Monday, November 28, 2011

Christmas is Coming

....the goose is getting fat.  Poor goose!

The blogs are so exciting with all of the Christmas decorating showing up.  I really enjoy seeing all of the creative ideas out there.  Does everyone else too?

I started to put a few things out yesterday.  I hung my Christmas Cactus quilt and I love it.  I think I have shown the completed top last winter, but here it is bound and hanging.   It will be such a nice addition to our future Christmas decorating.


To see more great Christmas quilts check out SewCalGal.


We celebrated our Thanksgiving on Saturday which is our tradition.   I had lots of help from the family - especially my dear hubby who cooked the turkeys, made the gravy, stuffing and potatoes.  It was delicious and I told him I might relinquish the job to him in the future!!!!


Lots of directing going on.
Some of the grandchildren came over and set tables and did prepping of veggies.  Thank goodness for a wonderful gang of help!


Grandpa overseeing the process.



Part of the gang for Thanksgiving.  The rest came later after a soccer playoff game and church.



Our son's new family member.


Not much quilting going on here unless a quilted jigsaw puzzle counts.  Can you tell I am bored?



It will be nice to get this cast off so I can use scissors, knives and rotary cutters again, but I am able to use the fingers more now that the swelling and pain has subsided.  Yeah!  The bad hair days remain!!!!

This was what we enjoyed this morning.  You know it's going to be a great day when it starts like this.

Keep up with all the great Christmas decorating as I am loving it!

93 comments:

nancygrayce said...

That Christmas Cactus quilt is gorgeous! I envy you your creativeness! I do love seeing everyone's decorations.....haven't done much on this end. Just starting! Just got my fall stuff put away.

Oh, dear, I'll get busy!

Looks like your Thanksgiving was a wonderful time. I love that child's table.

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

I love your Christmas Cactus quilt.
I is lovely; as is the family. I just put my lights up outside. nothing inside yet...I'm one who waits til around the 15th.

Sandie ~call me crazy said...

Your Christmas cactus quilt is gorgeous. I really like the mug rugs too. And I love that puzzle~ will you frame it?

Looks like Thanksgiving was a very fun family time. So nice to have so many helpers.

I'm glad you are able to use your fingers an bit and that the pain and swelling is down. It does look like a beautiful way to start your day!

Sue said...

Beautiful Christmas Cactus quilt and I love seeing photos of your huge family all having fun together.

Joanna said...

Terrific quilt. Looks lovely.

Quilt Hollow said...

I've still got to dig out my Christmas stuff and now worry that I can't decorate how I really want because of it being on the market. You know, clearing out clutter to make it look bigger and all? Your quilt is wonderful there. I always tell you too just how blessed you are to have such a nice big family.

Terry said...

Love your quilt! Love the puzzle too! :0)

Bridget B said...

Your Christmas Cactus quilt is beautiful. Thanksgiving looks like a happy day at your house. Sorry to see that cast- hope it heals soon.

tink's mom said...

Never saw a Christmas Cactus block before it is absolutely gorgeous. Thanks for sharing.

Notjustnat said...

Merry early Christmas to you and yours Mary. Your cactus Christmas quilt is truly beautiful. I love those greens, red and pink. You did a great job Mary - Hugs Nat

Nanbon44 said...

great quilt, thanks for sharing

Snoodles said...

First time I have ever seen a Christmas Cactus block....so intricate! What a joy to have so many of your family to celebrate Thanksgiving. Glad you are improving!

Joyful Quilter said...

Your Christmas Cactus quilt turned out beautiful. I don't decorate much since I'm never home for Christmas.

Sandra Kaye said...

I love you quilt!! Very unique!! Thanks for sharing!!1 Hugs-- Sandra

Marcia - Crafty Sewing and Quilting said...

Really Cool Christmas Quilt! Thanks for sharing!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Your Christmas Cactus is gorgeous! I think I already told you that on flickr!! Great design.

