Thursday, December 15, 2011

Christmas Gift Giving Obsession

Every once in a while I become overwhelmed with thoughts of making a quilt for someone. Two years ago I finished a quilt for a Christmas gift for a teenage client (click here to see that quilt) and last year I finished 2 quilts for my sisters-in-law, and one for my Aunt (click here to see them). And it's happened again this year! I have learned to trust my intuition, and when an idea doesn't let me go, I follow it.
Last week I was just so touched by one of the client stories I heard, that I just couldn't shake the impulse to finish a quilt for her (and all the stories I hear every day are awful, so you can just imagine...) 
So after some thought, and trying to make this idea go away ("it's Christmas" and "I'm too busy") this it the quilt that demanded to be the one to be gifted.
I showed the blocks on this design wall posting in October and hadn't worked on it since. Why, oh why couldn't THE quilt be one that already had borders on, or was nearing completion?!?!?  NOPE...had to put the Christmas elf into overdrive to get the blocks together and the borders on. 
There was enough leftover fabric to add to a piece of yardage to make an easy backing, and the pin basting is already done. 
Now for the quilting... 

15 comments:

  1. Kathy, Any of your clients are so Blessed to be recieving one of your quilts. Its comes with alot of love, emotion and hard work! Well done!!

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  2. that is a GREAT quilt, love the colors and the design

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  3. I just read your profile, WOW....
    I am half way around the world from being in a situation like you may deal with, when I was a child/teen.....

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  4. I know exactly how you feel about your quilt demanding to be made and given. It is a lovely quilt.

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  5. So good of you to make the time to do this for someone who must really need the blessing, or you wouldn't have been so moved to act! Compassion is often a healing force in people's lives and you are demonstrating your compassion with this generous act. This will be so appreciated--it is a beautiful quilt.

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  6. Glad you quit fighting with yourself and are moving forward . . . giving of ourselves is what makes this season special. The rest of the stuff will get done - enjoy working on the quilt!

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  7. Sometimes quilts just KNOW where they are destined to live *s*

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  8. It's a very nice quilt, great subtle colouring and I love the layout! I have no doubt it will be warmly received and treasured!!!

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  9. So generous of you to share one of your lovely quilts with someone in need of a good hug. Such a pretty quilt.

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  10. lovely quilt-following your instincts are right on.

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  11. You're an angel, Kathy, in the form of a quilter. The quilt is lovely.

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  12. Your post gave me chill bumps, and I'm sure your efforts will be appreciated. It's a beautiful quilt.

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  13. Love that quilt Kathy and that you are following your impulses...I too have these nudges and they just don't let you go. I always struggle with making the time to do it too, but am always glad that I followed through :-). And, have a great hubby that does dishes, cleans up behind me so I can finish one of these types of projects!! It's so worth it to bless someone with our quilting.

    Hugs, Jacqui

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  14. You are very Generous and I'm sure the recipient will love it. That leaves just one UFO not Finished on your List there on Your sidebar! CONGRATS!

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  15. What a kind and generous thing to do! Your clients are very fortunate to have you.

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