Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Christmas Quilts filled with memories





I wanted to join SewCalGal's Christmas Quilt Show but I just couldn't decide which wall quilt to put in!!! Decisions, decisions - since they are all about the same size - I'm showing you all of them!

Thanks SewCalGal for hosting this. Dear Reader, be sure you head here to see all the other quilts. I've already seen some ideas I want to do for next year!!

Let the festivities begin!!

Starting with the newest ... only because blogger reverses the photos when loading :> Eight Tiny Reindeer from "The Night Before Christmas" by Art to Heart. I finished this table runner last January. I love, love, love Art to Heart - especially their stitchery alphabets - they're wonderful, stylish, easy to read fonts. Because of this project, I wanted to do more stitchery this year ... and I did do 'more' - just not as much as I thought I would! When do we ever actually meet our own expectations!! Here's my blog post where I talk about making this quilt.



Isn't this a great 'door hanger'? A favorite pattern that I can't find right now :< I'll update this post if and when it surfaces. [Anyone?? I know it was very popular!!] This was made in my 'seasonal' quilting period. There were 4 centers of the log cabins that kind-of could be used as the seasons changed. Mom and Dad were traveling to Mexico in their trailer and I made door hangers for mom - not much room in a trailer to decorate or store things. Note the yellow star button. I really like those - as you will see! I had my BIL drill button holes in dozens of them. AND I've squirreled some away for the next project needing them! Thanks, G!!!



Mom and I stenciled these trees. And we decorated them with collectable quilting pins. Quilted by hand!! Those were the days!



This button tree is so-o cute! It's in "Make it Quick for Christmas" by Debbie Mumm. It was fun to pick out the buttons. Mom didn't care for the pattern, wanted something more 'traditional' - and that's why we made the stenciled trees shown above!



Ohhh, I lived away from home many years when we didn't have the money to get back for the holidays. I made so many of these wall quilts - it was a favorite gift for family and secret pals galore! It's from the pattern "Home for Christmas #124" by Pieces From My Heart. I did change the proportions a little - made it a little taller. The back stitch alphabet was fun. I, of course, was embroidering on dark fabric [I never take the easy way out!] - so I actually marked it on the back and stitched it backwards, giving me that perfect funky look I wanted! Good thing that's what it called for.



The oldest Christmas project still in the house is Prairie Points!! This has to be from the 80s because I remember working on them in NJ - we moved from there in 85 or 86. You stitched them and then 'framed' them in a 14" hoop. I made dozens of these for friends and families. I mailed them home in the hoop, in a pizza box!! It was the perfect size and depending on the kid at the pizza place - I could get a few free clean boxes everytime we went.



There are a lot of the wooden yellow stars through the years. Most of the pictures are taken on our brick-red couch here in the condo. This year ... I want to make new stockings for us. I've embroidered the names - Beach Papa and Beach Nana and the grandkids' names. Just have to decide on the stocking pattern.

Next blog post I'll show you the method I used to add buttons to already made Christmas stockings!! These are decorative only - and I think I got them on fairly securely!! AND the antique Christmas Tree quilt I was lucky enough to get from my Grandmother. See you then.

44 comments:

Marcia - Crafty Sewing and Quilting said...

Love you Christmas Quilts! The Christmas Tree ones are really cool! Thanks for sharing! I love seeing all the Holiday Quilts!

Snoodles said...

Love each and every one of your projects....yes, I remember those prairie points, too! LOL

Joanna said...

You have a nice collection of lovely Christimas quilts. I'm aiming for the same thing.

Sue Daurio said...

Oh so many wonderful Christmas Quilts. I do love Art to Heart as well, I have a few of their books. I do really like the tree quilts. The stencil with collectible pins is so creative and the Debbie Mumm one is adorable. Great job.

SewCalGal said...

Wow, are you ready for Christmas? Love your Christmas quilts. They are all beautiful. But I'm definitely inspired by your button tree quilt.

Thanks for sharing in the Christmas Quilt Show.

I hope you have a very Merry Christmas!

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

Christine M said...

So many lovely Christmas projects. Thanks for sharing.

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Lots of lovely project, but really love the variety of trees!

Wilma NC said...

I love the button tree!!

nima said...

lovely trees..i love all the quilts

Sandy said...

Cute stuff! Thanks for sharing.

LynCC said...

The reindeer are so fun!! And what a great idea to make mini trees for the RV trip. :)

Needled Mom said...

They are wonderful. I'm glad you added all of them. Love the trees.

sew.darn.quilt said...

You have a glorious collection of Christmas creations.

Carolyn

May Britt said...

Thanks for showing your christmas quilts:)

Beth said...

I love the button tree. That is delightful.

Kwiltz by Stephanie said...

Yum! I really like the prairie point circle! It really zings! Thanks for sharing!!!

Carrie P. said...

You have made some great Christmas quilt. The little tree one is a great way to show off some special buttons.

Lesley said...

What adorable little quilts! Love the reindeer quilt and am very partial to the tree quilts...all of them! A really special collection of Christmas treats!

stichnRN said...

you should have entered that christmas tree with the quilt pins in the contest that was at the fall houston, i think. i love that idea.

Karen said...

You have so many wonderful Christmas quilts. Lovely collection of trees. I think the reindeer are gorgeous.

Nanbon44 said...

I think all your quilts are wonderful...

Mrs.Pickles said...

everything is so pretty

Mary said...

I like your idea for the quilt pins!
finding a lot of Inspiration this year

Stitched With Prayer said...

Wow, you have such a wonderful collection of Christmas Quilts to decorate with. They are all beautiful, thanks so much for sharing. Hugs...

Julimond said...

all are so wonderful.
i like small quilt projects.

Teresa said...

Great quilts, no wonder you couldn't decide which to show

Judi said...

I used an Art to Heart pattern for my entry this year too. Love their designs. All of your projects are very nice!

Sandra Kaye said...

Love all your show and tell. thanks for sharing!!

Rachel said...

They're all beautiful! thanks for sharing.

maggie said...

Oh Wow! I love them all. Art To Heart makes such fun patterns. Well done.

Jen said...

Such great projects, really love them!

Cat Herder said...

Such great projects! Your work is really lovely!

Vickie in Cleveland

Rachel said...

Awesome quilts! I wouls have a hard time choosing too! Thanks for sharing!!

Laurel said...

i like the button tree!!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Great quilts!!

Michele Hester said...

Very fun! Thank you for sharing!

Janet said...

A wonderful sextet of quilts. They are all lovely.

Teresa Felgueiras said...

Lovely set of Xmas projects, they are beautiful.

Heather said...

How nice to have so many fun Christmas projects.

╰☆╮ Barb ╰☆╮ said...

I could make Christmas projects all year long! Love all your entries, especially the Santa and reindeer. Good job!

KOcanQuilt said...

I like all of them but especially the one you made last January with the reindeer. So cute.

Kelli said...

Love all of your projects, esp. the button tree! What a great idea! I am a new follower of your blog. Nice to *meet* you. :)

Sally said...

Your lovely Christmas quilts made me think about my Mom. She always made me a Christmas quilt as my present.
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Michele said...

I love how different tne two trees are, but yet similar at the same time :-) thanks for sharing!