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Beautiful Christmas Cactus quilt! Oh my what a huge family - what fun the holidays must be.

May Britt said...

Love your christmasquilt :)

deb said...

that Quilt is lovely!!! and WOW...he cooked all that,,,hes a keeper for sure!!!! your family is precious!!!! and so is that doggie!!!

Apple Avenue Quilts said...

Your Christmas cactus quilt is just beautiful!

Maria said...

Your Christmas Catus Quilt is just so beautiful hanging on the wall.
It puts a smile on my face each time I visit your happy family.

Barbara said...

Nice quilt. Nice images.

QuiltSue said...

I love the Christmas Cactus. You have such a big family, I bet the noise is amazing when you all get together.

Tonya said...

love the christmas catus quilt....beautiful

Sandy said...

Your Christmas Casctus quilt is beautiful!=)

Marjorie said...

What a wonderful pattern for a seguro cacutus. I really love that.

Linds said...

I love your Christmas Cactus quilt! It looks beautiful where you have hung it.
Oh, it must be so frustrating not to be able to sew right now - hopefully you will be released from the cast very soon. How many people are there in your family now? And how on earth do you all manage to sit down to a meal together? But what a joy for you and your husband! And how wonderful to have so many little (and big) helpers. Perfect!

barcord said...

Thanks for that newsy blog. Your Christmas Cactus quilt is beautiful. It really looks good where you hung it. You obviously had a good time with the family. Hope you get that cast off soon. Take care, and go slowly. Blessings B.

Stray Stitches said...

The Christmas Cactus quilt is beautiful!!! Would you mind sharing where you found the pattern?
Looks like you had plenty of help for Thanksgiving! It must be wonderful to have so many family members so close to share all of the special events with.

Mrs.Pickles said...

great quilt!

Julimond said...

wonderful. Christmas feeling.

Sue Daurio said...

Christmas cactus quilt is just gorgeous!! And what a great looking bunch, the holidays must be a lot of fun by you!

Sharon said...

I also enjoy seeing everyone's decorating ideas.
I loved the photo of the family and that is such a beautiful scenery behind you.
Hugs

Michele Hester said...

I have to say the Christmas Cactus quilt is one of my favorites so far! Thank you for sharing it!

Talin's Corner said...

Love your Xmas Cactus Quilt, it looks great hung up behind the table. I can't believe you have already started decorating, I am just barely finishing up cleaning after Thanksgiving.

Your Thanksgiving picture, as always, look great. I especially love the picture of the two in the cart.

MooseStash Quilting said...

Fabulous quilt.

PEA said...

I always enjoy seeing your family pictures when you all get together:-) Sounds and looks like a wonderful Thanksgiving was had by all. The little ones are just adorable! I wish I had all that help in my kitchen:-)

Your Christmas cactus quilt is so beautiful and I love where you hung it, a perfect background to your Christmas display.

I can well imagine how anxious you are to have your cast removed. Makes you realize how for granted we take having the use of both our arms and hands!!

We still have no snow here, not even any flurries which is very unusual for this time of year. I'm hoping it stays nice until after this coming weekend, I'm planning on going to Niagara Falls with Steve for our Christmas fun weekend but it will depend on the weather. If you remember, two years ago I got caught in a snowstorm that had me and others stranded on the side of the highway for 9 hours. Eek! Don't want to repeat that again!! lol

Take good care of yourself dear friend. xoxo

Carrie P. said...

what an awesome quilt you entered in the show. Love it.

maggie said...

Your Christmas Cactus quilt is so lovely. Good job!

Stitched With Prayer said...

Your Christmas Cactus quilt is so amazing. What a beautiful pattern and I love the fabrics you chose. I also enjoyed your delightful family pictures! I was wondering...I the new puppy a Weimaraner? We had one when I was a young girl and she was a wonderful pet. Also had to tell you how gorgeous the two stitchery projects at the end of your pictures were along with the beautiful sunrise. Takes your breath away to see such glory in the morning doesn't it? We took similar pictures early in the morning day before yesterday. Thanks so much for sharing with us. Hugs...
**I love to do jigsaw puzzles and the one you showed us looks like it was a lot of fun...that is, if you weren't having to do it out of boredom, LOL. Hope you get the cast off soon.

Lesley said...

Your Christmas cactus quilt is beautiful!

sew.darn.quilt said...

WOW!! You've made some stunning treasures. Thank you for sharing.

Carolyn

Fleurette said...

Beautiful quilt and lovely family photos.

Karen said...

Lovely to see your Christmas quilt on display. It looks great.

palmtreefanatic said...

love it!!! looks like wonderful family time! the jigsaw quilt puzzle is amazing!
yes indeed Christmas is coming and I am only lightly decorating this year!

Wilma NC said...

Very pretty!! I love all things Christmas.

Sallie said...

Gorgeous quilt! Like the puzzle, too!

LynCC said...

Whoa! Your top quilt is really stunning. Wonderful Christmas quilt.

nima said...

wow...gorgeous quilt

Teresa Felgueiras said...

Your quilt is as lovely as unusual. Great piece.

Ulla's Quilt World said...

Hi! Greetings from Finland! Your quilts are so fantastic! It's so nice to find other quilters all around the world! :)

em's scrapbag said...

I love your cactus quilt. Looks like Thanksgiving was a success. The sunrise picture is stunning.

Lynne said...

I love your Christmas Cactus quilt - it's stunning! Your Thanksgiving looks like great fun.

Christine M said...

I love your Christmas Cactus Quilt. It's so different!

Kwiltz by Stephanie said...

Hi! I am here from sewcalgal. Thanks for sharing your very fancy quilt! Nice family photos!

Michele said...

Love your Christmas cactus quilt! I have a few Christmas cacti? at home. Your Thanksgiving looks like so much fun :-) Is the newest family member a Weimer? We had one for 12 years.....I still miss him.

Becky said...

Wonderful Christmas Cactus quilt!!! It will indeed look wonderful each year as you decorate. Happy Holidays!

Mary said...

Thanks for sharing your Christmas cactus quilt. I think that is the only way I would get one to bloom at the right time for Christmas.

Dawn said...

Wow - 58 comments! You've become very popular, you rascal!

I haven't been around much to see decorations, and I can't get anything to work on mine.

I'm glad you had such good help for your feast. Kudos to your hubby. I know you'll be so glad to get that cast off! Looks like it was a gorgeous day.

We had a good time with 16 from every possible branch of the family - very interesting. No Kev and Angie, though. They had a great time with the TC bunch at the house.

We got a good Christmas-y storm overnight and all day and it's 21 now at 8 pm - cold, but seasonal.

I love the Christmas cactus quilt - you're right, it's just the right touch.

Here it is Thursday night already - WHERE does the time go every week? I just can't seem to get my thoughts together for a post very often - but I finally have one up again.

Janet said...

Your Christmas Cactus quilt is lovely! Wonderful Thanksgiving gathering for you with all your family. Puzzles are good....

Cheryl said...

Your Christmas cactus looks so complicated. Great job!!

Trudy Callan said...

Love all of the family pictures and quilts. You are so talented.

Thank you so much for always stopping by when I post. I always look forward to your comments. I really appreciate your support and thoughtful words these past few months, especially. They have been a real blessing to me, more than you'll ever know.

Donna said...

Hi Mary, What wonderful photos! I love seeing your family. I'm so so sorry you can't quilt. It would drive me crazy too! I'm working on the Colorado Rockies..but don't have enough progress to share. :o)

Have company this week and daughter headed to a military ball and her friend is coming in four hours. Yipes! Back to the cleaning. :o)

xo
Donna

*Stitches* said...

Your Christmas Cactus is stunning!!

