...I LOVE Christmas. More than anything else. Okay. Except coffee. I REALLY love coffee, but I digress.
I look forward to the Santa Claus parade every year because that's the day CHFI begins to play Christmas music 24 hours a day. Christmas lights make driving anywhere loads of fun, everything in public looks a lot prettier all jazzed up for the holidays, people are nicer, and I get to buy peppermint mochas at starbucks. Yippee!
This year, I am making two (yup, still determined to make a matched pair) Christmas Tree quilts. I was home sick for a chunk and so I was able to get some work done on them in between napping and wanting to rip my own ears off to escape the pain of my sinus infection.
|This was one of TWO piles that needed to be sewn.|
|Pieces, ready to be sewn together to make 48 tree blocks|
|This was the step I began to loathe the most. I cut 384 stooooopid corners off these tree parts. 384! I have slicer's thumb. It's for real. Trust.|
|Veritable fabric flinging|
...became an official forest! And once I got to that point, I couldn't stop. I had to see this thing through!
|Two finished rows of trees - or, as I like to think, half my trees finished!|
And soon enough....
|Close up - notice how the rows are slightly off-set? Love it!|
The intention is for these to become a couple of Christmas gifts so I can't lose any of my momentum or excitement or I might not get them completed in time. I aim to have the tops done by the end of this weekend. It may be a lofty goal and I might, in fact, not achieve it. However, the pieces for the second top are finished and after I lay it out, it feels like it goes together pretty quickly. Then I have to get the backings together and.....yikes....the quilting! I feel like I just want to do a looser loop-de-loop all over both tops. I hypothesize that doing that will speed up the whole process - but I may just be crazy. And a bonus - binding it doesn't scare me so much any more. I think I'm getting faster and once winter sets in, I can huddle under the quilt while I bind it. Score!