Thursday, December 8, 2011

What I've been up to this week...

The Christmas Zigzag quilt is still in process. When I posted a picture last week, it was not yet bound. So I made bias binding with striped fabric and sewed it down. I love how it looks! I must finish hand stitching the binding to the back.

This is Juliet. Apparently she canNOT travel to the Midwest for Christmas without a pretty red jacket, so I sewed one up for her! I used gaberdine (it was the right color) and boy, does it ravel! I don't have a serger; instead I zig zag stitched around every piece before assembling the garment. Juliet is now safe from having loose threads tickling her tender skin.

 Daughter and I stopped at Goodwill today. I found a few more carolers for my (Christmas) collection! Poor ladies, the wind is really blowing their dresses. And the gentleman must be chilly for he hugs his arms to his chest! They look so vintage!
 I also found three Christmasy dinner plates. I don't have Christmas china, but I always thought it would be fun to have some special dinnerware to use during the month of December. There are sooo many patterns out there, and most are just not my style. But when I saw these...and only $.99 each...I fell in love. Who can resist birds and holly?!!!
 Of course when I got home, I went online to Replacements, curious to see if they carried this line of china. Yes, they did have one plate, and they want $11.99 (plus S&H) for it. Nope, there are three in my family, and three is all I need. If company comes over during the holiday season, we will just use the regular good dishes!

Here is our traditional Gingerbread House for this year. Daughter and Daddy decorate one every year. I must say, this year they outdid themselves! It turned out just beautiful!
 Even the backside is looking festive!

I am linking up with Susan and the Little Green Quilter's Update at http://www.blackberrycreek.typepad.com/ 

3 comments:

Mrs. JP said...

Wow,,,this post is filled w/ Christmas goodies. Your quilt binding is lovely as are your super cool Goodwill finds!

Barbara Anne said...

You certainly found the perfect happy fabric to use for your quilt binding!! Love the quilt, too.

Well done on the jacket for Juliet, your lovely new-to-you carolers, and the impressive and friendly gingerbread house.

Hope you'll check eBay and etsy to see if more of your new plates are available at reasonable cost. It might be nice to have bowls, salad plates, and mugs, even it is 3 of each!

Happy Holidays!

Debra Spincic said...

Nice score at Goodwill. I really like the little vintage carolers.

You could always just start a collection of all kinds of Christmas dishes--maybe with a bird theme.