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Planning for the Holidays

Apparently the dam has broken, and now I have a bit of a flood.  Let me explain..

Pretty much right after I wrote my post about not having any quilt goals, I called my parents to find out if my dad was still interested in a quilt for Christmas. He was, and I quickly got the details.

Me: “So do you want typical dude quilt colors?”
Dad: “Not necessarily! I like blues AND greens AND greys.”
Me: “And browns?”
Dad: “Yes, browns would be nice, too!”
Me: “So… typical dude quilt colors.”

Not that I’m complaining! I have been loving navy for the last year or so, and I am totally taking this opportunity to make a quilt featuring a lot of it. And once I thought of that, I remembered this gorgeous urban lattice quilt made by Erika @ Midwest Family Life. And once I re-found the image, I realized this is what I’m going to make for my dad. In dude quilt colors, obv.

Then, this last weekend, I went down to visit my brother and his family. I adore my 9-year old niece, and I told her I’d make her a quilt for Christmas. She’s the only other leftie in the family, is learning to program, is an artist, and she told me that she’s going to be just like me when she grows up. *heart grows 3 sizes bigger*

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So I asked her what she wanted on her quilt. And because she is apparently following in my footsteps in all the ways, she announced that she wanted a DRAGON quilt. (I have loved dragons since around her age, too!) I sketched her a couple of baby dragons during a previous visit, and she said she wanted that on her quilt. In the colors of the good dragons in the Eragon series (blue, green and gold).

I have NO idea how I’m going to accomplish this, but I really want to make it work. Paper-piecing is my first instinct. Appliqué might be easier? Especially if I want to keep those curved lines. But appliqué sounds hard.

So with those two projects in mind, I am set for seasonal quilting. And then of course earlier this week Sarah @ {no} hats in the house posted her mind-blowingly amazing shooting stars quilt. I am seriously over the moon (pun not originally intended, but now very intended) about this quilt, especially the low volume side. I can’t get enough of it.

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And after staring at it for a long time, I remembered my old Skill Builder BOM blocks I did back in January (and then promptly quit participating because: time) which I did low volume + rainbow shot cottons.

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And then it all clicked in regards to this design I’ve been sitting on for months. So now I really want to work on that, TOO. It’s going to be a busy holiday season, that’s for sure!

I was so worried I had run out of things to work on. I really need to learn to enjoy my down time between projects instead of fearing it!

-Anne

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