It's early December 1974. I am six years old. I'm surrounded by women dressed in evening gowns and men in dinner suits and bow ties. I am in the balcony, dead centre. My program is already wrinkled from devouring the contents in anticipation. The chandelier dims. The red velvet curtain rises. The orchestra begins to play and I am taken on a magical journey with the beautiful Clara, the gorgeous Sugar Plum Fairy and the Nutcracker.
This beautiful ballet, introduced me to the wonderful world of theatre and dance. I have seen many productions of The Nutcracker since then and I have loved them all, but I don't think you ever forget that first time. It's also the inspiration behind my new Christmas design, Nutcracker:
I really love this little quilt and he will be a wonderful addition to our Christmas decorating this year. Its a quick and easy design, using basic piecing and some quick corners and he finishes at around 18" x 37".  I'm sure all the kids will love him because he is a generous size and he's such a sweetie.
He may not magically transform into a prince, but I think he's pretty cute, from the top of his hat to the tips of his shiny black boots. He's a great little stash buster project; I raided my older fabrics, to give him an authentic feel and I am very happy with the end result.
Nutcracker is available as a PDF pattern only. The pattern includes detailed written instructions and lots of step by step colour diagrams to assist in the easy construction of your quilt. From now until Christmas, PDF patterns of Nutcracker are available at the discounted price of $5.95. If you wish to purchase a copy, just visit my store HERE.
I really enjoyed designing this little quilt. I hope you love him as much as I do and that he adds that something special to your Christmas decorating for many years to come :)

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