So over a year ago I bought a pack of material at the 2012 Country Living fair with some (ok a tiny bit) of encouragement from Morag. I knew exactly what I would use it for - a Christmas quilt.
And so I made myself a promise that it would be ready for Christmas. And then reality jumped up and slapped me around the face so I made another more reachable promise. I would have it ready for next Christmas. And here it is!
The fabric is Dear Mr Claus by Cosmo Cricket for Moda Fabrics, and it appears to be pretty much sold out in the UK now. It has a vintage feel that I loved straight away and I'm pretty traditional with Christmas colours so I loved the off white, red and green colour palette.
I pictured snuggling under it watching Christmas movies. I want to be able to pull it out every December so the kids can use it for cuddling up, making tents, dens and it growing more loved every year.
In my head I planned a 'Christmas in July' ironically tltled blog post in eh July with a finished quilt to share with you. But alas no, other projects bumped it further down the queue.
So it got to August and the fabric still remained untouched, and with December seeming not to far away I figured I better get a move on.
The quilt is smallish - I figured dragging it around for a month would be helped by a more petite size but it's big enough for a grown human or two little 'uns to wrap up in. The backing is some striped fabric I picked up somewhere and the quilting is nothing fancy but I loved the Dear Mr Claus fabric so much I wanted it to be the star. I also added in the mouse fabric which Morag gave me and I used some red dotty fabric I had left over from Grier's quilt.
I added some little red pompom trim around the border which might actually be my favourite thing about the quilt.
Now for the full disclosure - I've just washed the quilt after a nectarine incident and it needs some minor repairs - I imagine it may need many more over the next 20 years. But that's ok - it's taken me more than a year to make so a few touch ups here and there are manageable.
What I really hope is that this piece of homemade comfort will become part of my children's festive memories, that when I unfold this from it's box every December they will wrap themselves in it. And wipe their nectarine juice on it.