December 21, 2012 - 6:48 pm

Four More Days

How did this happen? How can there only be four more days until Christmas?

Every year, I have promised myself that I was going to get quilts made for each of my grandchildren. Every year, I have failed. I have always waited until it was too late, too late even to begin to make a decision on what kind of quilt each child would get.

This year is different. Abby’s quilt is at the quilter. Of course, I am still going to have to trim it out and bind it. Oh, and I guess I had better get the binding made. But I still have four more days, right?

I made these cute Critter Coverlets for C.J. and Ceirnan. The only good thing about making these is that when they are done, they’re done and they’re cute. No binding, no trimming, just done! The bad part about making these is one uses a satin stitch for all the detail work and appliqué. I have made up my own definition of satin stitch: a method of doing appliqué, using miles and miles of thread while sewing at a snail’s pace.

Printed panels have become my saving grace for the other three children. For some reason or another, it seems kind of wrong to use them. I feel like I’m kind of cheating by not standing there at my cutting table cutting little squares and rectangles out of yards and yards of fabric and sewing it all back together again.

What I have done though, is come up with a little “drag-around” quilt that will (I hope) delight each one. It may not fit in with the décor of each household, but I think that is OK.

So Evan’s quilt top is done but remains to be quilted. His favorite movie is “Cars,” and he knows all the characters by heart. What could be more appropriate for him than a “Cars” quilt! I still have four more days, and it shouldn’t be too much of a problem to get it quilted.

Brooke is a book lover and has a soft spot in her heart for animals. She and I enjoy reading together, and one of our favorites is Eric Carle’s book, “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?” Her little quilt features pages from the book. All that’s left to do is sewing on the top and bottom border, as well as the quilting and binding. But then, I’ve still got four more days.

Jackson is learning his letters. So he is getting a brightly colored quilt that has a letter of the alphabet along with an animal printed in squares. It’s always a treat to find what animal will be designated for the letter X. In this case, they’ve used the word X-Ray and show three fish swimming. The middle fish is just a skeleton, though. It ought to be pretty interesting to hear how his mom and dad explain that one.

Jackson’s quilt is in the process of being quilted.  I figure I have about two more hours – well, maybe three or four – to go on that and I should be done and have nothing left to do except for trimming it out and adding the binding. But I’ve still got four more days, so that shouldn’t be a problem.

Four more days! Four more days until Christmas seems like forever to a little child who is waiting for Santa.

Four more days is like a blink of an eye to this grandma who knows she can’t make a quilt in a day but tries anyway.

Aaaaaarrrrrggghhhhh! I wonder if I will ever learn!

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