Monday, December 23, 2013

12 Days of Christmas - Day 11

Batik Butterflies
Welcome to the 12 Days of Christmas at Grandma's Attic! Every day from now until Christmas we will feature a different item from our quilt shop. You'll want to check the posts each day from now through the 24th to see what Grandma has for you this holiday season!

Day 11 of the12 Days of Christmas finds Eleven Ladies Dancing. Such a beautiful and lyrical image in our classic Christmas song brought to our mind the gracefulness and beauty of the butterfly. With that in mind, we thought about how you might like to create a beautiful butterfly quilt to bring them dancing into your sewing room as they come to life under your machine. Batik Butterflies, designed by Roxy Burgard of Calico Hills Farm, consists of 12 butterfly blocks, each based on a real butterfly. Set on point, each is surrounded by wonderful batik fabrics. You will have a lowly 48" x 60" quilt when you've completed the project.

Twelve Days of Christmas Fun Fact: If your true love hires a troupe of dancers to dance for you at Christmas time, it will cost $839.20 per dancer. Therefore, eleven ladies dancing will cost a total of $ 9,231.20.

Although the Twelve Days of Christmas has been sun in English since the 1780s, many scholars thing that the song may have French origins. In an 1855 French songbook, there is a folk song that has a tremendous similarity to the Twelve Days of Christmas. On the eleventh day in this particular folk song, instead of eleven ladies dancing, the singer gives his love eleven silver plates.

Christmas Quote: "At Christmas play and make good cheer for Christmas comes but once a year." < Thomas Tusser, English Poet, 1524-1580 >

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