOVE…LOVE IT! I heading to the fabric store right now to get started.

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    November 23, 2009

    THAT is a darling advent calendar!!
    Thanks for showing it.
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.
    Jackie in San Antonio

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    November 23, 2009

    Fanastic! Over the coming years it will prove very useful!

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    November 24, 2009

    So cute! If I thought I had enough time to get it finished before Christmas I would rush out now for supplies (that and the fact that is about midnight and my LQS is closed…). So cute!

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    izzy inspired

    November 25, 2009

    I love your calender, I cut the fabric for mine about 2 months ago…then got distracted. I don’t think it will be done in time, so horrible of me. The numbers were so worth the extra time, they look fabulous!! That was one of the reasons mine got put on the back burner, the numbers just looked too tedious.

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    Carol Hansen

    November 25, 2009

    Oooh. I like it.

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    November 27, 2009

    It turned out just great! I don’t see these mistakes you speak of. I love the modern colors that you chose for the Advent calendar, and the quilting looks wonderful!

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    wishes, true and kind

    November 27, 2009

    Congratulations on a beautiful finish! What perfect timing! Enjoy!

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    November 28, 2009

    This is great! I am impressed that you have it done or the current holiday season…Maybe I’ll have one done by next year! I love it!

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    November 30, 2009

    This turned out beautiful! What a wonderful addition to your holiday traditions.

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    amy (sew~amy)

    December 1, 2009

    gorgeous. that is the cutest advent calendar I’ve seen.

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    December 14, 2009

    This looks great! I have this pattern and was trying to get to it before Christmas, but I think I’ll have to shoot for next year before Advent starts! 🙂

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    December 14, 2009

    Sorry…that comment above was actually mine! My friend was logged onto my computer. 🙂 Love the calendar and all your quilts!

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    January 2, 2010

    You made one too . .shoulda guessed. . .love your stitched borders . . .I didn’t have the skill and had to hand stitch them in ..but I did get it done in time, even though it was way more work than i first thought it would be.

    I “lost” your blog for a while but plugging it into my google reader now so I won’t miss a thing.

    Happy New Year (Donna, Vicky’s friend from Ottawa!)

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    cynthia winward

    January 5, 2010

    i was dying to make an advent calendar this year and machine embroider the numbers like you did. alas, it never happened. maybe for 2010. yours is beautiful!