I volunteered for layoff this year. It's such a great deal for me, I couldn't resist. Rich isn't a huge fan but he's living with it. He really likes having a stay at home wife. Old habits die hard, I suppose.
Layoff started the week of Christmas so, I didn't feel like I'd have tons of extra time to make presents this year. That totally stressed me out last time.
Instead, I did something for myself. I made this kit while I worked at Sweet Annies' using some of my all time favorite fabrics from the shop. It's sat in my cupboard for years. I did the center applique earlier this year and finally finished the rest on my first week of layoff. And, like all my well laid plans, I jacked it up royally. Just when I feel like I know what I'm doing (quilting wise), I prove myself wrong in the worst way. First, I mis-cut those rose colored pieces. Naturally, I only had just enough and I'm too cheap and lazy to go search for more. It's from Moda's Aviary and is probably 10 years old. So, I pieced the pieces and fixed the problem Then, when I put everything together, I cut off my corners like crazy! Squares in squares suck! Seriously, I did such a terrible job! The picture doesn't give enough detail to see how bad it is. I've never been good at them. I followed all the tricks. I made sure my 1/4" allowance was a scant. Nope. Most of my corners are gone. Good thing this one if for me. It's embarrassing. But, honestly, aren't the colors pretty? I wish I could live in a world colored like this.
Then, because it was Christmas, I started a fun Christmas project. Again, Carol had given this to me years ago as a gift. It's so pretty. The pattern shows it in pinks and mauves but I chose to do blues and greens. It's gonna be great. But, now that the season is past, I find I'm not so motivated for this project. Well, at least I've got a whole year before I'd use it. And, yeah, I'm going to regret embellishing it before quilting but I just couldn't help myself.