Last week I foolishly decided on Dec 20 to make up a couple of very last minute presents. I often make gifts, but have been turned off in recent years because I never but never see what I make in one of their homes. Maybe I should take a hint. Probably, definitely. But Christmas was being done at my house, and both sides of the family would be there. It would be more awkward to make something for one and not for both. Seriously, it is not like I had the time for this. I have a couple client quilts I really needed to get quilting on, but I have been working out issues on my new machine, and one of them is still prohibiting doing anything very large.
Last Sunday, I sketched these runners up, and had them mostly cut out within about an hour. No time to overthink anything. They are simple and use the pretty fabrics as the "show". I had the tops pieced within 3 hours on Tuesday, still quilting on a client quilt. My window to do the quilting was when the client quilt was done...Wednesday. Keep it Simple - that was the rule.
I have made a couple of other seasonal runners for my MIL - spring and fall I think. This is the Christmas/winter one. Not sure if I hit the mark or anywhere close to it judging by her always questionable expressions while opening, but I like it. It has some great red and gold fabrics I have hoarded for many years.
Anybody with a 14, soon-to-be-15 year old knows that they don't willingly say "take my picture", so we have to hold onto the few we get. It may have come with a bribe of Thai food. I'll never tell.