The tree is up:
The Nutcrackers are on guard:
And the table was set on Saturday for our annual dinner party for close friends:
I had so much fun at the party that I forgot to take any pictures while it was happening! We’ll now have quiet until family descends on Christmas day.
I can finally reveal the recipient of the Blue Star, “special occasion” quilt I made this fall. (See previous posts for pictures.) On Tuesday I delivered it to Pat Lang, a nurse with whom I worked for many years at UNH Health Services and who recently retired. It’s a “retirement quilt” with signatures of all the employees at Health Services. Pat was great and made my job easier because she was so good and so reliable. She loved the quilt, of course! And I finished the quilt made of his wife’s clothes for my neighbor and delivered that yesterday (pictures also on previous posts). He, too, loved his quilt. It will trigger many happy memories for him. So happy I had time to make these quilts!! Now I’ve moved on to layering and starting to machine quilt the second of the two baby quilts I’m making this year:
When this is done in the next couple of weeks, I will finally be finished with the several quilts I made for gifts this year. I should then have more time for my own projects, though I think a goal for next year will be to make at least one “community” quilt to donate to a worthy cause.
I’ve been concentrating on hand quilting Spirit of Japan (click on pics for enlargements):
With the cold weather we’ve been having, it’s been perfect to have this heavy quilt on my lap, warming me as I work on it! I am guessing that about 2/3 of the hand quilting is complete. “Stardust” is currently at the longarmer’s studio awaiting basting and I should have it back by the end of the month ready for hand quilting. It will be interesting to see if I hold off on quilting Stardust until Spirit of Japan is complete or whether I temporarily abandon SOJ for Stardust….
Here are several more appliqué quilts from the New England Quilt Museum’s current exhibit:
I really liked this lovely small red and green quilt:
This one had a unique border and the flowers point downward which is strange…
Beautiful quilting on the “President’s Wreath” quilt:
A lovely princess feather, 4-block with some interesting quilting motifs:
And here are 2 dark blue and white “2 color” appliqué quilts, both outstanding:
There are many more of these quilts still to share in future posts.
Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday season!! Be kind, be grateful, and cherish each day, Gladi