Merry Christmas to Me!

I know that we have all heard the saying that “It’s better to give than to receive’.  And yes, I do love giving, but this weekend it felt as if Christmas had come early for me.

On Friday I went to an estate sale.  The first thing I spied when I walked into the (jam packed) home was a vintage quilt.  Not just any vintage quilt, but a Dresden Plate vintage quilt.


I have been wanting to make a Dresden Plate quilt for some time now.  I couldn’t even begin to make one for the $75 I put out for this baby.

And. . .this one is in perfect condition and made from old flour sack fabrics and hand quilted.  If you ask me, it doesn’t get any better than that.


It felt as though Santa himself had hand picked this gift just for me!


It had never been washed and had that ‘old’ smell.  You know what I’m talking about.  The first thing I did was to machine wash it on delicate and toss it in the dryer.  After that I had to play with it for a while.


It’s even sweeter now with all of that puckering the machine washing did for it.


And then, if that wasn’t enough.  Last night we arrived home about 10 p.m. from my hubby’s company Christmas dinner.

Hubby said, “looks like we have a package’.  It was addressed to me and when I brought it inside and opened it I squealed with delight!

Sweet Victoria from Sunny in Tucson had told me that she was going to send me one of her felted Christmas mice a while back.  Honestly, I had totally forgotten about it.


Isn’t he the sweetest thing?  All handmade from Victoria.  She taught herself how to felt wool by watching a video on line.  This is something that I have wanted to learn also.  On my ‘to do’ list after the New Year.


He couldn’t wait to hop into the living room and attempt to hang his ornament on my tinsel tree.


For now I have just been calling him ‘Mouskavitch’.  But he needs a name.  Any suggestions?


I love my early gifts!  And I’m. . .

Hoping a little Christmas love comes your way!



p.s. I want to thank Tammy from One More Time Events for featuring my Large and in Charge Santa!

I will be sharing with these wonderful parties:

One More Time Events for Share it One More Time

Dwellings for Amaze Me Monday

Knick of Time Tuesday

We Call it Olde Party

Lavender Garden Cottage for Cottage Style Party

Rose Chintz Cottage for Home

The Thrifty Groove for Thrifty Things Friday


Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

I like Mousekevich!! Gorgeous quilt! Merry Christmas to you!

Unknown said...

Hi Jann,

Love your quilt and what a great find. I think you should call your cute little mouse: Sylvester from the movie with Cary Grant, The Bishop's Wife.
Hugs, Lynnie

must love junk said...

Jann, don't you love days like that? Your quilt is beautiful and the mouse is adorable! :)

LV said...

You did very well on the quilt buy. All I see that are handmade are very pricey. I have one in this same pattern and it is very vintage. In great shape tho. Nothing nicer than a quilt. Love them.

Helen and her Daughters said...

That quilt is wonderful. I just love old quilts and have a few that my Grandmother made. The little mouse makes me want to get online and teach myself to felt, he is adorable!

Shirley Hatfield said...

Jann, where did you find an estate sale in our neck of the woods? The quilt is beautiful! My mother made one for her trousseau many years ago. I loved looking at the different floursack patches and 30's prints. My favorite was the "three bears" patch that was in every block. Wish it hadn't worn out with all of us kids jumping on the!

Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

I love quilts. Great Merry Christmas to me gift.

Lois' Laughlines said...

A Dresden quilt from flour sacks, you have a real prize... I would not have been able to resist it either.
Blessings to you and MERRY CHRISTMAS,

Susie said...

Jann, Looking at your quilt took me back in time. My aunt hand quilted. She made that exact pattern...cause we girls would slip the rings on our dollys as skirts.. But when I would spend the night at her house, her daughter(my cousin) and I would point to a piece of the ring and say "oh I wish I had a dress made of this". Fun memories. Enjoy your quilt and your sweet mouse. Love it. xoxo,Susie

Unknown said...

Amazing quilt! So glad you found it!! Cute mouse, too!

Joy@aVintageGreen said...

Your new to you quilt is a treasure. Loved the vignettes with your new little felted mouse too.

Nancy said...

You scored a great quilt, Jann. I can't believe you got it for that price. The mouse is sweet. I don't think you need to rename him, "Mousekavitch" suits him very well. :)-- Nancy

Julie Marie said...

Oh my goodness Jann... your sweet little mouse's name is Fifi and she is a GIRL all dressed to the nines in PINK!... and too adorable for words!... love love love your beautiful quilt, lucky you!... xoxo Julie Marie

Julie Marie said...

