Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Christmas Recap.........

Hey Everybody!

I surely hope you all enjoyed your Christmas as much as me and my family did!

Come along with me as I recap!

I feel so blessed to be able to go home to such wonderful parents.
The girls LOVE going to Grandma and Grandpas too!

Christmas Eve found us reading the Christmas story
at my sister's home.

We had a traditional Italian Christmas Eve dinner courtesy
of my friend Mike.  He loves sharing this with our family,
and we LOVE eating it!
Here he is cooking up the flounder, shrimp, and scallops!

My dad practically dove into the mounds of seafood!

Santa found Mom's and Dad's stockings!
He also found Sophia's and Gracie Lu's......
but, there was no chance of getting clear photos of 
those little girls with their new Christmas treats
and toys!

We woke up and went to church and then came back
to a delicious Christmas dinner my mom prepared.
Christmas ham, deviled eggs, broccoli and cheese casserole,
mashed potatoes, mac-n-cheese, rolls, 
my chicken and dumplings, and a delicious salad my sister made.
For dessert we had my mom's cherry streudle,
and my sister made her famous Red Velvet Cake.
(See how my brother in law photo bombed this pic???)


it was time to open some gifts!

I must warn you, I am going to be showing some
pretty hilarious photos.........
In the spirit of full disclosure,
if you are offended by practical jokes....
you probably don't want to read any further!

You also may want to put your cuppa down,
and not eat anything......
I don't want you to choke from laughter!
I am laughing right now as I type this post!

First off.............
my sister is the best...........

She had this wonderful sign custom made for me!
It is already hanging in my studio!
What wonderful thought went into this, and I will 
treasure it forever.

Good sister, right?

And, you are probably thinking here, well what 
did you get your lovely sister in return?

Well, you see............

playing tricks on my sister......
it is something I have done
ever since I can remember?

Do any of you out there have
a brother that finds joy in
playing practical jokes on you?
It truly is a sign of love!

OK, so, I digress......
Since Mike was coming to spend Christmas
with our family, he asked what the family members
would like for the gift exchange......

My darling sister suggested she would like
a new night gown......


My sister is going to tell my best friend she
wants a night gown???????


NO NO NO NO NO She isn't easy!
The practical joke!!!!!!

You see where I am going with this???????

Merry Christmas Sis!!!!!!
If you can't tell, that is a little risque nighty!
Here she is thinking this is for real......
not knowing it was all a joke!

you get the point!

Needless to say, when Sis did find out that it
was all a joke, you could hear us laughing
from miles around!
My Sis promptly dug a hole in the floor and crawled away!

Thanks for letting me share this Christmas gift prank with you all!
I hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!
And just to let you know,
I did get some very nice gifts for my sister!

So, what else did Ole' Kevin the Quilter receive?
Regardless of my pranks.......I was a good boy this year!

Oh yeah!  A cone of Aurifil!

A great pair of gingher scissors
so I can cut through that scrap stash!

Look at these little gems!
I can't wait to start reading them on the plane!
Clockwise starting from top left.....
"Strip your Stash" by Gudrun Erla
"Savannah" pattern by Red Crinoline Quilts
"Treasures from the Barn" by Linda Collins
"Small & Scrappy" by Kathleen Tracy.

I also received the following 2 shirts.....

"I quilt because the voices in my head
tell me to"


"Quilting is cheaper than therapy"

And before all of this merry mayhem.....

You may find everything about this mystery by clicking

Bonnie gave us clue 5 early as a gift!

64 half square triangles done!

To see what quilters from around the globe
are making with this mystery quilt, I am
Linking up with Bonnie's

I am also linking up with my QOV quilting buddy,

I am curious if there will be a fast and furious end to 
this mystery as in year's past, or if Bonnie has
something else up her sleeve?????

We hope you all had a Merry Christmas!
We certainly did!
Especially my sister! LOLOLOL

Have fun!
Go Quilt!
Thanks for all of the encouragement!
Kevin the Quilter


  1. LOL on your sister. Hope she gets you back soon. It's all in good fun. YUMMO on all the seafood. Holy cow does that look good. The table is beautifully set all complete with family. Glad you had a great Christmas! Happy new year to you and yours!

  2. Your poor sister is a good sport! You should really behave yourself.

  3. Hubby has a hoodie that says 'I hike because the voices in my head tell me to'. He laughed when I told him about your new shirt. That was a great trick on your sis.

  4. Your family Christmas looks like a wonderful way to have Fun and Good Food and Quality Time together. Merry Christmas and enJOY 2017 dear.

  5. Bad brother to tease your sis so. She will get her revenge when you least expect it. Your Christmas table looked beautiful and all the food yummy. Santa brought you some fun things to play with in the Quilt Cave too. And your sign -- Perfect gift for sure. Glad you had a wonderful Christmas with your family.

  6. what a great time you had with the family and so good to see you sharing the Christmas story on Christmas Eve I always have the carol service on the radio with 9 lessons on from Kings College every Xmas eve afternoon and as I live on my own am able o sing along with the choir not a pleasant sound!

  7. Perfect Christmas Day with lots of laughs and good ribbing, add some food and I often wonder why we only seem to do it one day a year :( Love your pressies and those books look great, look forward to your views on them :)

  8. If this is an example of the tricks you play on your sister as an adult, I don't want to imagine the tricks when you were children. LOL. Your Step 5 units are looking good.

  9. You really are a devil! The seafoid dinner looks scrumptious. Happy reading on the plane!

  10. Love reading your posts...your family seems wonderful and your poor sis!! LOL Too funny! Happy New Year to you!!

  11. I like how your sister incorporated your QOV into your sign. Happy New Year Kevin and tou your friends and family as well.

  12. You have been a good boy to get all that great loot! Love the 'voices' shirt, LOL!!

  13. Kevin, love the whole Christmas story. But I think the picture of your dad reading with the tree next to him looks like it's right out of a Norman Rockwell painting. Just precious! Looks like you had a wonderful holiday!! And I just love your family!
    Have a great new year! ps: they have medication for those voices!

  14. Great Christmas story!!! Sisters are good at getting back at your six!! Thanks for sharing your family Christmas with the pictures. P.S. Tell Randy that fabric is still less expensive than the meds :) and you make something beautiful for someone else (or even yourself) at the same time!!

  15. Thanks for sharing your Christmas laughter. You should probably watch your back, siblings can get inventive when in revenge mode. The Quilt Cave sign is pretty cool. Hope you are getting to enjoy spending some time stitching under it.

  16. Looks like you had a great Christmas - We also read the real Christmas Story each year.
    lololol love your nightie joke on your sister - too funny.
    Happy New Year Kevin - enjoy all your awesome quilty gifts!

  17. You are one lucky guy! Great gifts! Great family. Happy New Year

  18. What a great Christmas, all the way around! The sign for your Quilt Cave is fantastic!

  19. Ah Kevin your post made me miss my brother... he was always making us laugh with his antics!
    You are one lucky man to be surrounded by so much love and laughter... and fabulous quilty gifts!

  20. Looks like you had a great time at Christmas! Thanks for sharing!

  21. It looks like you and your family had a great Christmas, Kevin. Your family knows just what gifts to give you, too, don't they?!

  22. You all have too much fun! I love the jokes. That is what life is all about. Every time I see your father's cute little smile I see a joke hiding behind it! Have a fun and quilt filled new year!

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