Sunday, December 2, 2012


Yesterday DH and I went to Clifton for the Norwegian Country Christmas Tour.  The tour included a quilt show, some decorated homes and a historic house and church.  Since my ancestors are from Norway, anything about Norwegians coming to the USA is interesting to me.  My relatives settled in Minnesota and Chicago.

The quilt show was small, but there were some beautiful quilts there.  No names of makers were given, but I especially liked these three.

The Ringness House Museum is a partially restored house built in 1859.
I love the quilt on this bed.

The grandmother's flower garden quilt is over 100 years old.

Fireplace in the Ringness home.

I had to put in the picture of the flags blowing in the wind!

St. Olaf Church, also referred to as the  Rock Church, was built in 1886.

The weather was unseasonable warm and extremely windy, but it was a beautiful day.  No progress on my short list was accomplished yesterday, but it was inspiring to see the homes decorated for Christmas.  It makes me wish I had more decorations put up than I do!  Have you put up your Christmas decorations yet?


  1. Looks like a fun day! I don't know if I am even going to get my decorations out this year. We are starting a kitchen remodel and dust and dirt is everywhere. DH and I are tearing the floor and countertops out and having someone do the new ones. With kitchen stuff everywhere in the house, I don't have space to put up decorations! We will see.

  2. Finished my Christmas decorations last night (except for the village). I love the atmosphere in the home at Christmas time. Just so warm, cozy and glowing!
    It is fun to see how others decorate and get new ideas. Looks like you had a "grand day out"!

  3. Beautiful pics Ruth. I would love to visit an old fashioned place like that. So much history.

  4. Great pictures! Do you, by any chance, have a close-up picture of the blue embroidery hanging from the fireplace?


  5. That church is beautiful!! I went to a Scandinavian Festival this weekend. Always fun to celebrate our heritage.

  6. What a wonderful place to visit, loved the blue and white schoolhouse quilt the best.

    Just the tree up so far...still looking for the lights and ornaments.

    Thanks for sharing your photos of the older buildings. It always amazes me so many still stand after all these years.

  7. Glad you got to visit Clifton; it has quite an interesting bit of history all right. One of my uncles married one of the Ringness girls, and I remember visiting there with them as a child.
    My decorating is finished; at least I hope I don't find anything else; I'm out of space! Still have to finish cleaning the kitchen, and make lots of candy! First party is in two days, and another two days later! See you soon! ---"Love"

  8. I meant to also say I love that red poppy quilt! Sorry I missed that show! ---"Love"

  9. Thanks for sharing these beautiful quilts - I love house tours.
    What a lovely country church

  10. I do not have any decorations up at all. I am having trouble finding my Christmas spirit this year.
    Love the pictures. Beautiful quilts.
    Happy Holidays

  11. Very interesting. I especially liked the quilt with the diner appliques.