Before I start today’s blog post, I want to take a minute to thank you all for the cards and well wishes you all have sent my way. This is just a small sampling of them. It’s so sweet and appreciated. Thank you so much.
I was a busy little elf this year.
I gifted five quilts….
A stack of pillowcases…I think 10 total. That wasn’t too bad. I think I’ll be making more of them as the years pass. I had a blog reader, Ila, gift some Christmas fabric to me so I think I’ll make Christmas pillow cases for them all next year…Pillowcases aren’t hard at all and the tutorial I used from Youtube (find it here) was fabulous. I wish I would be ambitious and just make the Christmas pillow cases now but…I know me and likely won’t. (Although with Rosie here that would be something I could easily sew here on the main floor of the house with the Featherweight.) We will see.
I made five pincushions.
Yes…I can count. I gifted one before I took the picture! I have a blog post coming up Saturday morning that will tell you more about them. These were really fun to make and I look forward to trying a few other projects from the book.
That is the most I’ve ever made for gift giving for Christmas. Typically I make big plans and then peter out. Of course I buy all of the stuff to make them…just don’t get them made. This year, I think I started early enough and the small projects were more realistic to handle. Plus, as I finished each project, a little momentum kicked in and I worked to keep that momentum going.
The childcare kids liked their quilts. I sent a note to their parents that asked them to please let the kids use the quilts. I told them that if the quilts were damaged or if seams came loose to just let me know and I’d repair it. Seriously, I went to all the work to make them, I want the kids to use them.
About 10 minutes after presents were opened, the kids asked, “Can we build a blanket fort?”
Here you can see three of the five quilts in action….
Oh they had fun. I didn’t have a single kitchen or dining room chair left..the kiddos took them all for their forts. It was really sweet.
Someone asked if the kids who don’t get one mind….they don’t. It’s kind of a right of passage as to who gets a quilt and who doesn’t. They all know they will get one…it’s just a matter of time.
I’ll admit, I’m already thinking about what I’d make or do for next year. I don’t have kids at the age that they need quilts. Typically I make them if the child entered kindergarten the fall before Christmas. I figure they are old enough to take care of them by then and they are in a bigger bed. So being I won’t be making quilts, I don’t know if I’ll be making anything…but, I did pick up a bag that has a doll bed type pocket at the thrift store for 50 cents. I was thinking about trying to “modernize” it a bit and make that for the girls. I’m thinking I’ll make one for my grandkids Georgia and Lucy at least. But making these will be like most everything…it’s just as easy to make a few as it is to make one.
We’ll see where life takes me. Christmas 2020 is a long ways away. I’d love to hear what you all made this year. Did you make any homemade gifts? I always am looking for ideas.