I hope everyone had an absolutely wonderful day today. I had a great day with family. I got to watch my girls enjoy the day, and they are nestled all snug in their beds with their new favorite toys. Now I get to head down to the sewing area and put away all my new goodies! I got a thread organizer (the BIG wooden one, I've long since outgrown the smaller one!), some purse hardware, some interfacing, a ribbon organizer, and an adorable button bracelet from Glitter Workshop... Someone who knows me VERY well must've shopped for me!*
*That would be me. But my hubby did a very good job keeping it away from me for the month since I bought it all, so it was like new!
In gifting news, I think I've mentioned before that I planned to make the City Harbor quilt from City Quilts for my husband. He was out of town from Monday through Thursday, and I told him before he left that there was no way the quilt would be done for Christmas, but I'd aim for his birthday in March. He looked like he didn't believe me, so I showed him the purchased but uncut fabric. Then he looked sad. What was I to do?
I cut it out Monday morning, sewed the strips Monday night, sewed the strips together Tuesday morning, made the quilt sandwich Tuesday night, quilted it Wednesday, ALL day, started binding it Wednesday night and finished Thursday morning, just in time to get it washed, dried, and under the tree before hubby's flight got in!
Here it is modeled by my two five-year-old helpers standing on the coffee table.
The backing is a nice charcoal grey flannel, you can sort of see it at the top corner there. Someday I hope to get a decent picture of this, since it's the first quilt I've made from a pattern, the biggest quilt I've ever made, and certainly by far the FASTEST I have ever made a quilt! And I certainly hope to never have to make one that quickly again. I owe it all to my wonderful mother in law who always stays with me when hubby travels and who kept the girls away as much as humanly possible so I could work like a maniac on this thing!
My awesome sister in law got me Elizabeth Harman's Practical Guide to Patchwork for Christmas, and my giveaway prize from Sweet Pea Fabrics arrived, so as soon as the holiday hubbub dies down, I'll be putting those two together to make something for me! A nice girly quilt to curl up under while my hubby is cozy with his manly blue quilt.