|I baked another loaf of Orange Date-Nut Bread (recipe back one post)|
It's fun to see what shows up as a re-gift from prior years. The current record is a cupcake maker that's been re-gifted five years in a row! Most gifts are new, though. Most are of the general sort, maybe something edible or drinkable, oftentimes useful, and sometimes funny or totally off the wall.
I went with "useful" this year, and the gift I brought to exchange was a quilt. One I'd been working on, off and on, since October, when I started piecing it on vacation.
I used the layer cake of Aspen Frost fabric won in the Hands2Help charity quilt project giveaway earlier in the year—very pretty, holiday-themed fabrics. I followed the tutorial for the Precious Gem quilt, found HERE.
It turned out to be a nice lap quilt size, just right for relaxing on a cozy winter evening.
This was the first time I'd brought a quilt to the Christmas gift exchange. Judging by the fact the quilt was stolen twice, though, it won't be the last. It was fun and encouraging to see a couple people vying to stake their claim on it.
Ultimately, it went home with my niece, who, in her words, was happy to "add it to her collection." I've given her two baby quilts in the past, when each of her boys was born.
She announced her engagement on Christmas, so that was pretty exciting too. That's her fiance photo bombing in the background!
In the process of quilting this quilt, I found my missing Kwik Clip! It had rolled underneath the table of my Juki.
* * * * *In the past few days, I've been giving the blog a little facelift. Made a new header (not at all sure about my design skills, but I gave it a decent effort, anyway). Also tweaked a few things on the sidebar, did some general cleanup, and updated the gallery tab and a few other things. Let me know what you think, if you're so inclined.
|Some after-gift-exchange music time.|
What's near the top of your personal highlight reel for 2016?