Ready for Christmas

by Karen on December 9, 2012

in quilts

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EDITEDI have been having a bit of trouble with my blog server and at times my blog will pop up with an Error message, I believe it is fixed again for now but who can tell, it has been happening fairly frequently the last 2 or 3 weeks – just try again later!

Well not quite – I still have a bit of baking to do and Christmas shopping – I haven’t started!!  But yesterday was spent making one batch of cookies to eat while the tree was going up and the rest of the time was doing a little here and there going through the boxes of decorations – I don’t use more than half of them anymore it seems and really need to pack these boxes better this time when we put everything away.

I don’t have a place for the Christmas Lighthouse wall hanging that I made some years ago anymore, but I thought what the heck drape it over the quilt rack.  I made this wall hanging about 10 years or so ago – the pattern and the architecture fabrics were a Christmas present from the daughters.  Needle turn applique and hand quilted. (Made 2002 just checked @ 10:48)

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I noticed I took this photo before I had everything little thing out by the fireplace– oh well, still a bit of clutter!  If we happen to have to have a fire going all of this has to be moved – but that usually doesn’t happen.

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the small version I made of the Dutch Treat quilt – I got very tired of this one after I started to make it and it is less than a quarter the size it was supposed to be – that is what happens to some of us after we do two Dear Jane quilts, we think we still want to work with little pieces but in my case I was burned out on little pieces and said forget about it!  I thought the colors go well for Christmas though and now I use it under the decoration – works out well.  This quilt is reverse applique (by hand) and hand quilted. (finished 2010)

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Two quilts in the dining area – the Christmas Tree on the wall is the one that I did totally by machine last month and the one on the table is a Feathered Star with a Cardinal in the center – needle turn applique, machine pieced and hand quilted.  I think I made this one about 6 or more years ago – I would have to look at the label to be sure and I’m too lazy to get up. (feathered star 2006)

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Christmas Nativity set that my grandpa made back in 1953, the people and animals are a collection that I painted about 35 years ago.

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Some newer pieces here

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and the skinny fake tree – so easy to decorate – pop it out of the box, put three pieces together, plug it in and add a few old decorations here and there – works for me!

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and the Christmas Wall Hanging that I showed you after Thanksgiving.  This pretty much makes up Christmas at my house – I have a wreath on the outside of the front door (finished big wall quilt 2011)

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We can’t forget the cookies to go with decorating the house – these are called “nutmeg cookie logs

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Carla December 9, 2012 at 10:12 am

It all looks so cozy and inviting!

Kim December 9, 2012 at 1:04 pm

Yea! I got to read your blog! I always look forward to reading your posts so was having withdrawls this morning when I couldn’t get it to load lol. I really love the Christmas lighthouse pattern. So many wonderful decorations and quilts!
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Penny December 9, 2012 at 3:22 pm

Your Christmas Lighthouse quilt is lovely! Your decorating is very tasteful without being too, overdone. Those who decorate to the max, have a real ability at doing it and it is interesting to see but I could not live with it even for a short time. I enjoy simple and tasteful.

Vivian December 9, 2012 at 6:09 pm

I love to decorate for Christmas and love lights. But this year, I pooped out in the middle of it. I really need to go through and throw away the old looking stuff and stuff I didn’t use this year. I spotted your Double Wedding Ring in one of the pictures.

I guess I better be ready for the cold. Hopefully, no snow though since I have to get out and drive.
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glen/quiltSwissy December 9, 2012 at 8:18 pm

So beautiful and homey looking. I love your house!

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Nedra December 9, 2012 at 9:19 pm

you look ready now for Christmas! So much work goes into decorating, but it’s so fun to see.

Doreen December 10, 2012 at 7:26 am

Yay! Your blog came up in my “Reader”!!! Your place looks gorgeous. I put out very little this year but am happy with it…..simplicity! The cookies look yummy! Off to quilt Christmas gathering this morning! Almost 8″ of snow goes a long ways to make it look more Christmas-y!!!!!! Might have to borrow your pattern for the “machine done” tree!!!! Hugs, D
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Miriam December 11, 2012 at 3:05 pm

Thank you for sharing your Christmas decorating.
I love all your Christmas quilts!
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