Sunday, December 12, 2021

Gnome Sweet Gnome

I made this little quilt last week just for fun and because I haven't been in the sewing room very much lately.   I think I'll hand quilt this one.

the mushrooms were really fun and easy to make.  Here they are before I fused them.
As a surprise for Mr. Fun, I got tickets to see Manheim Steamroller.  It was wonderful and put me in a festive mood.  If you get a chance to see them, I highly recommend it.
This year I'm displaying my Hot Flash quilt in the kitchen.  It's not a Christmas quilt, but I love the bright colors during these darker days.
Every year I set up my Dickens Village.  I always dread it and put it off but I also always love it and leave it up for a couple of months.
My goal is create a realistic village.
The set up is different every year.
This year I made two "town" areas

The Post Office is one of my favorite buildings.

The Church sits in the highest position.  There is Charles and his wife, Elizabeth.
I positioned the homes of Tiny Tim and Betsy Trotwood and others up behind the town square.
I love the little lights on the tree and the street lights.  Can you believe I have six different kinds of snow?  I also recycle it every year.

Here is an aerial view.   I posted a video with music on my Instagram.

Here are a few behind the scenes photos.  I start by unpacking all the buildings, lights, and people.  Nutmeg was vey intrigued.

I use styrofoam to construct different levels.  I learned this on Pinterest and it really makes a big difference!
I do a practise set up.  I also use that little string of lights under the batting to light it up.

It takes several hours, but it is magical to me.

I hope you are having a nice December.  It can often be stressful and full of commitments.

Be kind and gentle with yourself.  A few quiet minutes of meditation can be a blessing.

26 comments:

  1. Hot Flash looks great there and glad you and Mr. Fun enjoyed the performance!

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  2. Love the mushroom quilt. Your village is magical
    Thank you for sharing : )

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  3. Cute gnome homes and 'shrooms!!
    Your village is really pretty--nice work --I can see why you'd want to leave it up for quite a while..
    enjoy thee days leading up to Christmas...hugs, Julierose

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  4. Your village is MAGICAL!! And the idea to use styrofoam to raise it up is a brilliant idea! Love your Hot Flash quilt, and that red background makes it perfect for this Season. Manheim Steamroller---oh my goodness, I think they are absolutely the BEST group! My favorite Christmas CDs. Would love to see them in concert. Merry Christmas.

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  5. I always enjoy your blog posts. Thanks for the reminder to stop and take a deep breath and enjoy the holidays.

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  6. I was wondering when we would see your amazing Dicken's village. And then add in your Gnome Home. You've got a lot going on.But when certain things are our Christmas traditions, you just have to do them no matter what. Enjoy.

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  7. From the gnomes to the Dickens, your place is really a magical place where everything beautiful lives. ;^)

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  8. Your Dickens village is so interesting to look at. Lots of details to see! Hot Flash is a real bright spot in your dining room.

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  9. And Nutmeg leaves the village alone????

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    1. It is her third year putting up with it! so she doesn't mind it much anymore.

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  10. You surpassed your goal! It looks very realistic. I would love to be able to walk thru it. So peaceful and nostalgic.

    Rondi

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  11. Love the woodland quilt - there's something so appealing about those red & white mushrooms! Thanks for sharing the "behind the scenes" look at your Dickens Village. I like knowing the little secrets that make everything look so special!

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  12. Every year, I love to see your Dickens village ! Sooo magical and sooo beautiful !
    Your quilt is very cute and funny ! Love the colors !
    I wish you a Merry Christmas with your family Barb !
    xo

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  13. You do a fantastic job on the village. I have a collection too and never seem to have the energy to set it up. I think it is the thought of having to put it away...lol. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

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  14. What a sweet quilt! I love your Dickens Village, truly a labor of love for you. I am going with my daughter and granddaughters to the Nutcracker this weekend, that always does it for me!

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  15. I love your village, Barb! Thanks for the peeks behind the scenes, I had no idea how you create such a wonderland! It reminds me of the little town (pop. 1800) in Minnesota where I grew up, very picturesque, and makes me feel so nostalgic! My little white church with a green steeple looks like something on a Christmas card, like the church in your village. I attended a couple of performances in the past week, it does help fill us with the holiday spirit. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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  16. I love heavily decorating my real tree every year, but never got into collecting and displaying villages or other holiday figurines. Thanks for letting me vicariously enjoy yours!😊

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  17. Adorable and fun house quilt taking shape. WOW, I just love your Dickens Village. I love getting the behind the scenes view of how you create the arrangement. You really arrange it artistically, just beautifully! I think I would sit near it and imagine all kinds of village scenarios and dramas;). I love your hot flash on the wall and it "goes" beautifully with Christmas decor. I love your advice to be kind to ourselves. Why do we women tend to exhaust ourselves at the holidays? (I don't anymore, but it's so easy to!).

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  18. Your Dickens Christmas village is beautiful, as it is every year. Thank you for showing how you set it up. I especially like the lights under the batting.

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  19. Such a cute gnome home quilt.
    Oh, we love Mannheim Steamroller, but have never seen them. What a treat that must have been! My kids used to love to learn the piano arrangements of their music, and I miss having them around to play the music.
    Hot Flash looks great with your kitchen decor. Makes for a very cheery holiday!
    Wonderful attention to detail in your Dickens village. It is so beautiful. I can appreciate the effort involved and understand how you would put off setting it up and then want to leave it up beyond the holiday.

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  20. I remember a number of years ago I got an album (CD) of Manheim Steamroller for hubby, and he thought it was goingto be some horrible sounding music with that name. Boy was he surprised!

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  21. What a fun little gnome home quilt--love those mushrooms! Your Hot Flash quilt is perfect for the holidays. When I saw it for the first time it really made me smile :) You are a genius at putting up your Dickens Village. It is so magical! I know you will enjoy it. Nutmeg will, too :)

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  22. OMG your village is so pretty........it is just beautiful........

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  23. Love the mushrooms... so sweet... and your Dickens Village is BEAUTIFUL!! I've also found that styrofoam and other risers really make a difference in an display. Wishing you all the best in 2022!!

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