Sanna's Bag

“I never seem to have what I need when I need it. I’m going to make a belt-bag that’s bigger on the inside than on the outside, and just carry everything with me.”

Saturday, December 17, 2011

another quilt finished

I've been working on this one, on and off, for a few months, here and there.  Using up scraps.  Mostly, it was constructed to use up scraps of batting and odds and ends of fabrics. here's the back - a bit scrappy, but not too bad.  The stripes seem to have been a curtain at one time, and the white is an old sheet.  It's so thin that the color of the patch on the other side shows through with a good light behind it.
 And here's what I consider to be the front.  It's not planned in any way, shape or form, but lordy it was fun to work on!  Very much crazy quilting without the pretty embroidery and beads. Brace yourselves, my friends.  You may be getting crazy quilt potholders next year.  This is just addictive stuff!
And here's a neighbor suffering from a different addiction.  They are addicted to inflatable yard decor. There's an inflatable creche, inflate-a-Santa, inflate-a-Grinch, inflate-a-santa in his workshop, and - that true icon of Christmas, an inflatable Winnie the Poo and Eeyore.  Just warms the cockles of your heart with the holiday spirit, doesn't it? Well, it must make someone happy or they wouldn't do it, so more power to them!  I saw a picture in today's paper of a yard decorated with Santa in a sleigh pulled by 8 pink flamingos.

I'm looking forward to driving around  in the dark tomorrow, enjoying the neighborhood displays of lights.  Some houses are dark and Scroogely, but some are lit up like Las Vegas.  Some houses have careful, well thought out arrangements,with green lights on the bushes, red lights on the trees, white icicle lights hanging on the eves, and illuminated snowflakes on sticks along the walk.  Other houses look like someone sort of threw the lights at the house, and wherever they stuck, it was good.  All sizes, colors and varieties, sort of plugged in, one to the next, and draped wherever gravity will hold 'em.  I do love the lights this time of year.  Even the stop-lights blink a bright red and green.

December is usually the wettest month of the year.  It looks like being the driest month of the year and is already the driest December on record.  There have been days when the sun shone full and bright from a cloudless sky, and the shadows went clawing their way due north at noon.  Most peculiar!


  • At 6:47 PM , Anonymous Lisa Nowak said...

    This weather is too weird for me.

    If you go to the big light display on Webster, one house has pink flamingo with Santa hats. Over a dozen. There's a neighborhood off Oatfield in Gladstone that has some nice displays, too. There are these new LED icicles and Christmas trees this year that are really cool.

  • At 8:14 PM , Blogger Rose Lefebvre said...

    I went one year and strolled along Peacock Lane. The displays were lovely!
    The Queen Ann Victorian Mansion and grounds decorated with a million (or more) lights is gorgeous!

  • At 7:06 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Thanks, R. For the show of beautiful quilts and puffed up statues. Does it look like a bunch of deflated drunks laying in the yard when they're turned off?

  • At 8:14 PM , Blogger Willow said...

    Yeah, as addictions go, the inflatible Christmas deco is not particularly destructive except on the pocket book.

    Lovely quilt front! Even I love the serendipity of a crazy quilt :)

  • At 4:26 AM , Anonymous Benita said...

    What a happy quilt! I love the really colorful side with its wacky patterning.

  • At 4:49 AM , Blogger Donna Lee said...

    We are having a rather warmish December (not that my heating bills mind!).

    I love Christmas lights. We have some neighbors with a tiny patch of land out front which is covered in lights and inflatable things. It looks very busy. Then we have a neighbor who has bought every strand of white lights in the store and whose house is a true wonderland. I can't imagine his electric bills.

    We fall somewhere in the middle with lights on the windows and a wreath but Pk has plans for next year which will necessitate renting a large ladder.

  • At 5:49 AM , Blogger KnitTech said...

    Your quilts are just amazing.

  • At 1:50 PM , Blogger Lyssa said...

    I love the crazy quilt! Just the sort of cheerful brightness we need this time of year.

    We have a neighbor with the inflatable fever too...but he only turns them on in the evening, so during the daytime his yard is full of pathetic flat santas.

  • At 12:25 PM , Blogger mplanck said...

    Beautiful quilt, Roxie! As for outdoor holiday decorations, I fear we fall into the "Scroogly" category. But we love seeing the festive displays of more enthusiastic Christmas lovers. Long may they prosper. Alice

  • At 1:42 PM , Blogger Amy Lane said...

    I know-- we're having a COLD December, but a dry one. I love watching what you do with your random, whimsical mind-- pretty quilts, baby, and I know they will be very appreciated.


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