Sunday, December 21, 2014

Sunday Quilt Inspiration: g r e e n e r y

Yes, greenery.  Why not?  It's an important part of Christmas decor and can be used all winter since it's, well, greenery.  Let's start with a few types of greenery so you can see how they look.  If you're like me, you get what you have, but if you're going out to buy greenery to make arrangements or wreaths, you may be able to choose from different kinds.  It may be useful to have an idea of what you're looking for before you start shopping.

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This list comes from Florists' Review Magazine which has a wealth of information about care, types and usage of evergreens.

Of course the list is not exhaustive of all types of greens to use in decorations.  Though they aren't evergreens, I'd add magnolia and eucalyptus to the list for a couple of reasons: magnolia leaves are large and heavy, so they fill in lots of space; eucalyptus smells wonderful and can be purchased in different colors.

Don't forget to decorate your front porch for the holidays | Love the fresh greenery and red berries in this classic urn.
The dark leaves in this arrangement are on magnolia branches.

Create your own beautiful winter planter with this fantastic tutorial via 5th and state

I love the full tree in the center of this arrangement: it really adds height and fullness.

How about a basket of greenery instead of a wreath? I love the little skates.

12 bucks and 10 minutes is all you need to make this DIY Classic Christmas Wreath. Easy and really fun! @On Sutton Place

create a simple wreath with greens and glittered stars

Keep your greenery fresh

The website where I found this pin has several good (and easy) ideas for keeping your greenery fresh.  

I use wreaths both indoors and out. I hang a trio of them on my kitchen windows and on the foot boards of beds. Outside I put them on gates, windows and, of course, the front door. P. Allen Smith

Whenever you are shopping for Christmas decorations you will find so many items. You cannot possibly buy them all! So what should you buy?

30 Beautiful Christmas Decorations That Turn Your Staircase into a Fairy tale

I am SOOOOgoing to do this one for my front room mantle this year!!! Christmas mantel with DIY JOY letters

Surround lanterns with fresh greenery and pine cones for a classic, elegant centerpiece. Click for more centerpiece ideas!

Now for the inspired part~~the quilts!  These actually aren't all quilts, necessarily.  They are more penny rugs and blocks but each one has some form of greenery.

Wool Seasons: Winter -  Wool Applique Pattern - by Beth Ritter for Wellington House Designs - Instant Digital Download

Wool & velvet applique -by Maggie Bonanomi - kit available at Country Sampler in Spring Green WI.

Redware mat

cardinal in the pines from Cotton Tales

Winding Vine Wanderings...made it!

The flowers would be great in wool

primitive wool applique patterns

Fun wool applique pattern.

Buttonwillow Designs Wool Applique Patterns, Kits and Supplies

January Applique Block - Seasonal Silhouette...would be beautiful in wool!

December, Bertie's Year by All through the night patterns
August, Bertie's Year by All through the night patterns

Primitive wool quilt projects | Primitive Gatherings - Tiny Treasure Cones (Powered by CubeCart)

Minick & Simpson

Brandywine Designs

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