Sunday, November 15, 2020

Christmas quilts out early this year

This weekend I was seized by the desire to decorate for the holidays. I don’t usually pull out my Christmas decorations before Thanksgiving. But this year is different. We’ve had three snowfalls since the middle of October. Our extended families won’t be gathering for Thanksgiving due to the pandemic. I rarely leave the house anymore. I’m not whining or complaining, I’m just deciding to make the best of it and give myself a warm hug. As one of my Instagram friends said, “Bring on the merry!” That’s exactly what I decided to do all around the house, starting with our bedroom.


We don’t have a fancy bedroom. The carpet is worn and needs to be replaced.  The walls could seriously use a fresh coat of paint. Our furniture is over 25 years old and has survived five moves, as is evident by several nicks, dings and scratches. But the room is spacious and cozy at the same time. And when I add in three Christmas quilts and a few other seasonal touches, it becomes a wonderful haven.


I’ve never had twinkle lights in my bedroom before, but I certainly plan to do that from now on, and not just for the holidays.  Twinkle lights make everything better, don’t they?


Even my husband didn’t complain about my early jumpstart for the season. While I was bustling about the house putting up decorations, Brad was working outside, prepping his ice house for winter fishing. (If you curious about that, read this post from last year: Stitching while ice fishing.) It will be more than a month before our lake makes ice thick enough for safe fishing, but like me, Brad is ready to embrace the season. “Bring on the fish!”

I’m wishing you all peace, warm shelter, good health and happiness in the weeks to come. Sending a warm hug your way!

~Taunja

The scoop on the quilts:

On the bed: My new Buffalo Check Winter quilt pattern, featuring Winter White by Holly Taylor for Moda.

On the wall: A wall hanging I made in 2010 featuring the Fruitcake collection by BasicGrey for Moda.  The pattern is from the book Simply Charming Two by Moose on the Porch Quilts.

In the basket: My Star Crossed Pines pattern (runner version) featuring several holiday collections from Moda Fabrics.

 



18 comments:

  1. Love it! Just enough merry to make it festive! Stay warm and cozy!

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  2. Hi Taunja, we're on the same wavelength! I have such an urge to decorate lavishly this year! In fact, I've already started. It's going to be a different holiday but I still want the merry! Hugs back to you. :)

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    1. Oooooh . . . . lavish sounds lovely! I'm sure your family will love your efforts!

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  3. It's perfect! I love your Christmas quilts, as well as your twinkle lights. We brought the tree in this weekend and even with just the lights, it's festive and happy looking. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Oh I know what you mean. When we put up the tree before the decorations are added, I like to just look at it a day or two without all the baubles and stuff! So pretty with just the lights!

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  4. It does look like the perfect Christmas haven! I love that quilt on your bed!! And our bed was my husband's before we got married, and we've been married almost 35 years!! Yours looks great to me!! :-) Hugs, H

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    1. Thanks dear! You are always a day brightener person, Helen!

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  5. Everything looks so cozy, Taunja! I too love twinkle lights, (my granddaughter calls them Fairy lights). I tend to leave my Christmas tree up well into February - just so I can have some 'twinkle lights' burning on those dark mornings and evenings in the Winter months. Enjoy your beautiful Christmas decor.

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    1. That is a good, good plan, and I may do that too this year. It's going to be a long winter, so all the light we can get the better! Have a wonderful week!

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  6. What a lovely group of Christmas decorations you've brought out. It's not too early, especially since we are self-isolating...keeps our spirits uplifted. hugs, Julierose

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    1. Thanks so much! You keep your spirits up too! Take care!

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  7. Your room looks so festive and something I would see in a magazine! Happy Holidays!!

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    1. Well that's such a nice thing to say. I don't think it's quite magazine worthy, but I appreciate your kindness! Happy holidays to you as well!

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  8. Just beautiful. Made me think of a Christmas song "cause we need a little Christmas, just this very minute". Comfort and joy we are all seeking this year and you found it.

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  10. I love all 3 of your quilts. thanks for sharing photos and details. Your decorating is perfect to create a happy mood.

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  11. LOVE. LOVE. LOVE. your Buffalo Check Winter quilt!!!! Your bedroom looks so "merry"! HUGS... and stitches

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