Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Wisely, I surrendered !

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Last Thursday I showed the two blocks that I had finished for a project that was due yesterday (Monday) for our office Christmas Secret Santa luncheon. We have only 2 ladies at our office, and I was fortunate to have chosen the "easy recipient" as far as gift-giving was concerned. I initially intended to make her a quilt to keep warm in the edit room. She's a "thin mint", very tiny, and always cold. As a gift from her Secret Santa(me), she received a mug and an assortment of teas. The game we play is to decide who gave you the gift. Her first pick was me. OK, so I guess I'm transparent. I'm the Office Mother, always concerned for my kidlets, you just can't shut that OFF. After her guess on the first package, I pulled the wrapped quilt from behind my back...if I had given that first everyone would have known where it came from. I guess it really didn't matter after all, now did it!

Once again, my ideas and expectations were wildly out of my reach. Will I EVER learn? Each block took 30 minutes (paper-pieced) and by Sunday morning I had completed only 16. Mind you, on Saturday my errands included a bank, haircut, Target, lottery, grocery and Starbucks, and on Sunday I had to be at work from 11-4. I intended to be removing the paper from the blocks on Sunday, but I got involved with the tribute we were shooting and that never got done. I had made the decision late Saturday that she could just use it for whatever...a small lap warmer, a wallhanging, a table topper. She's a young lady, mid-20's who's fiance is a resident....good as a starving college student, lol.

I utility machine quilted around the blocks and once on the diagonal with invisable thread. I was up at 3:30am yesterday morning (woke without the alarm-ha!) and put on the binding and hand-stitched it down. Got it in the wash during my shower before work and it was wrapped and ready to go.

The lavish quilt shrunk to a finished 28" square or so. It is hung with care in her cubicle right behind her laptop. I'm happy. She's thrilled.

Sometimes you just have to surrender, glad I listened to the little voices.

14 comments:

The Calico Cat said...

It turned out beautifully! So scrappy & scrumptious!

Erika said...

Last minute momma!

Hedgehog said...

It's beautiful - love the wreath is makes.

Kay said...

It is lovely--a soft take on the Christmas colors.

Debra Spincic said...

Fab-O!

Jeri said...

Gosh, I really like it. The colors glow. You done good!!

Rian said...

It's beautiful and I'm sure Ms. Recipient is also very glad you listened to the little voices.

Shelina said...

What a beautiful quilt! Waiting until the last minute is exactly like something I would do. With my luck, though, I would forget to take it out of the dryer to give it to the recipient.
I've heard of several people who wash their quilts before they give them to their recipients. Is there any special reason you do that? Cause I always give the quilts away unwashed, and let them see the transformation for themselves.

Susan said...

It's very pretty, with the mottled look from the fabrics you used.

The Carolina Quilter said...

You are officially welcomed into the Procrastinators Anonymous Club. Your official documentation will arrive . . . when I get around to it! It's beautiful. I know she loves it.

Jane Ann said...

It's really beautiful, Nancy, and I think you've discovered a whole new niche: cube decorating! Everybody hates working in cubes, and this will undoubtedly make it more enjoyable. Lucky girl!

QuiltingFitzy said...

Thank you to everyone for your kind comments...those "no reply"
email addys drive me batty! 8^)

Happy Holidays!

Sande said...

Big or small, it's beautiful!

Carmiña said...

What a lovely gift.
It looks beautiful.
tahnks for share.