Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas!

 Our family celebrates the true meaning of Christmas as the birth of Jesus Christ; God's  Only Son coming to earth in the form of man to be our Savior. What a reason for rejoicing! What a Gift! 
 Since gift giving is something that I love to do, I also enjoy the idea of the thoughtful giving of gifts to others during this season.  When our children were young, we did not try to make them believe in a real Santa Claus who brought them all the toys under the tree.  We did, however, tell them how much fun it was to pretend there was a jolly old elf who might fly through the sky on a sled pulled by reindeer. I also hang stockings on the fireplace and have quilts with St. Nick as the focus! 
So, with Santa's help, I want to wish you a very Merry Christmas from my house to yours!
I'm pretty proud of this quilt, mainly because I had to use math to complete it!  I made the blocks over several years, finishing it in 1998. My friend, Susan, and I would get together on a regular basis and sew. I always call her the Pattern Queen, as she has a huge supply of patterns, with Christmas themes being no exception. The assortment of Santas in this quilt were part of her collection.
I remember that the guy on the right was called The Lean Mean Giving Machine!  I don't recall the name of the chubby one on the left, but his outfit looks a lot like a bathrobe don't you think?! Getting all of these Kris Kringles together into one quilt was my first experience with using filler blocks and creating my own layout.  I realize that it stretches the creative muscles! That's good and I keep trying to stretch it even more!
It's always fun to sleep under the Santa quilt from Thanksgiving to New Year's Day or so......
Perhaps it helps with getting those visions of sugarplums to dance in our heads!

                                           Merry Christmas from my house to yours!


  1. Your Santa quilt is wonderful! I used to have a collection of Santas but only ever made one of them. I was going to do something similar to your quilt. Glad to see you put your friend's patterns to work.

  2. The happiest of Christmases to you too, Carla. I'm so glad you've met my lovely friend Linda, and I'm enjoying reading your blog too!

  3. Wonderful quilt! Although I have a quilt for the living room maybe I should make a big one for our bed. Congrats on being so creative. Merry Christmas.

  4. What a cute family picture!
    Merry Christmas to all of you.

  5. That's such a pretty Christmas quilt, but the photo is THE BEST! It's a wonderful picture of the two of you and your six grandchildren. Love it! Merry Christmas!

  6. What a beautiful quilt! Merry Christmas to you too!

  7. Someday we need to get our families together!! What cute grandkids you have. Great picture. We are being blessed with two more grandkids in 2011. What a blessing they are. Merry Christmas to you all!!!

  8. Carla, what a great quilt!!! Your family picture is so good, your grands are adorable!! And I join you in celebrating the true reason for the season. Hope you all had a very Merry Christmas.