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Wednesday, November 16, 2022

2022 Tree Parade! and NTT

Welcome to Needle and Thread Thursday, my friends!  I've gotten lots of sewing done this week.  In fact, three out of four of those memory quilts are completely quilted, and the last one is under my needle now.  I'm planning to finish quilting the last one this week, and then I'll have family in for Thanksgiving.  The bindings will have to wait until after Thanksgiving, but that's okay.  They'll still be delivered well before Christmas!

The other (bigger) undertaking this week has been decorating for Christmas.  As I mentioned, family will be arriving this weekend, and since I am hosting TWO parties the first weekend in December, if I waited until after Thanksgiving to decorate, I wouldn't have enough time to get it all done.  Last year I shared my four Christmas trees, but this year I added a fifth (I might have a bit of an obsession).

So, here they are!  My main tree is in our family room.  It's full of lots of pretty ornaments I've collected since my husband and I first got married, souvenir ornaments from vacations (you can see the wooden bison ornament from Yellowstone right there in front, just below the Merry Christmas sign), and even some ornaments that were on my mom's childhood tree-

My vintage aluminum tree is all decorated with a peppermint theme.  Because it's not safe to string electric lights on an aluminum tree, this one is lit with spotlights, and because of its construction, it can't support a topper.  That's okay though; I love it just the same.  This one lives in the corner of my dining room.

My LSU tree is in my breakfast area this year!  You may remember my Santa's Christmas Forest quilt I made last year, and in that post, I showed a photo of my family room looking into my kitchen.  Last year, you can see that my silver tree was in my breakfast area, and the LSU tree was in the dining room.  Well, this past year my husband and father-in-law built a pantry wall in my kitchen (the green cabinets), so I needed a slimmer tree in that corner, hence the switch.  

Here's the same view this year, and Santa's Christmas Forest is featured in my family room once again!

Next up is my Santa tree!  My mother-in-law loved Christmas and collected Santas.  In fact, she kept a few out year-round.  When she passed a few years ago, I inherited her collection of Santa ornaments, along with lots of other Christmas things, and since my main tree is so very full, I needed another tree to display all of them.  The flocked tree, plaid ribbon, galvanized tree collar, and colored lights give this one a rustic, old-fashioned vibe.

And finally, my newest tree is my icy Winter Wonderland tree!  I had a tight little space in my bedroom that was just begging for a little Christmas cheer.  I have a bright, colorful Anna Maria Horner quilt on my bed, so I knew I wanted the tree to be more subdued- all gold, silver, and white.

This is the slimmest tree I have, but I knew it had to be, or else it would stick out too far into the room and doorway.  It's a perfect fit for that little spot and I really love lying in bed and staring at it.  It's the first tree turned on in the morning, and the last to be switched off at night.  I decorate every room in my house for Christmas and it brings me so much joy (I wish I could share all of it here, but it is a LOT).  And I love having it up for a good long while before I have to put it all away again.

Last week's party was awesome, so let's get right to the highlights!  This absolutely gorgeous quilt is from Yvonne at Quilting Jetgirl.  She's hosting a quilt along for this quilt, so definitely check out her post!

This quilt by Sew Preeti Quilts is so pretty and with all that blue, it feels very wintry!

And speaking of winter, Deb at A Scrappy Quilter showed off these three quilts in a snowy setting!

And finally, I always love seeing quilters take one of my designs and make them their own.  In this case, Sandra from mmm quilts took the Up, Up, and Away pattern from my book Scrappy Improv Quilting  and expanded it into a lap size quilt.  I love it so much!

Week after week, y'all are just so awesome!  It's time to get to our party, but before we do, I want to let you know that NTT will be taking a break for Thanksgiving next week, BUT I will be posting on Black Friday, giving you the heads-up on all the best sales from my favorite shops.

Happy Thanksgiving, y'all!

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  1. Your Christmas trees look wonderful and I am smitten with your newest Icy Winter Wonderland tree, wow! Thank you so much for sharing about Diatom, I can't wait to start making the next version during the quilt along. Enjoy your family, have a very Happy Thanksgiving, and know that many of us in quilting blogland are very thankful for you. <3

  2. Is the Santa's Christmas Forest pattern your own? Where might I get that pattern?

  3. I don't have the interest or energy to decorate as much as I used to. We are doing good to get one tree, albeit it is a HUGE tree, up for just a few weeks. Yours all looke lovely. :)

  4. Your trees are all so fabulous.It is hard to choose a favorite . You have definitely been busy. Thank you for hosting the link party and have a very lovely weekend.

  5. Hi Kelly, you really love your Christmas decorations! They are lovely. Enjoy them while they are up. All the best, Andrée

  6. Oh, my! What a Christmas wonderland!!! I love seeing all your trees, Kelly!!!


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