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Sewing began my 'adventure with fabric' in seventh grade.
Fast forward about three decades, and it was machine applique that won my attention. Presently, I like to blend applique with scrap ...

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Counting Down to Christmas

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(7) Name: 'Quilting : Counting Down to Christmas
Counting Down to Christmas Advent Calendar
Counting Down to Christmas Laminating the Cards
Counting Down to Christmas Quilt with original pattern
Counting Down to Christmas Closeup of Calendar

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • You should already know how to use a sewing machine for straight and zigzag stitches, applique, and cutting fabrics using rotary cutting tools. If not, you can still learn by referring to quilting books that teach these methods. Also to know how to use a laminating machine or to have access to one, for creating the date cards. If you don't have one, you can use self-sealing laminating sheets, instead.

Pattern Description:

Children enjoy counting down the days until Christmas. Why not make a quilted calendar together?

The date card pieces (trees) are laminated to keep them easy to clean. Every white space has a Velcro square to fit each year as it changes. The date cards attach easily to the squares with Velcro, so this calendar can be used for many years to come since it is not year specific.

This PDF pattern has colored illustrations, clear instructions, and full-size templates for the applique pieces that have already been reversed for the fusible applique process. A pattern for the pouch to hold the date cards is also included. Use my fabric choices as your guide and have fun with this project.

If you wish, you may try one of my free applique patterns to see if the method is one you would like to make.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Advent calendar - finished size: 26" x 24"


  • Christmas print - 1/2 yd. (0.50 m) [pouch included]
  • White - 22" x 16" piece [or... 1 fat quarter]
  • Tan (print) - 1/8 yd. (0.20 m)
  • Black - 1/8 yd. (0.20 m)
  • Green - 24 trees [1 fat quarter or scraps]
  • Batting - 28" x 33" piece
  • Quilt backing - 28" x 33" piece

You Will Also Need:

  • Fusible web scrap pieces for lettering; or you could use temporary adhesive spray
  • Stabilizer or fusible interfacing - for white center block - 22" x 16" piece
  • Sewing thread - colors of your choice
  • 35 Velcro circles or squares (self-adhesive)
  • Black 1/4" fusible bias tape - 16 ft. (5 m); or make your own
  • 3 letter-size laminating pouches - for date cards
  • 5/16" diameter dowel for hanging calendar (25" long)
  • For preparing dowel: Red tape, 2 Christmas bows, 2 thumb tacks, and 31" length of cord
  • Rotary cutter, ruler, and cutting mat
  • Pouch: 48" length of cord; fabric requirements included in above yardage