Sunday, December 20, 2009

Christmas Preparations

How are your holiday preparations coming along? Is your Christmas shopping done? (Ours isn‘t) Got your tree up? (Nope) How about those exterior lights and flashy yard ornaments? (Never have, never will) Is your holiday menu planned? (Kind of) Are your Christmas cards in the mail? (Just)

No wonder my Santa has an anxious look on his face. He’s in panic mode!

Actually, our family is celebrating Christmas simply this year, with minimal decorating, minimal gift giving, minimal hassle, but maximum love! It just feels right.

As far as I’m concerned, this antique quilt is the only decoration we need to give the house a festive look. It dates from the mid 1800’s and is in pristine condition. You can still see faint pencil lines used to mark the quilting pattern, which in no way detracts from the tiny stitches, 12 to the inch.

The quilt maker chose solid colored fabrics in classic red and green for her seemingly simple star design. But look closer... 

The star blocks are quilted with parallel lines and a grid within each green square. Alternate muslin blocks are heavily quilted with a double clamshell design, showing the maker had amazing prowess with a needle.

I'd like to display this in our living room for Christmas. Does anyone have experience hanging a quilt from picture molding that's already attached to the wall?

Christmas blessings to you for the coming year.


  1. Merry Christmas to you and your family
    I LOVE this quilt, bet your not surprised by that.
    oh the red and green stars are perfect and well the quilting is amazing
    thanks for sharing :)
    its going into my inspiration file!

  2. I love this quilt so much for it's simplicity, colour and superb quilting. You are so lucky to have this stunner. Have a wonderful Christmas.

  3. that quilt is fabulous. truly a stunner. that Santa is wonderful too. i've given up on all sorts of my usual christmas activities this year - no time. I'm only giving gifts to my husband this year and at least that's done. whew. I adore you!!!!!

  4. Whoa. This is amazing and as I was reading and soaking this in I thought "Yes, this is exactly the type of quilt Diane would have." Not simply because it reflects your taste but because it's something you would have made back in the day! You had that certain type of character to take this one. Me? I'd have this quilt because it reflects my taste but I'd never had made it. I don't have that certain type of character.

  5. Beautiful quilt, love its simplicity,

  6. Absolutely gorgeous quilt! Can you imagine doing all that hand quilting? Hope you had a wonderful Xmas. And I hope you have a marvelous 2010!