The quilt I wanted to share, but couldn’t

This is the quilt that I gave to Chris’s grandmother for Christmas this year. I’ve had the top done for some time now, but never posted pictures of it because it was a gift. This quilt was made from the Turning Twenty Around the Block pattern by Tricia Cribbs. This is probably the fourth or fifth quilt I’ve made using this pattern, but I’ve lost count. It’s very easy to put together, the instructions are well written – you could definitely do worse for a quilt. The best part is, you can use fat quarters, which means you can collect fabric over time and then put them all to use with this pattern. I like that a lot.

 

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The two day quilt

I am a bad aunt.

My family exchanges Christmas gifts on Christmas Eve every year. It’s been this way for as long as I can remember – since I was just a kid, really. So you’d think that with a hard deadline date like that, it couldn’t sneak up on me, but it does, far too often. This year, on the 22nd of December, it hit me. Hard. I’d forgotten to buy a gift for one of the kids. In my defense, this is a “new” kid to our family, my brother’s 10 month old son. I don’t see him often, and we didn’t buy gifts for all the kids this year (we drew name for the six older kids, then my sister took one of the babies (my brother has two) and I took the other). So it was easy to forget the gift for the youngest member of the family.

Told ya, I’m a bad aunt. There’s no justifying it, but I’ll try!

Anyway, on the 22nd, I realized I needed a gift. We had spent our Christmas budget (plus some) so I really didn’t have much in the way of money to buy something. So I started digging around in my stash to see what I could find. Now, this is where the rubber meets the road for a quilter – when things get tough, do you have the fabric to pull something together that’s brilliant without having to spend any additional money? Fortunately, my stash came through for me with flying colors! Don’t believe me? Judge for yourself …

I love the way it turned out. I used Sandy Gervais’ (for Moda) Nautical and Nice charm pack and jelly roll for the colorful blocks – I bought it at the beginning of summer, just because I liked it. The large cream colored blocks were from some fabric I’ve had for at least five years, probably much longer. I backed it with a seashell tone-on-tone print that I’ve had just as long.

It has inspired me to purchase more charm packs this year, possibly two at a time, so I can always be prepared with quick quilting ideas when presented with a last minute need. Making this quilt in two days (yes, it was done by Christmas Eve morning)  has further inspired me to make a couple of quilts to keep for last minute gifts that don’t require a lot of hustle. LOL I have two quilt tops that should be quilted this coming year; I think I’ll keep them for this purpose, and hopefully have them completed before the end of March, just in case.

Wow

I am shocked and ashamed at how bad I’ve let my blogging slide in the last year. It’s just … pitiful! I could put up a defense about how I’ve been so busy I haven’t had time to do it, but we’re all busy and it’s a cop-out excuse. I could say that having my house in utter disarray over the last year and not knowing whether I should be prepared to move or not just about did me in (and it would be true), but everyone has challenges they deal with every day. I could, in fact, come up with 700 different excuses as to why I haven’t been blogging, but each one would be more pathetic than the last. Instead I’ll just say this – I didn’t blog. I should have, but I didn’t. And 2011 is just about over, so there’s not a lot I can do to salvage it.

But I can attempt to do better in 2012. I am going to commit to blogging at least once a week in this space over the coming year. Starting today, I am going to say SOMETHING here every week, even if it’s to say that I’ve nothing to say. And I’ll try to post more photos.

My apologies to all who hoped to find inspiration here, but instead couldn’t even find me! I’ll do better in the future. I really must – I need to reconnect with myself, and my creative outlets are the way to do that. Watch this space for better blogging to come soon!