I finally finished my parents Christmas gift.....and only a month late too! Last year's gift (a family portrait) was not received until November. So I am improving. Next year's gift might even get to spend a little time under the tree. Well, let's just aim for December okay?? :)
This was a quilt kit that I bought from a local quilt shop. I adore everything Heather Bailey, and I loved the quilt. The only change I made was the binding. I really like to bias cut my binding, especially with a stripe, and there wasn't enough fabric in the kit for that. I couldn't find any of the Fresh Cut stripe locally, and I was too impatient to buy it online, so I found another stripe I liked and used that. The quilt had a few major catastrophes.....never leave your kids access to a WIP while you sneak in a quick shower......but after all is said and done I am really pleased. There was a HUGE pucker that made me really sad, but you know, once I washed and dried the quilt it was barely noticeable. My mom loves it which is the most important thing so YAY! Mission accomplished.
In other fun news, a week or so ago, sewmamasew.com asked people what their favorite quilting books were. I listed mine and was chosen randomly to win a fat quarter stack! YAY!! I just got them yesterday and love the fun variety. I am on a bit of a fabric diet, so free fabric was a great surprise!
And this picture??? This is my newly retired father at my nephew Eli's 2nd birthday party. I think retirement suits him, don't you??