This year I decided to be very ambitious and make lap quilts for everyone on my Christmas List. I began my quilts in the summer (working on the QA Gifts issue in July really helps to get me into the holiday spirit), thinking that I would have plenty of time. What a foolish thought that was! With little more than a week left before Christmas morning, I have begun to look at Christmas as a looming deadline instead of a joyous occasion.
As I still live with my parents (until Jan 1 when I move into my very first apartment!!) they have had to go through this quilt making process with me. I don’t have a studio, and hate sewing in cramped spaces, so I have literally taken over their kitchen table. They have patiently put up with me as my mission resulted in no more dinners at the table, the constant humming of my sewing machine when they are trying to watch TV or carry on a conversation, and my occasional frustrated outbursts when something isn’t turning out right. I apologize often for intruding on their space, and they always insist that they don’t mind it. Although I have caught them rolling their eyes once or twice as I mutter to myself about my seeming inability to perfect a binding, I am inclined to believe them. They like to peek over my shoulder from time to time to give their two cents.
Anyway, it is very rewarding to sit with my parents and quilt. It is especially cool when they come over and comment on my fabrics. Sometimes I think that they are just as excited as I am when I come home with new fabric. When I came home with this Dr. Seuss fabric from Robert Kaufman Fabrics (we used to lovingly call my twin brothers Thing One and Thing Two) they were not only amused but thrilled that such a cool fabric line existed. Throughout the entire process of me making the quilts for Matt and Paul (and when I call them lap quilts it is a bit of a stretch, as the twins both are upwards of 6'3" their “lap quilts” are larger than most) my parents and I had a ball trying out different fabric patterns and colors that would work with the fabric. I think perhaps, as a pair, they are my favorite two quilts that I have ever made, simply because of the fun I had making them.
When I first discovered the Dr. Seuss fabric I was giddy with excitement. It is always wonderful to be inspired by fabric. This is the way I felt when Pokey showed me this amazing fabric, Love Birds, by Riley Blake. Although we both were tempted to keep the bundle for ourselves, we decided to get into the Christmas spirit and give it away to one of our community members. So, if you would like to be gifted with this great bundle of fabric, leave a comment and tell us what your favorite homemade gift (that you either gifted yourself or were given) that you have ever received. I will be randomly picking a winner next Monday (December 20th) to receive this Christmas present from your friends at Quilting Arts.