Monday, December 8, 2008

My Heart for a Panettone & a Holiday Quilt

***UPDATE: I forgot to mention to please visit Nanette over at Freda's Hive! She is having a terrific give-away for her one year blog anniversary!

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!

Here is a close-up of the backing...you can tell it has seen some good use!

8 comments:

vivian said...

love the holiday quilt. i have several bolts :-) of vienna nights this would be cute made of. also is your last name really squash? it's adorable either way.

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Well the quilt is lovely. It is fun to look back and see progress in our work. But you still get an A+ on it! I am getting tired of hearing about the economy and it's hit on Christmas. Yes I'm cutting back too but that doesn't mean we have to turn into scrooges! It just means we have to stretch what we have futher and further. Oh well! It isn't like our parents and grandparents didn't go through things like this. So I agree - the whole US needs to work a little harder on making things merry and bright.

Lisa D. said...

I love your Christmas quilt - it looks very cozy! I didn't realize we were practically neighbors - I live in Lynnwood and work in downtown Seattle. :)

CJ said...

I would have thought the Public Market would have been decked out for the holidays. Sad. :( But your quilt and lovely and I'll bet that bread is DELICIOUS!

Karen Dianne Lee said...

Good choice to keep it the way it is. I agree. What a FANTASTIC quilt. I liked clicking on the pics and seeing the upclose work. You did a great job, Candace.

NanaKaren said...

Hi there! I found your blog today and love it! The Christmas bed quilt is gorgeous as well as the other pictures.

Karen from MI

Karen said...

What a beautiful quilt!
Karen

Mel said...

Beautiful quilt! I love the colors and it looks so cozy!