Detail from "Rain Dance," an original quilt by Sherrie Spangler

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Marge's Christmas quilts

Happy Belated Christmas!

I've finally recovered from one of my favorite nights of the year: Christmas Eve at the home of our friends Duane and Paula. They sure know how to throw a good party! And look at the beautiful table that Paula set with holiday poppers, red and white tulips and a dramatic Christmas quilt.

Paula decorated with Christmas quilts made by Duane's mother, Marge, and they made the house feel warm and bright as soon as we entered. Marge, who is in her 80s, churns out at least one or two BIG quilts every month from her home in Superior, Wisconsin. These are just a few of the Christmas ones. Paula has so many of Marge's quilts that she uses some as tablecloths; the washing and drying gives them a nice soft quilty look.

When one of the guys suggested Paula was like a certain Martha because of the artful crackers (or poppers), she said: "I'm no Martha Stewart, but I am a Costco shopper." We gleefully yanked our crackers open and were showered with glitter, gold foil crowns and really useful presents. I got a little retracting purse-size tape measure and my husband the microbrewer got a beer bottle opener. My daughter got a multitool, which she said was exactly what she needed!

Duane adjusts his cracker crown.

We also had a red and green theme going on with the food, like this quinoa dish that my daughter made. She added pistachios for green, dried cranberries for red, and alternated red and green apple slices around the outside. It must be in her genes.

Here I am with Dave and Julia -- the only one missing is our son, who stayed in the Midwest. Paula roasted tomatoes and asparagus to continue the Christmas colors, and both were delicious.

Chef extraordinaire Paula and her daughter, Valerie, and my daughter.

Valerie made the chocolate pie and Julia made a vegan chocolate cake and chai snickerdoodles. Yum!

Jake was the center of attention much of the night. And this (below) is how I'm feeling after weeks of holiday eating!

Have a colorful day


sonja said...

how wonderful to see all those quilts being lovingly used. i would give up my usual cab or merlot and drink something blanco to sit at that table!
be well! sonja

Annette said...

lol... what a great night you all look to have had... well done..

Judy Ferguson said...

You are very blessed to have such friends and family around you. There are so many older people who spend these holidays alone. This is especially true in the mobile society. Have a great New Year.

Ladybug said...

WOW - you guys sure know how to party hearty! Looks like a lot of cheerful fun for all involved.

I think I like the santa napkins best of all... how very true.

Marti said...

Love the pictures of the quilts. Also, the sweater your daughter was wearing. Is it alpaca? So very soft!