Saturday, December 12, 2009

Making Christmas Memories -Old and New

This is my one and only Raggedy Ann, Clairabell Jingles.
Even though she is in a Christmas outfit she stays out all year. Don't you like to leave one or two Christmas things out?
Last week I showed the photo of this tree getting put up in the main intersection of our town.

The kids from all the elementary schools in the area came and decorated the little trees surrounding it. Last Saturday was the annual tree lighting. It's a big event and lots of fun seeing people, singing, hot chocolate, etc.

I was bringing out this quilt for the guest bedroom for part of my seasonal decorating
so I thought I would show it to you. It's a
holiday quilt that I did as a "brown bag" project.
My sewing group, the Material Girls, passed a project around and everybody did a block for each persons bag.
This one was my choice of pattern. I added the background, black and white fabrics in the bag and each of my friends did a block using my fabric selection and some of their scraps for the block. It makes a nice memory quilt of my group! Then (as I don't plan in advance) I had this border fabric, from years ago, that I thought would look good on the quilt... but I was about a foot and a half short! Don't ya hate that!?!
Fortunately my friend Donna had the same fabric in her stash and bailed me out!
How lucky was that!
On Thursday evening a couple of my friends came over. We have been working on Winter Wonderland
by Crabapple Hill for several months...
no that's not the wrong picture... I put the binding on this quilt instead. It's also an older quilt that needed to get finished. But I am truly in a love hate relationship with that redwork in Winter Wonderland. I can't wait to get to sewing the blocks! Anyway, this one got finished.
It's flannel and made from a fold art panel that came out a few years ago.
I have a whole houseful of people coming today at noon for a mini Christmas gathering of my siblings. Mini meaning about 14, including 2 little ones ages 3 & 5!
Woohoo! Little kids for Christmas!
We got to go shopping for them last night. Boy, was I lost in the toy section of Target! I am a tad (okay a lot) claustrophobic and those tall isles with lots of people in them just about sent me over the edge! But I did it... and I'm happy with our gifts for them.
But seriously, there was a lot of learning in a short amount of time there. I should have asked for advise on what is "in" before we went!
So, I have a whole lot of cooking and cleaning to get started on!
Have a wonderful weekend!


Simone de Klerk said...

Lovely quilts! I love the Santa Claus border. Very pretty! Have a lovely weekend.

Julie said...

What a sweet doll and I love the quilts!

Annette said...

I like your cute little doll and your quilts but especially your "brown bag" quilt...gorgeous!

Sherri said...

I love your quilts and especially your Raggedy Ann that you leave out year round! Have a wonderful time with your family this weekend!

kjquilts said...

I love that Christmas quilt! The Annie is so cute. I'd keep her out all year too!

Thearica said...

I absolutely love your doll! The brown bag quilt is very pretty too! I have a cross stitched snowman that my mother in law made that I leave out year round.

Quilt Hollow said...

The doll is just darling! How lucky for you that a friend had the bit of fabric you needed to finish off the looks wonderful!!


Aren't friends great--especially when they just what we need and are willing to "share"!!!
Love all your quilts, doll, and decorations---hope all comes out well you this week end.
Hugs, Di

Thelma said...

What's the name of your brown bag pattern? I absolutely love that quilt! The black and white diagonal...there's just so much to take in, but there's not a whole lot going on....hard to descirbe. I guess that's what appeals to me!

PunkiePie said...

Beautiful quilts! I hope you had a nice Christmas gathering this weekend!

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Cathi said...

Gorgeous Christmas quilt!! And the Raggedy Ann is wonderful -- I'd keep her out all year too.

IsabellasCloset said...

I LOVE Clairabell Jingles she is just adorable!
What a lovely blog you have.. the quilts are gorgeous.
Happy Holidays ~Mary~

fiberdoodles said...

Your quilts are just beautiful! Merry Christmas!!