Christmas, my child, is love in action.
Every time we love, every time we give, it's Christmas. ~Dale Evans
I am very excited to be part of Quilting Arts Holiday. My article shows you how to make the ornaments on the cover of the issue.
Most of my life, I have had a love affair with homemade ornaments. I am the youngest of five children and when my older sisters and brothers began to have children, I began making ornaments annually for my nieces and nephew. I always gave the ornaments at Thanksgiving dinner, so I have vivid memories of racing around Thanksgiving morning, sewing, gluing, painting the last bits of the ornaments.
I have such wonderful memories scouring the newsstands every year looking for holiday issues of magazines to come out to find the perfect annual ornament. I still have these old magazines and look through them each year.
When I was in college, my creative skills and my pocketbook were very limited and the ornaments showed these lackings; often, I did not even have enough money to make an extra ornament for me to keep. Here are some of my early ornaments:
1990: A gold lame angel (what was I thinking!?).
1991: Cinnamon stick painted Santa.
Then came the years that I could afford to make the ornaments, but I was working so many hours at my job, I looked for cute and simple.
2000: Snowman, Angel, Santa, Teddy Bear felt stuffies.
2001: Snowman, , Santa, Deer are made from muslin, stuffed, painted and then added rusted wings.
2002: A conical Santa (it was tough getting the beard/face detail on camera)
2005: A snowman made from vintage quilts.
2006: This ornament pattern was from an issue of Piecework magazine.
I also began to make to make bags to store the ornaments.
The other part of my homemade ornament love affair are the ones that were made for me.
These are some of the many homemade gifts that my college roommate (and still very dear friend), Maria, has made for me over the years.
One of my art doll friends made these Julie McCullough ornaments for a group of us.
This is an oldie, but goodie; I received this clothespin soldier when I was in college during a secret Santa exchange. I treasure it every year when I put it on the tree.
As I look back on all of the ornaments that I made, I am most proud that I created a tradition that went on for over 30 years. Each of my nieces and nephew received a box of 'Aunt Kathy' ornaments when they moved out of their parents' home; they talk about how much joy it brings when they decorate their trees annually.
Thanks for reading my blog today...I hope you enjoy Quilting Arts Holiday issue! Leave me a comment and I will pick a person to win these three fat quarters that I hand-dyed (2- cotton, 1-velvet). Check my blog Tuesday at 5 pm (EST) for the winner!