Tuesday, November 25, 2014

November Christmas Corner

Welcome to Christmas Corner

I'm working steadily. There's still much to complete.
Have you seen the cute Christmas pillows in the Crate and Barrel and Pottery Barn catalogs?  They inspired me to make this Reindeer Pillow.
I used a cross stitch pattern, substituting tiny colored blocks for the stitches.  Each of the 256 little squares finishes at 3/4".  With the borders added, it made a 15" square.  I embroidered some words from the beloved poem, "Twas the Night Before Christmas"
From the back.
I free motion stitched some red snowflakes onto the pillow back and added buttons and button holes.

I hope you might enjoy this interesting little article about the author and a copy of the 
Poem, Twas the Night Before Christmas.
Clement Clarke Moore Miniature Biography

Clement Clarke Moore (1799 - 1863) came from a prominent family and his father Benjamin Moore was the Bishop of New York who was famous for officiating at the inauguration of George Washington. The tradition of reading Twas the night before Christmas poem on Christmas Eve is now a Worldwide institution and tradition.

Clement Clarke Moore (1779 - 1863) wrote the poem Twas the night before Christmas also called “A Visit from St. Nicholas" in 1822. It is now the tradition in many American families to read the poem every Christmas Eve.

The poem 'Twas the night before Christmas' has redefined our image of Christmas and Santa Claus. Prior to the creation of the story of 'Twas the night before Christmas' St. Nicholas, the patron saint of children, had never been associated with a sleigh or reindeers!

Clement Moore, the author of the poem Twas the night before Christmas, was a reticent man and it is believed that a family friend, Miss H. Butler, sent a copy of the poem to the New York Sentinel who published the poem. The condition of publication was that the author of Twas the night before Christmas was to remain anonymous. The first publication date was 23rd December 1823 and it was an immediate success. It was not until 1844 that Clement Clarke Moore claimed ownership when the work was included in a book of his poetry.

Twas the Night before Christmas Poem

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there.

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads.
And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap.

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below.
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tinny reindeer.

With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name!

"Now Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! On, Cupid! on, on Donner and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!"

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky.
So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of Toys, and St Nicholas too.

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St Nicholas came with a bound.

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot.
A bundle of Toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler, just opening his pack.

His eyes-how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow.

The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath.
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook when he laughed, like a bowlful of jelly!

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself!
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings, then turned with a jerk.
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose!

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ‘ere he drove out of sight,
"Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!"

Thanks for stopping by Christmas Corner!


Kate said...

Your Christmas Corner is my favourite place to visit!!

Maggie said...

The cushion is beautiful! X

Jennie @ Porch Swing Quilts said...

Now I need some Christmas pillows! This one is adorable!

Anonymous said...

Love the stitching on the back of the pillow. Makes it that much more special!

Beth said...

I love your pillow. The colors are amazing!

Lorna McMahon said...

Such an adorable cushion! Love the addition of the embroidered verse along the edges. This is a wonderful gift!

Kathy@KayakQuilting said...

Love the pillow! Wow...that's a lot of small blocks!!!

Shannon @ Modern Tradition Quilts said...

Beautiful Christmas Corner! I love it. Thanks for sharing your post on my blog's link party (KISMIF)--otherwise I wouldn't have been able to find your great projects.--Shannon from Modern Tradition Quilts

legato1958 said...

I just ADORE this reindeer block pillow, Sheri!! I love it all.... and it is only 15 inches square! It is a keepsake! Will you be keeping it for yourself?
I may try to make it for next year!!
Your quilting is perfect for it, as is the embroidery. Did you hand embroider the words on the front? The back is as beautiful as the front!!

Carol @Comfort Spring Station said...

I have to tell you I loved all your needlework and quilt projects you shared at Happy Holidays Link Party, but this reindeer pillow is my favorite. Oh so charming! This post is one of my features on Wed 12/18 Features of the Happy Holidays Link Party. I hope you'll drop by!

Sum of their Stories said...

Spooky! Your lovely pillow is one of my features from the Happy Holidays link party too - we don't discuss it in advance, we all just have great taste!!