I am a sucker for compliments on my work. That is how M got this quilt a few years ago. While I was making the scrapbuster quilt top, P mentioned several times how much she liked it especially the PINK strips in the middle of each block. I decided at the time that this quilt would be a gift for her. I didn't let her see that I was working on it again. I worked while she napped and after she went to bed. The two days before Christmas she spent a lot of time in the basement helping dad. I got much done then.
It took me a long time to decide about the quilting. I ended up doing some liberated lines that follow the shape of the scraps. Once the decision was made I jumped to work.
Things were looking good. It was Christmas Eve and I had the binding halfway sewn on - then, I realized that the edge of the quilt did not lie flat. Because the edge of the quilt is all bias it had gotten stretched. I took the binding off, steamed the quilt edge flat, and started again with the binding. I washed the finished quilt for that soft crumply old quilt look and feel.
She was very excited when she opened the quilt on Christmas and even asked to be sewn into it for her nap!
That is what I call a successful gift.
It warms my heart to give a lovingly made gift and see the recipient be so genuinely happy with it.