Last Minute Christmas Gifts

I reserve the month of December for baking, decorating, and any other Christmas celebrating I choose to do. So no customer quilts to show you today.

I did decide a week before Christmas that I would make my grandson, who is attending App State, a wall hanging of his music fraternity letters. His Mom had sent them to me along with the suggestion. He was truly pleased when he unwrapped his present.

Fused appliquéd letters with swirl background quilting.

Since I made something for him, I had to make something for his sister. So she got a pillow sham that matches the quilt she got last year.

Then I decided my step-daughter, their Mom, should get something handmade too. Everyone can use a zippered pouch.

I had bought something for my son’s girlfriend who would be spending Christmas with the family, but needed something for her kids. Her little girl wanted to buy an apron for Mom, so I thought she might like an apron too. Mom’s had cupcakes on it. I had a piece of fabric with birthday cakes, cupcakes, donuts, and other goodies. I figured that was close enough.

I partially used 2 free patterns I found on the Internet and added my own touch. It is reversible and is sturdy. I really liked how it is made. I need to take notes of what I did before I forget. (It might already be too late.)

Her son likes to do art and was given a sketch pad and colored pencils for a gift. I made him an artist tote for his drawing supplies. He also likes cats.

This was the most frustrating gift I made. I put heavy interfacing in it to help it hold the drawing pad. This kind of project is definitely not my cup of tea. I’d rather do something I need to quilt!

Perhaps one holiday I won’t leave these decisions to the last minute. I can dream can’t I?

Thanks for stopping by.


Are Old Decorations Just Old?

There was a time in my life when asked if I wanted something “old” that my parents had, I wondered why on earth they would even ask if I wanted it.  Of course I didn’t want that old thing.  Now, my most cherish possessions are things I remember at Christmas as a little girl (and I’m 62 years young).

Every year I fill this glass bowl with plain ornaments, just like my Mom did.  The bowl was given to my parents as a thank you gift because they loaned my brother’s crib to a friend.  My brother is 67 so that gives you an idea just how old it is.

Christmas Bowl

The bowl is sitting on a tablecloth that belonged to my Great Grandma Hanshew.  I use it for decoration but when it’s time to put food on the table I take it off.

This blue plate

German Plate

hung on the wall every Christmas.  My Dad brough it back from Germany after WWII.  I wish I knew what it is made of.  It sort of feels like metal.  He also brought back this pair that hung on our Christmas tree every year.

German Ornaments

Now they are in an antique box with an old wallpaper backing.  The chickens are from the “garden” Mom put under the tree each year.  These ornaments that are on my Christmas tree today were on my tree when I was little.





I am so grateful my parents kept them.  I get them out, hang them on the tree and smile.  These aren’t old decorations, there’re priceless treasures.

Thanks for visiting with me today.