Sunday, December 30, 2018

Christmas Recap......

It's that awkward week in between Christmas and New Years.
I pray you all had a wonderful Christmas, however you celebrated it.
Mine was wonderful, and spent with family.
Here is a photo montage to recap.

We visited with my Aunt Flossie Sue, my mom's only living sister,
in her residential care facility.
I caught this touching embrace between the two of them.
We sang for her, which put a huge smile on her face,
 and we brought her some Christmas gifts.
Things change so much as we age.

The annual reading of the true
Christmas Story by my dad to all of us.

Excited YOUNG children awaiting the festivities.
My Sis and I love to have fun!

This small child found a gift with his name on it!

Mom and Dad's Christmas tree sparkled this year,
adorned with several gifts.

These little girls have been really good Santa!

A family photo with the resident elf.

And another with all of his babies!
Yes, I consider my niece and nephew my babies too!

Mike was a HUGE help in the kitchen this year!
My Momma sure did appreciate it!
We ALL did!

Just look at that spread!
We were ready to dig in!
The dumplings were made by your's truly.

And, yes, Momma made her famous Streudle!
Sis made her delicious Red Velvet cake.....
I seem to have forgotten to take a photo of that....
it was gone before we knew it!

Merry Christmas everyone!

These girls couldn't wait to open their gifts!

Sophia loves her Paw Paw!
I love this photo of them together!

It looks like someone is reading a quilt label to me?

My niece requested a t-shirt quilt made from her
many FFA and Choir t-shirts she accumulated
during her high school days.
T-shirt quilts are one of my LEAST FAVORITE
types of quilts to make.
So, fortunately, Mike stepped in, and really helped in the
making of this quilt.
He did all of the fusing and cutting.....and even designed the layout.
He actually sewed some of it together!  Go Mike!
I helped finish the piecing, my friend, Ann, quilted it.....
and, it was done for Christmas!
Sugar Doll loved it!

And here is one of my favorite gifts received!
A quilt ladder!
I realize the quilts aren't placed perfectly on here....
but, I just threw them up for a quick photo for you all!
I will share some of the cool gifts I received in some
future posts.

Now.....onto some quilting that I do like!

Bonnie Hunter's
Quiltville Mystery

We were back into the strings for Part 6 of this mystery.
I am using black as my neutral.

Isn't this a delicious mess????
What a wonderful way to use up every last "string"
of fabric!

And here are all of my units together.
I even found that orange polka dot binding
in my black strings bin!
I wonder if this mystery will have a fast and furious
ending as Bonnie's past mysteries have had???

Linking with
Mystery Monday Link-Up, Part 6
Make sure to visit the linky party to
see all of the wonderful versions of
this mystery quilt that is being made.

several of you have messaged me
asking to return chicken pics to the posts....
here ya go...........

These are the Royal Palm turkeys almost all grown up!
They are a little over 3 months old now.
Believe it or not, they have 3 more months to mature!
There are 3 hens, and 5 toms in this photo.
I returned 4 hens to my friend that gave these
turkeys to me.  Remember, she gave me 12 poults.
The males are just beginning to show signs of strutting.
They have moved to their permanent coop and run
and really enjoy being outside.
I haven't yet decided how many I will
actually keep, or the fates of those I don't keep.
We shall see?

In closing........

I wish each and every one of you a Happy New Year!
May 2019 bring each of us a brighter tomorrow!
Here! Here!

I hope to see you at these
January 3, 2019
Sinnissippi Quilters, Rockford, Illinois
Bethesda Church
2101 East State Street
Rockford, IL
Lecture and Trunkshow 1PM and 7PM

January 4, 2019
Sinnissippi Quilters, Rockford, Illinois
Swedish American Hospital
1401 East State Street
Rockford, IL
"String Star" Workshop

January 12, 2019
Friends In Stitches, Waterloo, Illinois
"String Star" Workshop

January 26, 2019
"Goodnight, Darlene!" Workshop

February 9, 2019
St. Louis Star Quilt Guild
Salem Lutheran Church, Affton, Missouri
"Sorta, Kinda Amish" Workshop

Thanks for all of the encouragement!
Thanks for being a friend!
Keep on Quilting!
Kevin the Quilter


  1. Kevin, so wonderful to see your whole family be able to celebrate together. I don't take it for granted after my little heart stopping event last February. Your aunt's hands looked positively gorgeous- a testament to her life. I agree about t-shirt quilts- won't touch making one. Have a Happy New Year!

  2. Very happy family pix. It’s obvious you all enjoyed your Christmas together.

  3. I do not know who is smiling broader ... Sophia or Paw Paw! Love that picture so much! Happy New Year, Kevin!

  4. And a VERY happy new year to you and your family, too. What a terrific post!

  5. So wonderful to see how much fun you have with your family! I have quilted a few t-shirt quilts and helped my SIL with one for her son...definitely not my favorite quilts to make either! So glad you had such a lovely Christmas. Have a blessed New Year and start gearing up to return to work (that's the only yucky part of having such a long time off from get way too used to not going to work!).

  6. Happy New Year to you and your beautiful family Kevin ❤

  7. Fun fun post as usual !!
    Happy new year Kevin with lot of creativity !
    Hugs !

  8. I share your opinion of T-shirt quilts and yet they are popular with certain people. The turkeys are looking' good too. A testament to your animal husbandry skills. Happy New Year!

  9. We all enjoy the Huffman family Christmas photos! You guys are just so cute!! I am with you on the t-shirt quilt making. I have made 5 and hated every minute of them - until the recipient opens it and loves it like your niece did! I wish you, your family and your menagerie a very Happy New Year!!

  10. Happy 2019 Kevin! Hope it's the best year yet!

  11. Love your black neutral for Good Fortune. Happy 2019!

  12. what fun! Happy New Year Kevin!

  13. So much goodness going on!! Happy New Year!!

  14. I always love seeing pictures of the Huffman family gatherings!! Looks like a fabulous Christmas.
    Best wishes for a wonderful new year, Kevin! (and the little girls, too)

  15. Happy New Year, Kevin! May 2019 be the best year yet for you and your lovely family!

  16. Love the family photos! Thanks for sharing! Happy New Year to you and yours. Wishing you all good things in the New Year!

  17. I share your lack of enthusiasm for T-Shirt quilts. :)
    Great family memories
    Happy New Year!

  18. wishing you and yours a happy new year!!! love seeing your puppys my how she has grown, big sister is real small.they are adorable.

  19. Kevin you crack me up!! The captions of some of your Christmas photos made me laugh. So Fun! I'm loving the black as your neutral color. Looking great.

  20. Your posts that include your family always exude lots of love and joy! Glad you had a happy Christmas, Kevin!
    I agree with you on T-shirt quilts not being a favorite to make, but your teamwork produced a winner!
    Wonderful quilt ladder--I love quilt ladders!
    Happy New Year!

  21. Happy New Year Kevin. Thank you so so much for sharing your fabulous family pictures.
    I want some of that streudle, or, stoodle, or that pile of sweetness with the cherries on top

  22. Happy New year!!! You all look like a grand time was had!!! And the babies - they are all getting so big Uncle Kev!!! Your T shirt quilt came out great - Go team!!

  23. So happy to hear your Christmas was blessed.

  24. Glad you had a very Merry Christmas and hope your 2019 has gotten off to a good start!

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