Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Merry Christmas and A Happy New year!


Hey friends, ready for a quick tour around my home for the holidays? Christmas is just a few days away! 

This is one of my favorite quilts. I made 2 or 3 blocks a month starting in January a few years ago and in the fall my quilt top was ready to quilt. I had it on display that Christmas. It is on my bed this year and I love it. Not all the blocks are the same, but that is what makes it so fun and quirky!
Here is my other favorite quilt.  (I took these after the sun went down, sorry for the poor lighting)
Here is my entryway. 



A vintage Santa suit that my FIL wore when his kids were little.







My new Danish Maileg mice. I adore all things Maileg!
This is a tiny creche, one of many I have.

It's a been a difficult December. My stepmom died the same day my friend, Carol, died. She hadn't even been sick, just died sitting in her recliner. 
And then Monday we had another serious accident a few miles outside of town that took the life of a dad and 10 year year old son. The wife and daughter are in the hospital. Their lives will forever be changed and Christmas will always have the cloud of their death surrounding it. Hold your loved ones a little closer and always remember to tell others that you love them. Never take a day for granted. 
Here's my Instagram feed for the week. 

I'm going to sign off my blog until the new year. Let's plan on showing our completed Porch quilt top on January 2nd. (Ill give a reminder on Facebook) 
 Elsa says Merry Christmas!

And Porter says Happy New Year!

Thank you all for your comments, encouragement, swaps, and following the sewalongs. I appreciate you all so much and you make my life much richer!

43 comments:

  1. Thank you for all the wonderful pictures, quilt ideas, sew alongs and the pictures of your beautiful home. I see so many of your quilts that are on my "'to do list". Thank you for sharing.
    MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR. See you next year.

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  2. I enjoyed seeing your Christmas quilts and decorations! What an inviting home you have. Thanks for sharing! Your blog is a joyful part of my days. Merry Christmas!

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  3. Condolences and may your heart bedome peaceful on the loss of your friend and step mom. It is hard, but made worse when our loss is at this time of year. Would love to know where to find the designs used in your twelve days of Christmas quilt. The vintage Santa costume is priceless. May your Christmas be a blessing and may your New Year bring joy.

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    1. Hi Carla, that is designed by Cheri Payne - http://quiltsbycheri.com/

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  4. And you make our lives so much richer! Thank you! You are so real, no pretense.
    Condolences on your losses and may you find peace and meaning in the season. I will miss you in the mornings but I'm glad you're taking a few days off.
    Thanks for the lovely tour!

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  5. My heart breaks for you - losing your step mom and close friend. It's never a good time for that to happen, but when it happens during the holidays it makes the pain that much more difficult to bear. I'm wishing you peace and hoping you'll find joy your memories of your loved ones. Your quilts are beautiful. My favorite is the little red and white one hanging by the stairs. That whole vignette with the stocking cap and little red chair just makes me smile. Hugs to you.

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  6. Love your house photos, especially the first two large quilts. The Santa suit is precious. Enjoy the rest of the year with family and friends.

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  7. Love your decorations and those two tiny quilts! Like I said last night, so thankful for you and our friendship. Enjoy your holidays, be safe and stay off the roads. The accidents just are awful and another last night.

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  8. What a fun tour! I love all of your quilts, but really like that little basket pillow sitting on your stack of red/white quilts! Makes me want to go stitch one up, but I need to stay on task! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours! Wendy at piecefulthoughts@gmail.com

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  9. Enjoyed seeing your home and your wonderful quilts. I am hoping to get mine done this year, so I will start now and hopefully I will have them all done by next year.

    Debbie

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  10. You definitely have the Christmas spirit! Wow!

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  11. Those mice are pretty cute--I can see why you are collecting them! Merry Christmas!

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  12. I love all your wonderful pictures! Merry Christmas! Hugs

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  13. I love ALL of your wonderful quilts !
    I knew for your dear friend Carol but i'm so sorry for the others tragedies. ...I'sending to you all my thoughts and prayers Lori with lots of kisses....

