Joyful exuberance is expressed in our childlike representation of Christ’s birth. In this whole cloth pattern Mary (holding baby Jesus) and Joseph’s faces beam from the stable, shepherds look up in wonder and joy, wisemen hurry from afar, and a choir of angels sing over the scene lit by the Christmas star. This pattern also includes camels, child, donkey, animals, village, and palm trees. The Hebrew lettering says, Jeshua The Messiah.
The Nativity quilt pictured used the Camel Train as a border. After the quilt was “quilted” I added the applique. You see it extends over the stitching in a few places, but I like the effect. I’ve also made it reversible. When I applied the applique, I machine stitched through and at the same time attached applique to the back. Now I’m painting some of the pictorial motifs with Tsukeniko Inks. I don’t know which side I like best. I’ll post it as soon as I get it finished. If you’re making my layout of the quilt be sure to download the FREE Nativity Quilt tutorial. A finished Nativity Quilt with the borders would measure 55″x 65″.
A COLORING BOOK QUILT? This would be a great project for your family to “color” their Nativity quilt for Christmas!
Wendy Bynner stitched the beautiful table runner and Janice Bahrt the lovely red whole cloth.
This pattern is 11″ wide with no repeats. It has 4 panels of 3′ each. I’ve also printed a 15″ size of this special pattern. Joyful Birth Blocks are also available for hand work, long-arm machine and Machine Embroidery!
The distinctive feature of a Pictogram is that it’s a pantograph with NO repeats. It’s a complete 12′ roll comprised of 4 panels of 3′ each, all “hooked” together. I’ve added a dotted line at each 36″ section. While they can be stacked up as shown in the picture, they can also be quilted like an E2E or B2B giving lots of pictorial subject matter to your quilt.
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