I wanted to share the quilt that got me started quilting. This is also the special quilt that I've mentioned recently. In the fall of 2009, I got an idea to make an advent calendar for my kids. I wanted to make a Christmas tree with antique buttons sewn on to hold small ornaments. Each day the kids would get to hang a new ornament on the tree. I had made quilts with my mom, but never sewn on my own before. I started exploring the local quilt shops and fell in love with the Figgy Pudding line from Moda. I didn't buy any, because I didn't yet know what I wanted to do. I came back after Christmas and they were almost sold out! There was only a honey bun and a few 3/4 yard cuts lefts. I bought what they had and came home to figure out how to make it work. While I was thinking, I made a simple throw for our living room to get some practice. Eventually, working on our dining table I put this design together.
I'll always be fond of this quilt and this pattern because it changed the way I think about myself. I'm a quilter and proud of it!
I quilted the sky background horizontally and the tree mostly vertically. I love the little trees print. I also love the nontraditional colors for Christmas, pale aqua and olive.
You might notice that there are no buttons. Yeah, I still haven't gotten around to doing the advent calendar part.