Here are a bunch of hearts I just finished. These are really easy to make, but it can be addictive. They look great together don't they? Sadly they will have to be separate and each goes their own way.
Stockings I made a couple of years ago. I had a lot of fun making them. I hand embroidered and hand quilted the front part of them and just left the back plain. In past years I hung them on door handles, but this year I thought I would hang them from the top of the hutch.
This group of soft sculptures are at least 15 years old (my pre-Internet era). They still look in mint condition. I feel that Christmas decorations don't get used much except when you unpack and repack them. These guys are really cute. If I remember, I stuff them with dried chick peas. I have no idea where I got the patterns from.
The whole view of the hutch with some decorations. The stockings, Santas and mixture of stuff on top of the hutch. In the foreground is our main dinning table. My theme color this year is antique red, the traditional Christmas color. I found just the right red silk roses on Saturday. They are perfect for the table setting. They can be used again during the year too.
Here is the full view of the leaf quilt. Some of you remarked about it on my last post so I thought I would show it to you in full. The story behind this quilt starts when we travelled through the USA starting from Boston, NY, Pennsylvania, Worthington DC and Florida in early Fall one year. The leaves were starting to turn yellow and gold when we were there. I started collecting some leaves and stored them in my quilting book I bought there. When we visited Lancaster in PA I bought some fabric from there in green, gold and tan. I thought about making a log-cabin quilt with the fabric which I did that when I got back home. The log-cabin looked too plain so I decided to use all the leaves I collected for templates and appliqué them on the center of each block and the border. After that I was happy with the quilt. I used my hand dyed fabrics for the leaves.
I bet you are all busy with Christmas preparations. I'm posting off some presents this week and then last minute shopping and baking on that last week leading to Christmas. I have 12 days off from work which is fantastic. Our DGD's first Christmas this year and I'm so looking forward to having her over. I haven't made her stocking yet. Still thinking about it.