December 2, 2011

Let the countdown begin!

Mrs. Claus has been very busy in her sewing room the last couple of weeks getting these Countdown to Christmas quilts ready for the first of December. In total I made four of them. One for the White house, and one for each of the families. This quilt is a spin off from my Spooky Treats pattern that I put out a couple of years ago. I knew I wanted to make a Christmas advent one but have been waiting for the perfect fabric and this year just happend to be it. I used a couple of Moda lines to make it happen. The first, Countdown to Christmas from Sweetwater and the second, Circa 1934 by Cosmo Cricket, which is the pockets and the backing. The binding fabric is Deck the Halls by Anka's Treasures for Henry Glass.
On the back I put a label with a poem explaining how the count down begins with the 24 pockets and ends when you can jingle the two bells on Christmas day. We gave them to the kids during the Thanksgiving weekend. Here's Kaitlyn reading the poem to McKinley and Teegan.

The Mitchell family and their new quilt and the bag of candy to fill the pockets.

The Carter clan with Grandpa and Grandma with their new quilt.

And Jacob and Angie with theirs. Something to start their first Christmas off as a married couple and a tradition to carry on with their kids.

This is the finished quilt hanging at the White house. Yes, the President and First Lady are in on the count down to. Your never to old for Santa Claus, right!

Let the count down begin! Oh yeah, that was yesterday wasn't it? Oh, and by the way this will be a pattern for next Christmas. Speak now if you want some of this great fabric for your quilt. I have a little bit left if any of you are interested in a kit. I know it's a little early to be thinking about next year but it's to late for this one. Sorry, I just couldn't think about Christmas in June when all this fabric came out!


Rennie said...

Hai Shannon (and Stuart), what a very very nice Christmas Quilt. I like it very much and are very interested. How would it be to have next year a Shannon's Christmas Quilt hanging at the 11th floor in Leiden in the Netherlands? Please mail details at

carina said...

I like your christmasquilt. And i love to read about your way of life in america during this time of the year. The comments come from holland:) by carina

Yvonne said...

I can't believe you have made four! What a job that must have been! I love this Christmas quilt. Hope I can make it some day for Rosa when she is a little bigger! What a great tradition that will make!