EDITED: I 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)
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.
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)
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)
Christmas Nativity set that my grandpa made back in 1953, the people and animals are a collection that I painted about 35 years ago.
Some newer pieces here
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!
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)
We can’t forget the cookies to go with decorating the house – these are called “nutmeg cookie logs”