I had lots of plans today. I was going to admire my new floors, I was going to go grocery shopping, I was going to try to design a new quilt. All for naught. I had a delivery from my UPS man today. It is our new Christmas collection - Jingles. It is our first flannel collection and it is yummy. (This is a picture of it on the new, shiny floor. Don't mind me - I will pat myself on the back so much - I will dislocate my shoulder) This got Polly and I to thinking. Yes, a dangerous state of mind....
Do you make your Christmas gifts? Have you started? Did you make Christmas gifts last year?
I know that there is a lot of talk and some confirmed statistics that during an economic downturn that home sewing increases. I always try to make some gifts, but it is time that is my enemy in that department. People who love to sew, stitch, or hook are always generous with their art - we give it away to our friends and loved ones. Let's face it - making a quilt for someone is not cheap. Our time is valuable and if you are reading this blog - you are probably hip to buying premium fabrics and tools. We want the best if we are spending our money and time on a project. I know I do. It is heartening to know that when people are faced with challenges that they make something with their own hands for someone that literally "comforts" them - a quilt.
What we don't tell the receiver of such a gift is that it comforts us too. It really is better to give than to receive.
You can take the following anecdote with a grain of salt - last fall at Quilt Market there was talk of bad times ahead and lots of predictions of doom and gloom. At Spring Market last week I heard very little of that. Hardly any at all, really. While some people's financial situations are far from rosy, it seems our industry is surviving just fine. It seems that if you have to cut something out of your budget - sewing, thankfully, is not on the list.
So with these thoughts - we decided to help you a bit with your Christmas Gift list. Comment about making Christmas gifts, or your home sewing habits lately and you could be eligible for a "Jingles" quilt kit.Everything you need to make the top is here and the instructions are included. Jingles flannels ship next month to your local quilt shop and the pattern is a free download from the Moda website.
Comment before midnight on Friday, May 29th and the winner will be drawn at random.
And the first person who says they have ALL of their Christmas shopping done already - is automatically disqualified from the drawing. Kidding.
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