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I am very excited to announce that I am hosting a quilt-along with Melissa from Melia Mae Quilting! She contacted me about doing a quilt-along and when I saw what we would be making, I HAD to say yes! This is the first time either of us are hosting a quilt-along, so we are figuring it all out together (be gentle on us!).
We will be making an adorable advent calendar by Elizabeth Hartman from Oh, Fransson!, which you can find here. It is a free tutorial on Sew Mama Sew’s website. Please go see this website to get the PDF instructions so you can follow along. I have had this pattern on my to do list since 2009 and each year other projects get in the way. My kids are finally just old enough to appreciate an advent calendar, so I’m excited to finally make this one.
Melissa had the great idea of making this quilt-along slow-paced, so that people can fit it in around work, family and other obligations that get in the way of sewing. It’s perfect for the busy, the over-worked and those new to quilting and want to start with a small project. We’ll begin early and work slow. By the end of November, you’ll have a brand spanking new and handmade Advent Calendar, ready for the holiday season.
The schedule is as follows:
- August 19th – Announcement of Giveaway and sponsors
- September 2nd – Quilt Along begins: Choosing fabrics and fabric requirements
- September 16th – Cutting and layout variations
- September 30th – Applique techniques (machine, hand, puff-paint, ironed on). The options are endless for how you would like to add your numbers to the pockets.
- October 14th – Piecing
- October 28th – Quilting ideas
- November 11th – Binding
- November 25th – The Big Reveal and ideas for what to put in the pockets.
On each of these dates, both Melissa and I will have link-ups on our blogs for everyone to show their progress along the way. It is always fun to see how everyone else is coming along and their “interpretations” of the project! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to send Melissa or me an email. Be sure to join the “Countdown to Christmas Quilt-Along” Flickr group and add the button to your blog sidebar to help get the word outAt the end of the Quilt Along we will have prizes for those who link up to “The Big Reveal”. Four random winners will be chosen to win the following prizes.
A $30 gift card to Green Fairy Quilts
A fat quarter bundle of “Holiday Sweet Tweets” by Laurie Wisbrun from Robert Kaufman Fabrics
A fat quarter bundle of “Santa’s Little Deer” by Benartex from Fat Quarter Shop
A $50 gift card from Sew Modern
I hope you all join in and have fun as we “Countdown our way to Christmas”!