Rummaging through my boxes (as one does), I rather unexpectedly found a Christmas fabric panel with images showing the Twelve Days of Christmas. I have no idea where it came from or who the designer is. The pieces were sort of cut out by hand with a very scant 1/4″ around some of the rectangles in some places. Also, for some unknown reason it was cut up in sections with three days in each piece.

Working out the maths, I figured I could add a bit of sashing around each panel and get it to the required size for a 240 cm long sideboard in our kitchen. Looking in my stash, I came up trumps with a blue and gold christmassy fabric. I also found a red and gold fabric which would probably work as the binding (although it was unclear if I had enough….). It turned out that I did indeed have enough of the binding fabric!!!

Doing a search online, according to one website, the symbolism of the Twelve Days of Christmas is as follows;

  • A Partridge in a Pear Tree – Jesus Christ
  • Two Turtle Doves – The Old and New Testaments
  • Three French Hens – The three virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity
  • Four Calling/Collie Birds – Four gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John
  • Five Golden Rings – First five books of the Old Testament
  • Six Geese-a-Laying – Six days of creation before God’s rest on the seventh day
  • Seven Swans-a-Swimming – Seven gifts of the Holy Spirit
  • Eight Maids-a-Milking – Eight Beatitudes
  • Nine Ladies Dancing – Nine fruits of the Holy Spirit
  • Ten Lords-a-Leaping – Ten Commandments
  • Eleven Pipers Piping – Eleven faithful disciples
  • Twelve Drummers Drumming -Twelve points of belief in the Apostles’ Creedwelv

As the topper is so long, it’s almost impossible to get a good photo of it; below is one of it in place in our kitchen. The sideboard is made out of four shallow kitchen wall units which we added legs to, instead of attaching them to the walls.

Photo of the finished topper, showing some of the very simple quilting I did to the blue/gold areas;

PS. If you happen to know the name / designer of the panel, please do let me know!