After taking a week off homeschooling, I feel better. Not only did it give me a bit of a breather, which I really needed, but I trained the boys to put away their own laundry and clean their own room, and Kira to do the laundry. This is a big help, and I feel content.
Another thing I feel happy about: I have finally gotten started on the quilt I wanted to make Jasper for Christmas. I know, I know, I'm starting late...it's just going to be a simple patchwork of squares, but I did want to make it full size (to fit on a twin bed) and I also am not exactly experienced. The only other quilt I made was a doll quilt. And I guess I made a quilted purse too, although it wasn't very impressive--the seams were all crooked.
Plus, I am planning on embroidering his name over a few squares...and hand quilting the entire thing. Hmmm. Well, it's good to be ambitious, right?
The past few days I have left my cutting mat out on top of the freezer in the back room, and I have been cutting a few squares every time I go in there to do laundry or get something out of storage. At least I am getting started. I will just have to see how far I can get by Christmas.
I was lucky to receive some really cute fabric from a kind reader to help with this project. I really appreciated that because cost is an issue for me--the entire reason I decided to make a quilt to begin with was that we needed more blankets and I wasn't able to spend the money on all-cotton bedding. I did however, decide to buy just one yard of fabric to add in. It was only $5. Jasper really has a thing for horses, and I found this fabric on Etsy that I think he will love. I hope it gets here soon!
I still haven't decided if I will stuff the quilt with sewn-together old cloth diapers, or if I will use two flannel sheets sewn together. I am leaning towards the sheets though, because I don't want to make this project overwhelming for myself.
Is anyone else working on gifts for Christmas right now?