By the time I got to the post office this morning, just a few minutes before 9 am, there were 15 people in front of me.
I almost turned around and got back into my car. Not only did I have to be somewhere at 9:30, but I also had Baby J with me. Did I really want to face a potential meltdown that my toddler is so good at these days? Was I prepared for the her inevitable no-i-will-not-move-unless-you-drag-me-out-kicking-and-screaming shenanigan? I put my coat back on, and fiddled with my key ring.
And then, I remembered the date, so I stayed.
I'm glad I did, because I had quite a few packages go out the door.
This block was put together with directions provided by Camille, from her quilt pattern "Swoon". Thank you Camille, for sharing these directions with us! Each contributor provided a block, and the combination thereof with be quilted by Natalie, and will be given to this brave little boy.
Another was a tablerunner and coasters I made for my Aunt-In-Law.
She's the kind of lady that never forgets a birthday or celebration. She's even early most of the time...I've really got to learn that habit of sending out a card or present a week before the day. I'm always late.
Ahem, except for this year, I think. I may actually be on time.
I originally made these blocks as part of a larger pattern for a wallhanging for my kitchen over a year ago. I then put it all away because I just wasn't feeling it. I looked at it over the months and just did not find the motivation, the love, to do it. Until I figured out that this quilt wasn't meant for us.
When I realized that these blocks were perfect for Aunt M, it came together quickly. Funny how that happens.
I'm thrilled, because I know it's going to a good home. It's a crafter's dream to know that what they have made will not go into the limbo space of gifts not really appreciated. And that makes it even better than having it hang on my own wall.
I was in and out of the post office in less than 30 minutes, and not one bit of impatience from anyone was felt. And thanks to the very sweet grandfather who cajoled Baby J for all of those minutes, I left unscathed, and pounds lighter.
I hope that you all are marking your Holidays with cheer and peace. That with all of the hoopla and last minute preparations, that you take care of yourselves too!
Good luck out there!