Friday, November 27, 2009

Nativity Backdrop

Ever since I got my Willow Tree Nativity set, I've had this piece in mind, wanting to make a backdrop for the set. Today I finished it. I saw a picture a year or so on the internet that gave me this idea. I'm sorry I can't give credit to whomever inspired me, but I want to Thank them all the same.

These are 3 different panels - They are basically envelopes with cardboard inserts to make them stand up. Two of the panels are just plain fabric. The Third is layered with various neutral fabrics cut to make houses or buildings representing Bethlehem.

These will sit on the shelf above the TV which is 51 inches across. By assembling them in panels, I can change where the buildings are, and with a different setting, I can have the background be anywhere from 19 inches across to 57 inches! You can see on the right hand picture where I've just taken 2 of the panels, and set them in a V - so the nativity figures can go right in the foreground.  Click on the photo to enlarge it.

I don't have my set out of the storage just yet, but I will soon and I will show you an update on how it all looks together.
I still want to figure out how to get the star of Bethlehem in I'll keep thinking on that.

My Willow Tree Nativity set is in place - I Love how it looks.

There's a great contest over at Piece N Quilt with more links to great holiday Ideas.  Click on the button below to see more.

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  1. I have the same nativity and I love your backdrop! You have inspired me to do more! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it! Thanks so much for sharing! :)

  2. Simply adorable and creative. Love them all!

  3. I love it! What a great way to "set the stage" for your nativity!

  4. Where did you get the dark colored creche?? I absolutely love it and would like to get one for my nativity...

  5. Your panels bring your nativity to life. Great job!

    Merry Christmas

  6. That is such a great idea and it looks fantastic!

  7. What fun and beautiful work you do with quilting! A friend of mine sent me this link and I would like to post it on my Keep Christ in Christmas blog which will go online sometime this month at my website:

    Our family has a small seasonal business producing contemporary Christmas wrapping paper with the birth of Christ as the theme, so this beautiful backdrop for the Nativity will be a great inspiration to those who visit our site.

    Thank you,
    Cheri at First Christmas

  8. Thank you all for your lovely comments. In regard to the creche - I made this myself with black walnut wood, finished with a satin stain and lightly highlighted with gold rub. My husband and I have made many creche pieces in the past with a more rustic design as well. Let me know if you'd like to see more pictures and I'll try to run some down for you.

  9. I love this! Do you sell the wooden creche anywhere online? Thanks!