34. Advent Calendar Quilt

I designed this little quilt to be our family’s annual Advent calendar. The (mostly) traditional seasonal blocks incorporate 25 little pockets for treats. The heart-shaped pocket has a little music box hidden inside the lining, so that when you push its centre, a Christmas tune is played. (Hokey, I know, but we all punch that heart!)

It used to be filled with candy or messages, and the children took turns harvesting the treats, with the youngest going first.

As the children grew older, the “treats” to be found in each pocket were “loonies” or “twonies” ($1 or $2 Canadian coins.)

For my hand-made Christmas gift one year, I made a second Advent calendar quilt for the person whose name I drew: our eldest son. I sewed on little brass numbers to help him (or, I’m hoping, his future child(ren)) to remember the date on each of the little pockets.

On the quilt’s back, I printed 17 of our annual “Santa” photos, just for fun and memories:

Thanks to these hospitable bloggers for hosting their link parties:

Not Just a Housewife, I Gotta Create, Stone Gable, Better Late Than Never, The Brambleberry Cottage, Fireflies and Jellybeans, Embracing Change, The Charm of Home’s Home Sweet Home, Rooted in Thyme’s Simple and Sweet Fridays, From My Front Porch to Yours, Craft Scrappy Happy Hour, At the Picket Fence’s Inspiration Fridays, The Shabby Nest’s Frugal Fridays, Nifty Thrifty Sunday,


6 thoughts on “34. Advent Calendar Quilt

  1. These quilts are so wonderful and what a treasure they will be for your family. I can’t imagine the patience it must have taken to make such intricate creations. Thank you for linking up to the Better Late Than Never Thanksgiving bloghop.

  2. Thanks for sharing this beautiful advent calendar at Simple & Sweet Fridays. Such a wonderful idea! Have a Happy Holiday Week!


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