By the way Jann... I think your time on your computer is off... I know you are not an hour behind me in Alpine... tee hee hee...

Pamela Gordon said...

Jann, that is a beautiful quilt and in such good condition too. The mouse is adorable. I hope you have a good week.

Tea Cottage Pretties said...

I love both of your new goodies. That quilt is fabulous and what a beautiful find and I love needle felt. I taught myself as well and I so love making different animals and things. Your mouse is precious with the pink ornament. So sweet. Hugs, Beverly

cynthia lee designs said...

What a pretty quilt!! Your mouse is adorable!! I collect little mice and have them out for Christmas on my sideboard table.

Linda W. said...

What a beautiful quilt! Such a great find!

Art and Sand said...

I love your beautiful quilt.

I have always wanted to make a Dresden Plate quilt, but never followed through.

Enjoy your early present.

Mrs. Kelley Dibble said...

Oh, isn't your new quilt darling! I just love how you KNOW that it was made with old flour sacks. Hubby bought me an old yo-yo quilt (3,000+ in it!) back in August and I'm really wondering if it, too, is made from old flour sacks. Is there a special way you can tell?

I will be linking up "The Pillowcase Project" on your next linky party: pillowcases for the pediatric patients at National Children's Hospital. This is an effort to honor my 80 year old MIL and be a blessing to the kids at NCH NEXT YEAR at Christmastime 2014. This gives us an entire year to get those pillowcases made and shipped to me.

Off to Guam soon and I trust you're having a very happy Christmastime with family and friends.

Happy highways,
Kelley Highway

Di said...

I like the name now he so cute. You got very lucky the quilt is beautiful. Merry Christmas to you!

Anonymous said...

Oh what a treasure! I'm happy for you,Jann! I love the "puckering" of an old quilt!

I love getting surprise packages in the mail and I think Mousekavitch suits just fine! ♥

The Victorian Girl said...

She looks like a "Pinkie Mouskavich" to me!
What a lucky find on the Dresden Plate quilt and a great price. I just love the puckery look of an old quilt.

xinex said...

What a beautiful quilt, Jann! and what a cute little felt thing...Christine

Anonymous said...

Wow Jan !!! That's such an awesome quilt !! Such a different design. Love it. Oh and that little mouse is such a darling !
Doodle Buddies

Anonymous said...

Wow Jan !!! That's such an awesome quilt !! Such a different design. Love it. Oh and that little mouse is such a darling !
Doodle Buddies

Anonymous said...

Wow Jan !!! That's such an awesome quilt !! Such a different design. Love it. Oh and that little mouse is such a darling !
Doodle Buddies

Rose L said...

I am so envious of that quilt. It is lovely! And I adore the little mouse!

farmhouse-story said...

such a wonderful quilt find, jann:) the sweet mouse is so adorable! mortimer for a boy, but, she looks like a girl-maddie:)

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

That Dresden is a treasure!!! What a find for you ! :) The little mouse is just adorable..what a sweet gift :)

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

You were so right to gift yourself that quilt. It's gorgeous! Merry Christmas to you!

Winnie said...

This is such a beautiful quilt Jenn!!
Lovely colors :)
And that little mice is so sweet!

I'd like to wish you Jenn and your family a very happy holiday

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Wow, what a gorgeous quilt and such a great find…Merry Christmas to you I'd say so!!…

Anonymous said...

I love that you have given this beautiful quilt a new home. I'm a quilt maker (or used to be when I had more time, pre-kids) and I know how much work goes into them, so I love it when someone appreciates and saves them. I think the name of your mouse is great, I wouldn't change it! Thanks for sharing this at History & Home! Merry Christmas - Dawn @ We Call It

Fran said...

I think the name Mousekavitch suits him just fine! Or perhaps Lady Mousekavitch. And THAT QUILT. Swoon! I have several flour sacks that are represented on those Dresden Plates. What a treasure you found! :) --Fran

Diann said...

Jann, what a wonderful find in that quilt! As a quilter, I know how much blood, sweat and tears went into it. I tell family that there literally is part of myself in each quilt because I always leave some blood on it.(Of course I wash before giving it away LOL). And your little gifted mouse is so sweet! I am featuring this post today on TTG FB page. thank you for sharing at TTF and I hope you and your family have a very merry and blessed Christmas!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Your quilt is just wonderful, Jann, and I'm so happy you found it. The little mouse is so cute and he brought a smile to my face. Thank you for sharing at my HOME and have a Blessed Christmas with your family.