Quiltbenaco said...

E' bellissima la tua trapunta di Natale!
Ciao

Linda in Calif. said...

Beautiful quilt, even more beautiful family. And you know what, I have that same puzzle. I've been planning to do it again this Dec. (I like to do puzzles with the family this time of year.)

Judi said...

Your Christmas cactus is stunning!

Jen said...

Lovely quilt! I also love your puzzle. That's awesome!

Mary said...

I love your Christmas Cactus! Who makes the pattern? It is very stunning!

Laurel said...

Wow. Spectacular. Seriously - that's amazing.

Rachel said...

Beautiful quilt! Thanks so much for sharing it!!

Rachel said...

Very nice! I love to see all the Christmas quilts - such inspiration!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Wow your Christmas quilt is gorgeous!

Kelli said...

Oh, that is gorgeous!

Heather said...

great Christmas quilt and the mug rugs are sweet too.

KOcanQuilt said...

I love this quilt. Of the ones I have looked at, it is one of my favorites. What a nice design.

╰☆╮ Barb ╰☆╮ said...

That's such a unique design - great! And I like the table runner, too.

Deonn @ Quiltscapes said...

What a BEAUTIFUL Christmas cactus quilt; a treasure! Thanks for sharing pics of your family, too! Wonderful.

Barbara said...

The Christmas quilt makes a great backdrop to your nativity.

All looks like a lot of fun.Have thought very little about Christmas so far. So much else going on. Only just started to make my Christmas cards!

The stores seem to be thinking it is Christmas early November these days which I don't like.

Sally said...

Thanks for sharing your great family Thanksgiving photos with all of us. Your quilt is so very beautiful. Hope you are all better soon.
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Ivory Spring said...

Mary,

Your Christmas cactus quilt is phenomenal! I love it. I enjoyed your Thanksgiving pictures too. Keep on getting well.

~Niki~ said...

neat~love all the family pics! looks like a great time.
you know at first that cactus quilt looked sort of like a snowflake to me. cute! have a great day!

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

Your Christmas cactus quilt is GORGEOUS! I love the mugs rugs, too. You have a beautiful family, lots of love. Please know that I wish you speedy healing.

Loveforfood said...

beautiful Christmas quilt.Great family photos.

Kim said...

Now how did you get that house block done over at Beth's?
I hope you show us more of your decorating, that Christmas cactus quilt is lovely.

Happy sewing and Merry Christmas

Kay Lynne said...

Love your Christmas Cactus quilt! Your family pictures are wonderful :)

Carole said...

Happy belated Thanksgiving! what fun it must have been! Love, love, love your cactus quilt! What a sweet quilt! Perfect for the holiday! Cheers!

Rhonda said...

I love your family group photo. I'm all into family photos and making memories.

Sinta Renee said...

I love seeing a bunch of men in the kitchen!!! and OMG Your quilt is gorgeous! I hope it's in a prime location in the house so that everybody gets to see it's splendor. Wonderful family photos too:) merry Christmas!

Midlife Mom said...

Oh my goodness! Look at all the comments! You are a rock star my friend!!

I keep thinking of you with that cast on your arm and trying to do all the Christmasy things! Wish I wasn't so far away, I would LOVE to help you out! Nice how the grands come over and help with the prep work and tell E that he is amazing! Poor R wouldn't know one end of the turkey from the other! ha!

Your family pictures are so beautiful. You are so blessed with your lovely family and more to come. :o) It makes me teary to see them all together!

The Christmas quilt is just amazing! I can't wait to start mine for next year!!!

Well dear friend, I hope that cast came off today! Love to you all! xoxox

Cherry said...

Wow, love your blog! I'm a happy follower now :-)

Vanessa at Rescued Goods said...

What a beautiful and big family! Glad your day was filled with fun and food and family:)

Barbara said...

Have a great Christmas Mary and trust your arm is well on the way to mending.