Holidays and last finished quilt for 2021

Hi everyone! I don’t know where the time has gone, but Christmas is two days away! I’m the lady you see in the movies running around like a crazy person trying to get everything just right for the big day (and week). This will be a quick blog post, but I’ll be back to a normal schedule after the first of the year.

We have had a steady stream of children arriving home for the holidays, and by December 26, we’ll have the whole gang home. That’s seven adults and three small children in a 3 bedroom house. Our two granddaughters will sleep in a tent in our bedroom, Ben the youngest grandchild will be in a Pack’n Play in my sewing room, and the other kids will have to fight for a bed (someone has to sleep on the couch). This usually makes for the best memories, and hopefully we all still get along by the end of it all!

You know I hate to waste an opportunity to share pics of my grandchildren. We were in Austin three weeks ago to babysit, and I took this photo of the three of them on their back fence. Mr. Crafty Quilter was telling them a grand story and had their attention for a while. Ben will be two next week, Clara is 3 and Amelia is 6.

And I had their attention while we made yummy treats in the kitchen.

My last quilt finish for 2021 is my Red at Night 2 Block of the Month quilt. I absolutely love how this quilt turned out! I used Kismet Fabric by Sharon Holland for Art Gallery Fabrics and the dark background (also AGF) makes everything pop. The pattern design is by Bound to be Quilting and it’s really striking.

I hope your holidays are going smooth and stress free. I’m looking forward to spending lots of time with my family in the next week and a half. That’s what it’s all about – relationships, love, compassion and forgiveness; showing others we care and giving to those who are less fortunate.

I’ll be making some hot chocolate in a little bit to end the evening with. It’s from my recipe, Spicy Peppermint Hot Chocolate, and it’s perfect for the holidays. Merry Christmas to you and all the best for a wonderful New Year!

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  1. A lovely post. Relationships, love, compassion and forgiveness; showing others we care and giving to those who are less fortunate is what Christmas is all about and that is needed more than anything this year. A blessed Christmas and New Year to you all.

  2. Merry Christmas to you & your wonderful family. So glad everyone is together for the holidays to make those wonderful memories. Your adorable Grandies are growing so fast .. love seeing the pics. Also, Thank you for all you do for us sharing tips, techniques, tutorials and patterns. Blessings to all … PattiK

  3. Printing your Hot Chocolate recipe as I type. julie, your Christmas plans sound absolutely perfect, a house full of family!! Even after all these years, i still can’t get used to the idea of our family being so far away, in several different states. This year we also have a grandson finishing up bootcamp at Camp Pendleton in CA. He will graduate early January. I treasure past memories but will enjoy and celebrate with our small family here in TN. WI family will arrive here Dec. 26th. We will create and cherish new memories. Absolutely, Christmas is all about family, friends and cherished memories. ❤️ to all!!

  4. The grandkids are darling and the quilt is stunning. Enjoy the time with your family and have a Merry Christmas.

  5. Julie, thank you for sharing family stories. As a grandmother of three as well I love seeing the pictures of your grandkids. Enjoy your time with them and a very Merry Christmas.

  6. Julie,

    Merry Christmas to you and all of your lovely family. What I cherish so much is having all of my family together laughing, being silly, kidding each other and just sharing love. Enjoy your family!

  7. The pictures of the grandkids are priceless! ❤️
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and all the family.

  8. Some of my best memories are being at my grandmother’s with lots of folks & dogs and only one bathroom. My cousin & I still talk about it.

  9. Your grandchildren are darling and growing up so fast. I am sure they look forward to your visits!! You are so right about what Christmas is all about. Merriest Christmas to you and your family.

  10. OMG, those kids are growing like weeds, they are soooooooooo gorgeous.
    What a magnificent Quilt, love the colour combination .
    Julie: have a Merry Christmas y a very happy New Year, and thank U so much for all the Tips and useful info, and lovely patterns during the year. All helped during the Lockdown.

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