After last week’s Christmas post my friend Eleanor sent me a photograph of the nativity she purchased while studying for her master’s degree in Paris many years ago. I couldn’t resist placing it at the top of this post. She emailed “The villager I love the most is the woman carrying a cradle (she’s got it on her head!)”
My response: “Fascinating. I especially love that some of the people surrounding the Lord have their hands raised in praise :-). The common and poor, the old and the young, as well as the wealthy, all came to worship the Lord and bring their gifts.”
To read a post I wrote about my dear friend Eleanor click here. Thanks for sharing this sweet scene with us Eleanor!
And now on to the “Snuggle Switcharoo” 😊
I’d originally planned to gift my red, white and silver quilt to my parents. We haven’t exchanged gifts with them for years. Instead we spend time together going to plays or concerts – or just out to dinner. But this year I felt the need to make them a “snuggle” (it’s what my grandkids call lap quilts). This year I’d also planned to make a snuggle for Mike. He and I don’t usually exchange gifts either because the Lord has blessed us so richly, and we have more than enough. But I’d made two winter quilt tops last year and wanted to get them quilted, finished and enjoyed.
I got the binding on the above quilt and then dove right into quilting this lovely bordered “flannel panel” I’d purchased in Lodi, WI while on a retreat.
I layered it with a thick, cuddly fleece and began to quilt. The frustration was that, as I quilted it, every dog hair in the house that wasn’t attached to Koda came flying through the air and crash landed on the black flannel under the needle of my machine (ok, maybe I exaggerate a bit 😊). Mike and Koda are just about inseparable, but Mike is also fastidious and spends a lot of time using a lint roller on his clothes. I was sure a flannel quilt that attracts dog hair would not be a great gift for him.
What to do??? I continued to quilt it, but I lost some of my enthusiasm. Then I realized that no one knew my plan except me. So I finished the flannel quilt by echoing the motifs in the center,
and adding holly leaves in the red.
And the plan??? I decided to do a switcheroo and give the flannel snuggle to Dad and Mom – since they don’t have a dog 😁.
It was such a joy to give Mike his snowflake snuggle on Christmas morning.
And Mom and Dad loved their’s (even though I forgot to snap a photo). They wanted to hang it on a wall – but I tried to talk them into snuggling with it. We’ll see 😊!
Have a wonderful last week of 2021!