Fun on Christmas Day….

How was your Christmas Day?

Because our kids come to celebrate on Christmas Eve….

….. it means that Christmas itself is a relaxing and fun day, culminating with Chinese food for dinner…..

After a slow and luxurious start, Michael headed for his man cave and I climbed the stairs to my studio!! The rest of the day was spent with this as my view…..

…..as I worked to finish the quilting on the “Crumbs for the Geese” quilt.

I spent a few minutes trying out my new cordless iron that Jenny (my daughter) gave to me…..

It gets really hot and will be a great asset to the studio. I just have to learn to put it into the holder rather than just standing it up on the ironing board.

One of the gifts that my Daughter-In-Law (Amber) gave to me was a coloring book that was hand drawn on watercolor paper. Since I have been planning to do some playing with watercolors, I decided that this was the place to start. It was fun to try out a new and different medium…..

Trees of a different kind

Since Christmas is upon us, here is a small quilt that I made many years ago for some wonderful friends……

Made entirely of scraps and miscellaneous tree patterns, it was so much fun to make and I am seriously considering making another one….maybe bigger with LOTS more tree designs!!

If I did two trees a month, I could have a GREAT quilt at the end…..hmmmm….something to think about….maybe even as a quilt-a-long????

Finishing the Christmas Trees…

I was determined to have these trees finished in time to decorate for Christmas and it happened….

I am super pleased with how they look!!

But, the last time you saw them they were in lots of pieces so let’s talk about how they got from there to here….

I finished the paper piecing and was ready to add the borders. I trimmed down the entire tree leaving a 1/4 inch seam allowance around the pattern lines. Then, I removed the paper just along the edges….

That way the edges were free of paper but the rest of the piece stayed stabilized.

After adding the borders it was time to remove the rest of the paper and I found a new tool while doing it. I normally used a seam ripper to help get under the paper…..

…but was always concerned that I would accidentally clip the threads or, even worse, cut a hole in the fabric!!

Then I remembered my “Purple Thing”!! It was perfect for this task…..

Another reason why I am not fond of paper piecing….

Now it was time to think about quilting. I tried a few designs on paper…..

…but decided that I wanted to see it in the real size.

You may be tired of videos but I wanted to share one more that shows how I planned the quilting and then how easy it was to actually perform the design…..

I kept the rest of the quilting really simple and am especially happy with the striped binding…..

One looks longer than the other but I promise that they are the same size!!!!

Another project finished…….

Crazy Arnold Christmas

As I mentioned back at Thanksgiving, our family has never been “normal” when it comes to celebrations, but we all love to laugh and have fun and that is the theme of this post!!!

In the last few years we have celebrated with our children on Christmas Eve, leaving Christmas Day for the kids to visit with their spouse’s family. This past celebration was a blast and I wanted to share a bit of the fun with you.

This was the year of the “payback”…..let me explain. For MANY years I have made our kids play games and have contests to get their presents. They have had to pop balloons to get cash out of them, unwrap $5 bills that had been ensconced in toilet paper rolls and even solve a puzzle to open the bank that held their gift.

Each year we hide a “cactus” ornament (as opposed to a pickle) and the winner gets to unwrap a game of some sort and then they play…..for money of course!!! This year was a slapping game and the results were spectacular……

Then, the guys received a boxing “training ball” as a gag gift and we all trooped outside to watch them train…..

Now it was time for payback…..in a big way……

Our sweet kids gave us a Gift Certificate to spend a weekend at a favorite spot. It was SO unexpected and we are looking forward to a weekend away in the near future!!!

The fun continued for the rest of the evening, with Mexican Chicken Spaghetti for dinner and, of course, the opening of lots of presents…..

…..and the annual Christmas family photo……

Christmas day was a quiet affair starting with a morning walk, including a neighborhood trail that I haven’t been on in the 7+ years that we have lived here…..

The morning continued by doing a bit of stitching and watching a great Christmas movie……”DIE HARD”!!!!!!…….

…..lunch from a local Chinese restaurant……

….and ending the day in my studio, enjoying some of my gifts……

As you can see, I have LOTS of things to try in the new year!!

All in all, it was a WONDERFUL holiday!!!! I hope that you also enjoyed a very……