Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Goodbye November, Hello December

Wow!  Has this year flown past or what?  It seems hard to imagine we are already into December. 

Our Thanksgiving was wonderful with lots of great memories being made and waaaay too much delicious food to eat.  The only downside to it this year was that my mom was unable to join us as she had an infection.  She so loves being around all the activity and enjoys seeing the little ones.  Each year we attempt to get a photo of the family together and this year was no exception.  We were missing one grandson who is away at college in Florida.


First Thanksgiving for three of them


There has not been a lot of sewing time, but I am attempting to join in on the Easy Street Mystery quilt with Bonnie Hunter.  This is the beginning and I will get to it as time permits.  I do have my almost 400 sub cuts of pairs finished.  They just need to be sewn into four patches.

They really are not pink!!!  They are grays, blacks and whites.


I have worked a little more on my Christmas stockings in the evenings.  It doesn't seem as though I make much progress until I compare it to the previous week's photo. 




This year I am going to enter my little red Christmas Tree into the 2012 Christmas Quilt show.  If you have made a Christmas quilt, you should put yours in as well.  They are accepting links through Nov. 30th.  There are prizes to be won even if you did not submit a quilt for the show so be sure to go and visit.





The house is slowly turning from fall decor into Christmas.  I am going to have some of the granddaughters come over to help me transform it the rest of the way.  They love doing it and I LOVE the extra help. 


Have you seen the Holiday Lane Blog Hop pillows?  Oh my goodness....they are fabulous.  That is on my to-do list for next year.  It is a free pattern by Jill Finley.  You can check them out at www.sewwequilt.com and follow the link to the pattern. 

64 comments:

Lynne said...

What a lovely family photo and what great memories the little ones will have being surrounded by so much love!

Linda said...

Wow! What a huge gathering of family! How wonderful. What a shame that your mom couldn't be there.
Yes, the year has really flown by!

Linda said...

Wow! What a huge gathering of family! How wonderful. What a shame that your mom couldn't be there.
Yes, the year has really flown by!

Stephanie said...

I just love the red and white tree quilt. Worthy of a prize for sure. You have a beautiful family.

LethargicLass said...

absolutely love this quilt!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Your Christmas stocking is so adorable with the chickadee! Great family Thanksgiving photo of your family.
I vote for your tree quilt to win - love it!

Karen said...

Love your red tree. It looks so festive. Great to have such a wonderful family gathering.

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Lovely family gathering - just adore your R/W tree and thank you for sharing in the Quilt Show.

Exuberant Color said...

Great family photo. It is hard to get everyone to look at the camera at the same time in a large group but it sure worked for your family.

Linds said...

I always love seeing your family and how wonderful it must be to have them close by too. Yes - I am another one wondering where the year has gone! When I get home I will take down Autumn and get out the hundreds of Christmas boxes and make a start - my sister has issued a decree stating that she is changing her home before I leave, so I think that is where I will be for the next couple of days - under the greenery!

Nat Palaskas said...

I know, I can't believed it's almost December already! Bonnie Hunter Mystery quilt would be such fun. I like the look of them already - Enjoy Nat

Sandra B said...

Your 4-patches are looking lovely. Can't wait for the next clue. That red/white tree quilt is beautiful.

Amys Crafty Shenanigans said...

Stopping in from the Christmas Quilt SHow - I love your red and white tree!!!

Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts said...

What a fun Thanksgiving you must have enjoyed! Love the family photo's and the growing babies. Your tree is striking! Have fun with your DGD's. :-)

Lesley said...

Love your little red tree!

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

love your xmas wall hanging! The family is so nice - it is nice having a lot of babies the same age group isn't it - our family is like that too

Barbara said...

That is gorgeous!

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

So love your pretty Christmas tree.

Hilachas said...

What a a wonderful, beautiful family photo. It's so nice that so many of you were able to gather. You seem to be doing a lot of sewing even though you don't think so. You have a lot to show. Keep on going!

Nedra said...

What a beautiful family! Looks like a wonderful gathering for Thanksgiving.

Tangos Treasures said...

Great family pictures!!! Hope your Mom is feeling better! Good luck with the Christmas tree quilt!

Kathy ... aka Nana said...

Love your R&W tree quilt. Your twosies are sweet - I cannot wait to see the next step of Easy Street!

nancygrayce said...

I'm playing catch up.....slowly.....

I must say, I envy you being able to get family photos! That is one of the few things that I really would love and that will not happen unless there are some miracles. You have such a beautiful family!

I think your Christmas quilt is bound to win, it's so gorgeous. I am slowing getting my house into Christmas mode too.....I did tell the hubby that if we're going to decorate, then we have to invite someone over! We won't have any grandchildren here this year :(

Your stocking is beautiful......you are certainly multi talented!

