Going on right now today, our friend SewCalGal is hosting two benefit parties for Operation Homefront, one a physical party for those living in the San Diego area, and the second, a virtual party for bloggers near and far! For those who haven't heard about Operation Homefront, this is a non-profit organization that reaches out to our military families and veterans with assistance for a variety of urgent needs ranging from housing assistance to gift baskets filled with necessities for new moms who give birth while their husband is deployed overseas. The needs are many and varied, and our donations not only offer financial assistance but much needed moral support for our nation's true heroes. You can find more information about Operation Homefront and the benefit Christmas Party right here on SewCalGal's page.
The Christmas season is one of nostalgia, each little decoration evoking memories of earlier years and traditions, of family and friends, and favorite foods and so much more. Memories of a Christmas season 30 years ago were awakened late this summer when I discovered this little unfinished patchwork ornament in a tin among a collection of embroidery floss, trims, and little bells.
There it was, still pinned, a seam partially hand sewn, just as I had left it 30 years ago this next week as I began labor and left for the hospital for the birth of my daughter.
It seems that all my favorite holiday memories involve fabric in one way or another! A very special Christmas decoration is this 30-year old fabric tree. I believe the instructions were in an old Women's Day or Family Circle magazine of the era, though it may have come from another magazine. Four of these were completed during the summer of 1982 while I was expecting my daughter. I was living in Alaska at the time and my mom traveled out for an extended visit. We spent quite a few happy hours cutting all the triangles, piecing and stuffing these trees. Two went to my mom and my former mother-in-law, and I have the remaining two, which will eventually be passed on to my children.
The next few are from my Thimbleberries phase of the mid-90s: