Whew!  What a Heading for a Post.

I had a great day with my grandchildren on Wednesday.  We had pictures made and the girls wore the dresses I smocked for them and my handsome grandson was willing to coordinate his outfit too.

I love this next picture.  Ella looks perplexed and amazed (perfect for her age)  while Kelsey and Brendan use their best acting faces of “awe”.  Some days are great picture days and everything went smoothly.

However, after 90 pictures, they were ready to don their jeans and get back to play time.  They have sweet spirits and are always willing to amuse and accommodate their Nonnie ~ of course, I promised candy canes, just in case!

Here are a few more appliqué blocks.  Very simple, with large pieces which is a good way to hone up on your appliqué skills.

A few blocks just don’t seem to fit the theme, such as this one.  But of course the theme was contribute a block of one’s own choice.  I am sure it will look fine in the finished quilt.

Christmas Trivia

In 1947 Toys for Tots started making the holidays a little happier for children by organizing its first Christmas toy drive for needy youngsters.

In an effort to solicit cash to pay for a charity Christmas dinner in 1891, a large crab pot was set down on a San Francisco street, becoming the first Salvation Army collection kettle.

In the Thomas Nast cartoon that first depicted Santa Claus with a sleigh and reindeer, he was delivering Christmas gifts to soldiers fighting in the US Civil War.  The cartoon, entitled “Santa Claus in Camp” appeared in the Harper’s Weekly on January 3, 1863.

On Christmas Day, 1989 Eastern Europe was permitted to celebrate Christmas freely and open for the first time in decades.  Church masses were broadcast live for the first time in history.

One notable medieval English Christmas celebration featured a giant 165 pound pie.  The giant pie was nine feet in diameter.  Its ingredients included 2 bushels of flour, 1o pounds of butter, 4 geese, 2 rabbits, 4 wild ducks, 2 woodcocks, 6 snipes, 4 partridges, 2 neats’ tongues, 2 curlews, 6 pigeons, and 7 blackbirds.