Yes, I am talking about Christmas. Ok before you bite my head off think about it, 43 days. I don’t know where the year has gone; it seems like a few weeks ago I was planning a new garden for the backyard. That is long gone at this point, so let’s start planning now.
When I was pregnant for my daughter my due date was in February. That year I had all of my shopping done by Thanksgiving. I still had some sewing to do but I didn’t have to leave the house except to grocery shop. I had plenty of time to decorate, to bake cookies, to wrap presents and to enjoy the season. Now Elizabeth was born 24 years ago and I haven’t been that organized since 1987. Pretty pathetic!!! Every year I remember the joy of the season that I felt that year, every year I say that I am going to get organized and get things done. Ha-ha, it hasn’t happened yet but maybe this year! If I could just get everything ready by the first of December I would be overjoyed.
Starting today I am going to try to get one holiday gift item started or finished or purchased every day. I have a long list of Quilty type gifts to make for the people that I love. The list includes quilts, totes, stockings, wall-hangings, table runners, pillowcases; the list could take up pages and pages. Most of the fabric has been purchased, the buttons, bows, zippers, and trims are lined up on my shelves.
As I get things completed I will share them here with you. I may show you a picture; I may just give you a description and wait until after the holidays for the show and share. I don’t want the recipients to know what they are getting. It may be fun to have pictures of the items and the person who received it. We will have to wait and see.
So hang on and prepare with me – remember to enjoy the season, smile when you shop, don’t be angry when someone cuts you off, hum Christmas Carols it will really annoy the grinches, most importantly wish people a Merry Christmas!
This is the quilt that started it all.
This weekend I was invited to a birthday party. We have all been invited to many birthday parties in our lifetimes. What makes this birthday party so special is that it was a party for a friend – a friend who is a Quilter.
When I moved to Maine 4 years ago I knew a few people. I really would not have considered any of them friends. They were acquaintances. Then I joined a Quilt guild.
Quilters are such wonderful caring and sharing people. One of the first projects that I got involved with was a raffle quilt. We met a few times to cut fabric, make packets for members and eventually to assemble the quilt. The person who was the chairperson of the raffle quilt is Ardy – I went to her birthday party on Saturday.
As a result of my participation in the quilt chapter I have met FRIENDS. People, who I can call on in a times of need, people who I quilt with and laugh with and eat gum drops with and do charitable work with.
When I look back at my life I have made my best friends through either church or quilting, two organizations that as their goal is to comfort people. This month my quilt group is making tote bags for a battered women’s shelter. We will make handmade quilted tote bags and fill them with things that we take for granted in life, toiletries, socks, underwear etc. These woman run and they only grab their kids and what they can carry which usually isn’t much.
So thank you Ardy for inviting me to your birthday party and more importantly thank you for being my friend. Thank you quilters for being the kind, welcoming, giving, fun, caring people that you are, I am very happy to call you my friends!
I have been thinking of starting a blog for a very long time. I have had lots of doubts about it – I wonder…..
Who will read it?
Will anyone care about what I have to say?
What will I say?
Then I think I have never had a difficult time talking to people so now I will just talk in a different way. Written words rather than spoken words.
Well here goes – I am going to share some of my favorite things (think “girls in white dressed with blue satin sashes”) – my quilting, my cooking, the beach, the ocean – a few of my favorite things. I will share things that I create and things that are beautiful around me.
Hopefully I will be able to make you laugh or smile with me. See some of the things that I create out of fabric and some of the beautiful coast of Maine.
Please let me know what you think….. be kind.