When you make your own gifts, one of the best feelings is knowing that the recipient truly appreciates the handmade item that you gave them. This Christmas, one of the best moments for me was when my brother’s girlfriend opened up the apron I made her, put it on immediately, exclaimed, “now I feel like I belong in the kitchen,” and ran back to the stove to fetch the delicious mussels that she was serving as an appetizer. Such a nice reaction.
The only thing that is better than giving a well-appreciated gift is receiving something handmade for yourself. Here is where Alpine Auntie comes in. From the moment she picked our family when we divvied up the gift giving over the summer, I thought – I hope she makes us a quilt.
Well, she did. And I love it. And each family member has had a turn napping with it on the couch. So, so pretty! When I put it away every evening in the basket that sits on the floor in the living room, it is always carefully folded and placed on top. So that I can catch glimpses of it when I walk by. It makes me smile.
Of course, I have inspected her handiwork and am so impressed. I think I need a lesson from her on hand-binding. Her blind stitching is impeccable. The funny thing is, I think I may have taught her how to blind stitch. She’s certainly perfected the art.
Thank you Alpine Auntie. As you know, this beautiful quilt is already much loved in our little home. We couldn’t have received a sweeter, more thoughtful gift.
The last image is of the quilt all folded up with two special gifts I received from City Auntie and Grammy. The stack of Amy Butler August Fields fabric is destined to become a new spring bag, just for me. Wow, is it gorgeous and has such a nice weight. The pincushion, which was handmade in Guatemala and purchased free-trade, now brightens up all of my little sewing endeavors. I plan to buy a whole lot of gorgeous linen very soon with a gift card that Adventure Auntie gave me to a wonderful fabric store. And Grandmama tells me I just may become the owner of a red and white ticking skirt that I was hoping to have made for our Christmas tree. I guess it pays to have a blog. ( Ha ha.) You end up receiving the most perfect gifts!