Monday, December 2, 2019

Christmas Decorating

I have been busy in my Christmas workshop getting my decorations ready. 

I made a hand-appliqued Nutcracker quilt many years ago but it only got hung once in my current was just too big. I pulled out my rotary cutter and removed the eight-inch border and put a sweet binding on it. Problem solved. It is a wall hanging and not a bed quilt anymore.

At Breakfast Club last month I tackled my own project and got most of one "Tall Trim the Tree,"  wall hanging pieced. It is a paper-piecing pattern on a large scale. It measures 25 x 75-inches. I am hoping to use them this season to hang the many cross stitch Santa ornaments that must be placed out of my cat's reach. That means the bottom edge must be 4-feet off the ground. I still need to quilt them but it could be a project I get done this season.

I work on Bucilla Christmas felt kits year round and just finished this set of Classic Nutcracker Ornaments. I don't often make major changes but on this set I added the nutcracker teeth to the bottom three ornaments and the beard on the Santa ornament. I also added more beads and some metallic thread in some of the stitching. 

My collection of Bucilla stockings are starting to get hung.

Not the best's dark in Alaska in December! I tried using a flash but it didn't help. I'm sure my iPhone is capable of taking a better photo but I haven't taken the time to figure it out yet. 

I am slowly making my way through my stocking collection to add cotton linings. I've gotten enough of them done for my window displays...35 stockings. I only have 14 hanging so far. The garlands are all in place.

We officially hit the year mark since the big earthquake last year. All the talk about it on the news and our dark winter has upped my anxiety level. I'm trying very hard to get over it and just enjoy my own pace during this season. Some new snow is helping to brighten the season. 


Ramona said...

I love seeing your stockings hanging for Christmas. What a beautiful sight! Great idea to make the wall hanging trees for your cross stitch ornaments. It will be fun to see them hanging on the finished quilt.

Suz J said...

Wow, has it really been a year since the earthquake? Time really does march on too quickly. Love your Xmas decorations... great solution with the pieced trees... gotta keep them out of reach of the furbabies!

moosecraft said...

Great solution to the nutcracker quilt! It looks awesome as a wall hanging! The stockings are a happy display!

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

love all your decorations - a year since the earthquake wow - if I remember right you had a bit of damage - I hope for no more for you!

Mary said...

I love the way you decorate your home for Christmas. The stockings, garland and twinkle lights look great together. The nutcracker wall hanging is nice too.

Carole @ From My Carolina Home said...

Lovely! Great idea to make your nutcracker quilt usable again. Love the stockings, do you have to fill all of them?

Donna quilts said...

I just love your nutcracker quilt. So glad you are able to hang it and enjoy seeing it in your home. Your stockings looks great hanging from garland. Such fun to check out the details on each one.

Sally said...

I love seeing your have inspired me to get crackin' on my own stash of stockings. I finished the stocking that I had started the first of the year with and started and finished 4 more. I have started another and just might finish it before the end of 2019. That will make 6 finishes! All because of you! Thanks, Debbie.