Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas!
Another reason I’m calling this the Year of the Nostalgic Christmas is Abraham Lincoln. Not the president, really, but the children’s picture book from 1939.
When I was very young, the library at St. John’s Lutheran School had a copy of this book, and I checked it out often. I couldn’t get enough of the illustrations. I didn’t know that the book was by sophisticated artists who had won the Caldecott Medal in 1940.
I’m calling 2018 the Year of the Nostalgic Christmas. Everywhere I turn, I’m swept up in memories of my childhood Christmases. They’ve pressed down on me so frequently and with such ferocity that I’ve been finding the items in thrift stores, antique shops and online auctions. Most of the time, I wasn’t even looking for them.
When I around four or five, all I wanted in life was a Chatty Cathy. You may remember from the early 1960s that she was a talking doll with a sweet face, and you could get extra outfits for her. If I could have only one Christmas present that year, then fine, as long as it was a Chatty Cathy. Nothing else mattered.
I’ve been working on a new holiday quilt called Christmas Figs. It’s been so much fun!
The folks at Fat Quarter Shop sent me a review copy of the Christmas Figs book, and I could not wait to dive in.
If you’re a quilter and you’re online, you’re likely aware of the recent kickoff of the annual Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt.
I always enjoy the Quiltville Mystery, even when I don’t participate.
Handi Quilter is inviting owners of their longarm and sit-down quilting machines to take part in an upcoming marketing campaign: AND I QUILT! Here’s the scoop directly from Handi Quilter:
Are you a Handi Quilter owner with a story to tell?
We know you love quilting, but tell us the rest of your story (and let us share it with other quilters).
I am a teacher. I am a gardener. AND I QUILT!
I am a soldier. I am an aunt. AND I QUILT!
I am a knitter. I am a doctor. AND I QUILT!
Submit a short, three-minute video to introduce yourself with these words: “I am a ____________, I am a ____________, AND I QUILT.”
Then show us! We’d love to see you in your creative space with your HQ machine (and your quilts, too!)!
Video Requirements: Three minutes or less
Video must show both you and your HQ machine and must refer to your other two descriptors.
All submissions are due by January 18, 2019.
Visit the AND I QUILT page for more details.
Today’s feature is a guest post by my friend Donna di Natale. She’s a quilter and author with Nebraska roots. After retiring from the medical field, Donna was an editor for Kansas City Star Quilts. She lives in Lenexa, Kansas and enjoys history, antiques and vintage quilt treasures.
During a recent visit to Hamilton, Missouri (mecca for quilters), I stopped at a small antique shop called Junke and Disorderly. With a name like that, the shop had to contain hidden treasures, right?
Upon entering the shop one has the impression that it might have been a home. There are small rooms leading to other small and even smaller rooms. This seems odd because from the outside it looks like any other turn of the century brick storefront. Perhaps the front room was a shop and the back was living quarters. But that’s a story for another time.
I have been trying to write this post for a week. I can’t put my finger on what it is I want to say.
The family of a recently deceased guild member invited us into her home last week to shop her fabric stash. Two dollars a pound. I keep trying to find words for how this made me feel. I don’t seem to have the words.
Exciting news today! I’d like to invite you to the Stash Bandit Mountain Quilt Retreat in Buena Vista, Colorado from March 14 to 17, 2019. We’ll be at The Lodge at Buena Vista, where the views are amazing and the food is spectacular!
I’ve come up with what I think will be the best of both worlds:
I’m not the least bit Scandinavian, so when cute little creatures called “tomten” started appearing in my Instagram feed last year, I had to Google.
It turns out they’re a little bit like gnomes. From Wikipedia:
A…tomte…is a mythological creature from Nordic folklore…typically associated with the winter solstice and the Christmas season.