This weekend Mr. Squash and I ventured out to find some holiday cheer. Saturday we went to a town near us that is filled with antique stores. We thought we would hit all of the antique furniture stores to see if we could find a Kitchen Queen for the Squash House kitchen. We didn’t find one, nor did we find much in the way of holiday cheer. There was a notable lack of holiday decorations on the street and in the shops. We appeased ourselves with freshly baked Snickerdoodles from the local bakery and went home otherwise empty-handed.
Sunday we had brunch in the Pike Place Market in Seattle with a very good friend. After brunch, Mr. Squash and I decided to walk into the market, again looking for holiday cheer. My family’s U.S. history began in the Public Market as we locals call it. Some of my maternal ancestors had stalls in the market, most notably my grandmother who was a tailor and in later years, one of my fraternal cousins was actually director of the Market Authority. I’ve been going there since I was a little girl. While there have been many changes, I never tire of buying from all the various local vendors and now crafters. We headed for our favorite shop in the Market - an Italian grocery. Mr. Squash always springs for something unexpected and sometimes extravagant during the holidays. Here is his purchase - imported from Italy, very expensive and oh - so- scrumptious!! Hmmm...do you see a theme here - holiday cheer in the form of food - you betcha!
By the way, we found even less holiday cheer and decorations at the Market. It’s a shame that our economic times can have such a negative effect even on Christmas!
I also got out one of my holiday quilts. I made this one several years ago - one of my first bed-sized quilts. The only quilting I did was to stitch in all the ditches because at that point I was still too intimidated to try anything more. I’ve come a long way since then, and can’t imagine doing a quilt this large now without some really great quilting! I haven’t had it out for a couple of years and knew it needed to be washed, so that is why it’s so wrinkled. I backed it with flannel and used Warm & Natural for the batting. I thought about taking it back to the studio and adding some quilting, but after washing it, I decided I might wind up with too many puckers and ruin it. No matter - I really love it the way it is!