However nobody booked for this workshop :(
I have found it difficult to book workshops in the run up to Christmas and it could be that it is just too busy a period for everyone at this time of year. Next year I will probably have less and stop them earlier.
But as it is December in a couple of weeks I thought I would share it with you and hopefully give you enough instructions to make your own. Plus, further down the page, some Christmas Ornaments I will be workshopping (did I just make that word up?) in a couple of weeks (and I do have a few bookings for this one, even though I could do with a few more!).
I have to say that the original inspiration for this Advent Quilt was this photo on Flickr. It is quite a few years old and the blog post for it is in Spanish so I haven't been able to find out whether the blogger made it up or if it is from a pattern, but this is basically a version of that original design.tutorial from Patchwork Pottery to print the labels, which I found via this tutorial on Poppyprint's blog. I wanted a way to quickly number the pockets. I love the look of appliqued fabric numbers, but they are quite time consuming, and the idea was that we would make this quilt in a day workshop. So I printed out a sheet of numbers in rows onto T-shirt printing paper and cut these into strips and ironed them on to a plain white cotton tape. I then cut them up leaving enough tape above the number to fold over. My idea was that I would have this all done in readiness for the workshop.
I cut 2 pieces of white fabric 31 x 21 inches and made a quilt sandwich with wadding. Next I pinned all the fabric strip tubes into place, turning in and pinning the tube ends. I then sewed them straight on to the quilt sandwich, machining round three sides of each strip and leaving the top open to form pockets. You can see this better from the back of the quilt above. The finished pockets are 3.5 x 3 inches each.
Red binding and triangular hangers in the top corners finish the project.
So a week on Saturday I will be taking a workshop on these Hand Sewn Christmas Ornaments. This should be a nice, relaxing sewing day, with mulled wine and cake to finish (still a few places left, local peeps!).
More EPP. This little star is a scaled down version of the Liberty Star quilt I am making at the moment.