Belinda said...

You do lovely work and have a beautiful family!

Carla said...

That's quite a crowd you've got there! Your tree is lovely.

sew.darn.quilt said...

I love this design, it's so clean and fresh and your's is beautiful!

Sharon said...

What a beautiful group and so many.
You are truly blessed.
I really enjoy looking at all of your projects. You are so talented.
Hugs

Snoodles said...

Love your tree....am truly green with envy that you have such a large and beautiful gathering of family! Merry Christmas!

LynCC said...

Love the cross-stitch you're working on! And I really have GOT to get that pattern - I see those tree quilts and love it every time all over again. So pretty!

My Sister Made Me Do It.... said...

I always enjoy your family photos....what a lovely group. I'm glad you entered your Christmas tree.....I'll bop over there in a minute and check it out....your stitchery is coming along nicely!

Kathy @ Kwilty Pleasures said...

Love the tree quilt. Fun with family makes me smile!

Nanbon44 said...

I think those trees are so pretty, so glad Accuquilt made the die to cut out the tree parts

Lisa said...

Your stitching is coming along. Looking good! Love the red tree quilt. What a lovely decoration.

Eileen said...

Your stockings are going to be wonderful. Lots of work! Love your quilt. I did something similar but love your inner border! Thanks for sharing and have a great day

Eileen said...

Love that quilt, what size is it?

SewCalGal said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and with all those cute little Gbabies, I'm confident you'll have a very Happy Christmas too. Just delightful! Love all your projects, and, of course, your Christmas Tree, by Cherry Blossoms Quilting Studio. Great job.

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

SewCalGal said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and with all those cute little Gbabies, I'm confident you'll have a very Happy Christmas too. Just delightful! Love all your projects, and, of course, your Christmas Tree, by Cherry Blossoms Quilting Studio. Great job.

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

Melissa said...

That tree is amazing!

whistlebet57 said...

I Love your tree and the cross stitch is pretty. Elizabeth

Nina Marie said...

ohhh love your little red tree - great job!

Eunique said...

Very pretty. Like the stockings, too!

Deb@asimplelifequilts said...

Beautiful red & white tree quilt! Good luck on Easy Street.

Vivian said...

How wonderful for you to have such a well-attended family gathering. The addition of new little ones has to give you the best feeling.
LOVE your little red/white tree. I'm really enjoying non-traditional holiday projects these days--different colors, unique designs -- and this one would be near the top of my favorites. Well done, Mary!

Annette said...

love your Christmas tree. Sew much detail in such a small space.
in stithces

Christine M said...

Beautiful quilt. I just love this pattern.

Val said...

Your family is beautiful as always and that Christmas quilt is out of this world!!!

Sheila said...

Absolutely gorgeous quilt , I love it !

Linda said...

SO BEAUTIFUL!
THANKS FOR SHARING!

msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

Kathleen at Rose Prairie said...

Love your tree

Glenna @ Hollyhock Quilts said...

Loved reading about your being a Supreme! Didn't know that! Sounds like you had a terrific Thanksgiving.

Candace said...

Just read your interview with Stephanie, Mary! How nice to know about you and your beautiful family!
Love your cross stitch stockings, and the Christmas tree quilt in absolutely beautiful!
Cheers!

Simone de Klerk said...

Lovely getting to know you as Supreme!
What a beautiful family you have. You must be so proud!

Judy B said...

Love your tree quilt! Thank you for sharing.
jbechosend at sbcglobal dot net

shez said...

gorgeous,well done.xx

Jane Holbrook said...

Greetings. I just read about you in Stephanie's blog, Loft Creations, and am intrigued. You are such a busy, creative seamstress! Your family looks like a fun bunch. Happy Sewing.

Patricia said...

What a great family picture and a lovely tree quilt too!

Connie said...

What a wonderful family picture, that is too bad that your mom couldn't be there, I hope she is feeling better now. Your Easy Street blocks look great and of course I really love your counted cross stitch and that lovely Christmas Tree!

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

What a lovely family and lovely work Mary!! Thanks for visiting; I learned a great deal with the challenge...I wil lnever be one of those great machine quilters; but I am much more relaxed now.

Barbara said...

How wonderful and what a background of flowers. Surely they are not Roses at this time of year.

Beautiful cross stitch.

Carolyn said...

Great family photo and I love you red Christmas tree. Beautiful!

Ivory Spring said...

I do love your family picture!!!

karen @ badlandsquilts said...

What a fabulous family photo!

Melinda Cornish said...

I love your tree quilt....I am sure I told you that before but I just had to say it again.

Carole said...

It just takes my breath away when I see a portrait of your family! What a blessing! Thank you for sharing!