Friday, December 8, 2017

Parties and a Merry and Bright PIllow

I've had a party kind of week since last Friday. One quilting group I belong to had their Christmas party and gift exchange on Sunday. Because we have a large group, a meeting place is a problem. So we make our regular sewing place work, even for a party. We meet in the assembly room of a local retirement center. It is big enough for most of us to bring machines and there are always residents popping in to "see what you're doing". 

This year the committee had a great party planned. The tables were set when we got there. We "carry-in",  so the food was great and in abundance. 

Each place setting had 2 coordinating plates and napkins. The plasticware holders were "in the hoop" embroidered snowmen. Complete with scarf and black sparkly top hat. A Snowman Hot Chocolate kit was at each place too Also a calendar for the year and a Hallmark Date Book, donated by our local Hallmark store.  We have an on-going challenge to spend " at least 10 minutes" per day in our sewing room. Those of us who are retired have no problem with that, but many of our members are still 'working girls'. 

The tree was decorated by the facility and we placed all our exchange gifts around it. As you can see the food tables were heavy laden and "yummy" by the way. 

There was tons of visiting before the festivities began. 

Wednesday, another group I sew with had there regular sew-along and we shared food galore again, at this same facility. Primrose Retirement Community is really good to us quilters. I didn't get pictures of that celebration, but a few members were generous with gifts for each of us. 

This cute little square of folded scrapbook paper was made by my friend Diana. 

The folded square opens up to become the star seen above. There were also a set of holiday coasters with a handmade balsa wood feather and a bag of holiday chocolates!

In between all the partying, I managed to start and finish this cute little cushion cover. The pattern was offered on Amy Sinibaldi's blog - nanaCompany.  It's called the Merry and Bright Cushion cover and the downloadable pattern is free on her site. Just scroll way down on the left to find her tutorials. Or click the link above. 

Amy did hers in softer colors with a crocheted trimming. I used what I had in my stash and added red rick rack. I love it. The back is an envelope closure with light gold fabric with Christmas phrases on it. One of my favorite pieces in my stash. 

Can you read them?    Better Not Cry,   For Goodness Sake,  Santa's Coming and some others. 

So that is my finish for this week. The decorating of our house is as good as it gets. No real tree, but lots of quilts, wall hangings, table toppers and such. 

I'm linking up with Finish It Up Friday and Finished Or Not Friday. 

Hope everyone is having a great week and getting in the Christmas spirit!

And for friends in other countries or of other faiths, Happy Holidays to you. 

Stay Busy and Stay Happy


  1. What a fun party with your quilting group! Were having our guild party tomorrow and it is always so much fun!

    1. Hope you enjoy your festivities too. Merry Christmas!

  2. Hi Judy,
    What wonderful gatherings you had this week. It is so nice to get to spend some time with your friends, chatting, eating and exchanging gifts. ~smile~ Roseanne

    1. The chatting and the food seem to be the focus for us. It's fun to see the creative gifts that appear too. Merry Christmas to you!

  3. What a lovely gathering! Those gifts are so creative, and love the cushion! xx

  4. How nice of you to share your gathering. Looks like fun. Sadly our guild's meeting was cancel due to some conflict at the senior center no one caught. Thank you for the link to the cushion, too. Merry Christmas.