It’s about that time of year again, when the world (or at least this side of it!) comes back to life. The dark of winter is behind us and warm sunny days are just around the corner. I can hear birds chirping as I sit here writing and it’s enough to put a smile on my face. For the past few years now I have wanted to celebrate Easter in a bigger way with my family and when I saw Hawthorne Threads new in house fabric collection called Lamb, I knew just what to do.
I just love the modern Spring feel to this bundle, like a grown up Easter look. Hawthorne Threads was kind enough to send me several of their Lamb prints, including two “cheater” prints which are perfect for whipping up quick quilts and in my case, gave me a wide verity of prints and colors to work with almost like a charm pack or layer cake would.
My simple wall hanging with pockets, which I’m using as an Easter Advent Calendar of sorts, is perfect for putting little treats into or even fun little note cards for your kids. My boys are excited to have 20 days of treats leading up to and following Easter and this gives us the perfect opportunity for daily Bible readings on the life of Jesus (from our super fun Jesus Storybook Bible, of course! Which you can read more about HERE).
What is it about fabric designs that capture young and old eyes alike? Here is my youngest checking out mommy’s newest make. He was pretty excited to find it was actually something for him!
In an effort to bring more Spring into our home, I made a simple Spring banner using some of my favorite Lamb prints. I just love the contrast between the deep blue, green and gold to the ever so soft pale blue and whispering pink. A perfect balance of color range. Another great thing about Hawthorne Threads fabrics is their coordinating prints that go along with any of their collections. You could literally make up a whole quilt using different prints from just one color way! See a print you like but it’s not the color you need? Chances are they have it in just the right shade to match your project! You could easily get carried away in the coordinating prints section alone 🙂
Easter Advent Tutorial
What you will need
20- 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 prints for front side of pockets
20- 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 solid white for inside of pockets
20- 3 1/2 x 4 1/4 solid white for pocket backing
15- 1 x 4 1/4 short sashing between pockets
2- 1 x 17 long side sashing
1- 1 x 15 bottom sashing
1- 5 1/2 x 15 top border panel
Batting 17 x 25
Backing 16 x 24
Binding 2 1/2 x 56
Cut all fabrics to size.
To make the pockets, place your 3 x 3 1/2 square on top of your print sew a 1/4 inch seam across the top edge. Repeat to make all 20 pockets. Fold so your print is on the front side and use a hot iron to get a nice crisp edge. Repeat with all 20 pockets.
Take your first pocket and lay it facing right side up on top of your 3 1/2 x 4 1/4 white piece, place a 1 x 4 1/4 shashing piece on the right side of your top pocket print, making a sandwich. Sew with a 1/4 inch seam. Note, the first and last pockets will have one side “open” until you add the long edge sashing at the end. See picture below:
Press flat. Place your second pocket on top of a solid pocket backing and top with the first pocket section making sure to line up the left side of the second pocket with the sashing from the first pocket. See picture below:
Press flat and you have the start of your first row. Continue until you have five rows of four pockets each.
Once you have all your rows finished you will add them together the same as you would a row of quilt blocks. Use sewing clips or pins to line up pockets as you sew the rows together. When all the pocket rows are sewn together, add the sashing starting with the side pieces and ending with the shorter bottom piece. Add the top panel print and iron flat. Make a mini quilt sandwich with the backing print facing down, the batting and then the pocket piece facing up. Pin well and quilt between the pockets on the sashing. Trim any excess batting and fabric, bind as you would a mini quilt (Pintrest has loads of tutorials!).
You now have a beautiful Easter Advent ready to be used and loved for years to come! Stock up on little goodies and treasures for your little ones to discover each day leading up to Easter.
Tiny Heidel chocolates, jelly beans and mini eggs. Someone is excited over here! Actually all my boys are excited to start a new tradition in celebration of Easter and that warms this mama’s heart!
This scene from the Lamb panel print is so sweet on the pale blue. Have you ordered any of Hawthorne Threads in house designs? I loved how they came all on one piece of fabric! So different and fun! Keep an eye out for some of their other lines like Parapluie and Monteverde. Next month I will have another tutorial using their gorgeous Botany prints (my green loving heart is so happy!).
Thank you for stopping by, I hope you like what you’ve seen and feel inspired to make your own! Feel free to ask if you have any questions!
Happy Spring and happy sewing!