Merry Christmas!

Wishing everyone who celebrates Christmas a merry one. I'm sharing a picture of my Angel Quilt which has never been posted online. It is about 20 years old and is the result of a block swap on AOL (remember those?). As you can see, we didn't specify block size (which I actually prefer) and I was able to build around my blocks using some simple half-square triangles.

Angel Quilt
I had just gotten this back from the longarm quilter and it was draped over my cutting table in my sewing/laundry room. My middle daughter was about 12 at the time and she came running upstairs yelling that the washing machine was overflowing and she was able to grab the quilt away from the water all over the floor, but unfortunately it was too late for one part of it.

Can you see the angel with the blue dress on (NOT the devil with the blue dress; that's a song)? Well, the red from the red angel below her bled all over her blue dress and onto the white background! Renegade dyes! (And no. I do NOT prewash my fabrics; don't judge me.)

I found a little applique angel and placed her right on top of the most egregious of the red stain.

This quilt hangs in my living room above my couch. I love the Nativity story with all the angel activity. One appears to Mary. One appears to Elizabeth (John the Baptist's mother.) One appears to Joseph (more than once). A whole slew of them appear to the shepherds out in the fields.

They always begin with: "Do not be afraid!" I think that is a timely message to Americans these days, don't you?

Hope you have a blessed day with family and friends. And be on the lookout for those angels who sometimes appear when we least expect it. Their message is still: "Do not be afraid!"


  1. Good advice Debby. I love the quilt. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  2. what a lovely Christmas quilt you have and so good you have finally shared it with us all.. all the best to you for 2017 words spoken over 2000 years ago apply to the world these days too

  3. Beautiful setting for these blocks, really sets them off. Thanks for the good advice too.

  4. Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year. Thank you for sharing your talents

  5. Good Morning Debby! This is a beautiful quilt and with such a strong truthful message that you are so right to point out how important it is to remember today! Thank you for sharing it with us and the story that goes along with it. Have a fantastic creative day!


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