Twelve Quilts of Christmas 2016 – #12

Quilt, maker unknown, c. 188-1890 19th Century, 194 cm x 194 cm, cotton, Musée McCord Museum

Quilt, maker unknown, c. 188-1890 19th Century, 194 cm x 194 cm, cotton, Musée McCord Museum


Another Canadian contribution to the line-up.


Those sweet white flowers are beyond delightful on this very cheery red and white quilt.  I love that the quiltmaker did not line up the twelve flowers, that dance around the outer of the two centre circles, like the numbers on a clock.  That would have been way too stilted!  The outer four circles are not perfect circles in their shape and I love the small anomalies in her execution of the flowers.  The vines undulate as they do, not in perfect unison, but still in a most harmonious fashion.  It works.  It is not “perfect” and it still works. A lesson for us all!


This quilt was a gift from the Canadian Guild of Crafts to the Musée McCord Museum (in Montreal, Quebec, Canada) and it is the final quilt in my gift to you in this year’s Twelve Quilts of Christmas.  I have been thrilled to put this together for you all for a fifth year.  I hope you have enjoyed them.  Let me know which one (or ones) was your favourite?


Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!



Mary Elizabeth




  1. Dorothy says...

    A wonderful selection of quilts. Thank you for showing them off. There were too many that I loved so I can’t pick a favourite.

  2. regan says...

    I love that the wreaths, vines and leaves are in red, as though it’s a silhouette….allowing for those wonderful green vines of white flowers to stand out! Wonderful!

    Thank you so much for this wonderful showing of quilts! I look forward to this show every year! This collection has inspired me to think about doing some applique for the new year. And picking a favorite is impossible….they all have that ‘something special’ that makes them masterpieces! What a joy this has been….thank you!

  3. Laurie Mosley says...

    I have loved your 12 days of Christmas quilts again this year. Very hard to pick a favorite but I would say today’s quilt is my favorite. It’s such a different pattern and I like the red and white look. I hope you will do the 12 quilts again next year.

  4. Jeannette Kling says...

    Wassenaar Windmills has to be my favorite!

  5. Jeannette Kling says...

    I cannot really pick a favorite as I admire the intensity of the work on each of these quilts. Amazing!
    Thanks for posting these and included the information.

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