Not being one to steal the show from Thanksgiving, I wait until a day or two after Thanksgiving to put up our Christmas decorations. But, how am I supposed to do this little give-away if I don't start well before the holidays? So, with Christmas carols happily playing in the background, I've been dreaming and playing and snipping and stitching up the most cheerful fabrics I could find. It's not quite finished yet, but I wanted to get you in on the give-away now.
This quilt I've named "If Only In My Dreams." I know...the name isn't original. It comes from one of my favorite secular Christmas songs by Bing Crosby, "I'll Be Home For Christmas." The song may not be original, but this design definitely is. I set out with the objective to evoke warm, happy feelings of home...family, friends, love, memories. Home-- where we come together at Christmas to celebrate God's indescribable Gift of Love to us--Jesus Christ. Home--where our families reside and where memories of loved ones no longer with us linger on in our hearts. Home--a safe haven from the world, a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of the season.
I admit that I'd love to keep this creation for myself! Abby tells me I say that about every quilt I make. And I guess it's true. But I won't. This is for one of you. It measures just over 26 inches square, and if it's something you'd like to have just, leave me a comment. Or you could send me an email. Or you can tell me on Facebook. I'll draw randomly from all the entries and announce the winner on Thanksgiving. If you'd like, tell me your favorite Christmas tradition, or, well, anything you want to tell me about Christmas! And PLEASE let me know who you are! I don't want to have to do detective work to figure out who wins! If you don't want your name on the internet, send me an email at:
laurat1962 at yahoo dot com
I'm gonna do something else this time. Let me know what you think I should name the snowman and the little blue bird. I may be good with fabric, but I'm not so good with names. Alyssa is, however. She won my Christmas give-away a couple years ago.
**Edited to add: If you suggest names, I'll enter you TWICE! :-)
"I'm not homeless, just nameless. Help, please!"
"I'd sing even sweeter if I had a name!!"
I'll give Tom a list of all the suggestions for each, and if he likes your name best, I'll send you a handmade Christmas ornament. So we'll have two winners for the ornaments. I'm trusting there are some very creative people who can help me out with these names. I can't wait to read all the submissions!
Remember, the quilt will be a random drawing. Anyone can enter! And hopefully by the weekend, I'll have pictures of the completed quilt.
OK, back to the needle and floss.