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  14. What a special Santa suit. So many memories! I am sorry to hear about your step mom and friend. Hugs

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  15. Merry Christmas Lori! Love that Santa sitting on the pile of quilts, did you make him! Enjoy the day with family and friendS

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  17. Thank you for sharing your wonderful Christmas quilts and home. My sympathy for your losses of stepmom and friend. I know how that makes the holidays bittersweet. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  18. Always a treat to see your home dressed for the holidays, Lori.
    There has been much sadness for you recently. I have a friend whose favorite grandma died on Christmas years ago and she hasn't enjoyed the holiday since. On the other hand, DH has an aunt that died just before Christmas a few years ago. She had loved all things Christmas. Her daughter still loves the holiday because she knows that is what her Mom would want, and because the holiday honors the birth of Him whose life and death makes it possible for her to see her Mom again someday. That is the attitude I hope I can adopt if sadness touches my life at this time of year in the future.
    Merry Christmas to you!

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  19. Lori, you always do such a nice job of decorating for the seasons. And your Christmas quilts and decor are just wonderful. I'm sorry to learn of your step-mom's death and your friend's as well. I hope you are able to enjoy some holiday spirit and look forward to a wonderful 2017. Much love and hugs coming your way!

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  20. What a splendid holiday treat to see all your wonderful quilts in such a lovely setting. I am so sorry to hear of the loss of dear ones. It is especially hard during the holidays, but I hope you will be able to celebrate with fond memories. And, yes I will hold my loved ones tightly this Christmas. I wish you and your family the very best for 2017! God Jul!

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  21. Lori, it has been something special to know you and be part of your journey, even if online.
    Thank you for share your home and wonderful quilts with us, I would like to make some of them to decorate my home.
    I'm sorry for the loss of your stepmom and friend Carol, we have the hope to see them again, someday.
    I wish you merry Christmas and happy new year! God bless you!
    Hugs from italy

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  22. You have 2 red chairs!! I think I'm going to need one soon :0) Your quilts look beautiful displayed all through your house! I'm sorry there will be sadness mixed in with your celebrating this year. Sending hugs. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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  23. Sweet sweet pics! I am so sorry for your losses. Yes, it can be a bittersweet time. Blessings to you and yours.

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  24. I love the wallhanging that says "Let It Snow"! Is that a Country Threads pattern? Where can I find it? Thanks!

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    1. Yes, it is by Country Threads and is called Wear warm Clothes. I'd do a google search.

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  25. Lori tus edredones son maravillosos
    no se cual elegir todos me gustan,
    siento la perdida de tus seres queridos !!!
    saludos

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  26. I always love to see how everyone decorate their homes for the holidays. The Vintage Santa suit is so special to have. Your quiltss are truly lovely. Merry Christmas to you and your family as well.

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  27. Your Christmas quilts are all so beautiful! I loved seeing your home and tree and your tiny elves [we call them tomtees?] and the new mousies. Porter and Elsa are delightful, they seem to love your wintery weather and snow. Thank you for a lovely holiday post.

    Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, Lori!

    love

    lizzy

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  28. Thank you for sharing your beautiful pictures. Your home has a very warm feeling with all the wounderful quilts you made. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to you & your family.

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  29. The red, green, and cheddar quilt is one I never get tired of seeing pictures of.

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  30. oh Lori, it's a sad end of this year. I hope you a merry Christams to you and your family!

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  31. Thanks, Lori, for sharing pics of your beautifully decorated home. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and fond memories :)

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  32. Your home looks lovely. May you enjoy a peaceful, joyful, family-filled Christmas!

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  33. I has been very difficult for you. So sorry to hear of your losses. I love all your Christmas decorations! After seeing your Pomegranate quilt a few years ago, I got the book with the pattern and hope to make it some day. There are lots of other neat Christmas decorations in that book too that I would like to make. Love to you and your family this Christmas!

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  34. Thanks for sharing! I love that Pomegranite Christmas quilt with the quirky blocks. All your red and white makes me think I need to make me a couple more holiday quilts.:)

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  35. Lori,I love your decorations and quilts. I whish a Merry Christmas for you and your family!

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  36. Always love seeing your holiday quilts--well, any of your quilts actually! Many Christmas blessings are wished for you and yours!

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  37. Christmas blessings to you and yours. Thank you for your lovely blog - you make ours lives richer too.

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  38. Merry Christmas Lori! Wishing you and yours a lovely day filled with love, joy and fond memories. Thank you for all the love you share in what you do!

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  39. Thank you for sharing photos of your beautiful home. It certainly reflects the joy in your heart. Blessings to you & yours!

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  40. Thank you for sharing photos of your beautiful home. It certainly reflects the joy in your heart. Blessings to you & yours!

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  41. everything looks so festive. Love that santa suit!
    xo

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