Friday, December 19, 2008

Holiday Photos Of Christmas Past

These are photos from last year but I did want to share something for the holiday. There isn't as much out this year since I'd been gone the majority of it.

This little tree sits in what I call my internet cafe. My internet cafe is actually supposed to be the formal dining area. The area is anything but formal since I love the old look! I made the rip-rag garland many years ago and the tree skirt is a pattern from Fig Tree I believe. There are also cookie cutters for ornaments. The tree has been through many Christmas' and is due for a replacement this next year.

Rip-rag garland is easy enough to make. Cut rectangles of a variety of scraps about 3 x 5 (this actually depends on the look you want). You'll need ALOT and even more the larger the tree. Using stacks of 3 rectangles, center a long line of jute, twine or something similiar down the center and zig-zag stitch the jute to the fabric.....just keep on stitching. Again, the larger the tree the longer this will be. You may want to start wrapping this long length onto something so it does not tangle and knot. Next step can be a messy and lengthy one....remember the key word is "rip-rag" garland. Now you will tear each fabric towards the zig zag stitch on the jute and fluff up the rips. To store it I wrap it around an empty fabric bolt.

Another one of my favorite quilts is this Christmas Ribbons table topper.
A few more decorations.....

A view of my living room from the front door entry. I made the holiday stockings many Christmas' ago. I wanted to be sure the boys had something hand made from me that they would remember using while growing up.


mau said...

How warm that picture looked with the quilt draped over the sofa. Happy Holidays to you and your family.

Libby said...

Looks very inviting . . . . I bet you are one of Santa's early stops *s*

Carrie P. said...

Thanks for sharing your decorations. They are lovely. I really like the tablerunner.

Gypsy Quilter said...

Everything looks so cozy and Christmasy.

Wendy said...

OMG Mary, I can't believe it! I was looking yesterday at some of my kits that are not done, I found the Fig Tree skirt with pattern and fabric, I so wanted to make this one and there you have it all done. Your living room looks so warm and welcoming. Do you know the name of the paint colour? I've also made a rag garland as well.

Carrie ~ Cricketwood Prims and Gardens said...

Love your Quilted Christmas decorations. They are lovely....Christmas Blessings.
Hugs, Carrie

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Red Geranium Cottage said...

What a warm house. I love all your decorating!!! The tree skirt is great.

Karen said...

Wonderful holiday decorations. Merry Christmas!

Karen said...

I am going through some of your past posts. I think the Christmas tree skirt is very striking!

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