Christmas 2011 has come and gone and while I’m sad that it’s over I’m also so happy that it’s over. No matter how hard I try to plan ahead (and I was doing great this year) there is always that stressful crunch at the end. Last minute shopping, wrapping gifts until the wee hours, baking yummy treats you know you’re going to hate yourself for eating.
The best part of Christmas this year was watching our daughter Kira. This year she got it. She knew who Santa was and kept a constant vigil for him. Almost hourly she asked when and how Santa was going to get here. Then seeing her face when the big day had arrived. She said “Wow…I can’t believe it…Santa came mummy…” I don’t know what was better her expression or the exclamation. Thank God for video.
The other best part was finally finishing the quilt on Dec 26th at 8:15pm. I had an extra day and have never been so grateful for time. I won’t bore you with a hundred pictures of my little one opening gifts. I’m keeping those for myself. But I will share the opening of this special gift.
And this one deserves a play by play…
A pillow case for the wrapping.
I’m going to apologize now for the darkness of the pics and I didn’t take half as many “posed shots” of the quilt as I would have liked. Time just didn’t allow but the look on May ‘s face more than makes up for it. It can’t always be about the perfect blog shot. There is a little peek at the backing fabric.
It took me a minute to figure out but after a little adjustment on the camera things were a “little” truer to actual color.
Merry Christmas my friend….
I guess she likes it because she stayed wrapped up in it for a while. And I think those two will share many an hour all bundled with tea and a good movie (another gift was the dvd The Princess Bride).
I can’t tell you how proud I am of this quilt and even though at a few points I wanted to be done I truly enjoyed every stitch. May said she felt honored to be the recipient I’m the one who is honored to have her as a friend.
Love you May May
Here are a few details…
Pattern: Stripilious from Keepsake Quilting
Finished size: 60″ x 72″
Modifications: Tons! The pattern was a quilt as you go but I decided to patchwork the top then sandwich and quilt. And thanks to the suggestions of my friend Teri I spray basted it and straight line quilted at 1″ in intervals. I did a machine binding which came out so much better this time. It’s still not my favorite method but it’s fast and easy and sometimes that just what you need.
Just a word on spray basting. I know that some disagree with this practice and think pins are the only way but I think I’m a spray convert. It’s quick, easy, efficient, stays in place and you can just quilt away without stopping to un-pin every few inches. I wouldn’t do it on a quilt bigger than the one above though I can see the chance for separation after too much handling. But on this size or smaller, it’s perfect.
All that said…
Christmas this year was magic. Until next year…