This is what I got from my parents and sister. The envelope contains a gift certificate to my LQS. I plan to go spend some money there today. Ten years or so ago I started a tradition of going shopping to my LQS on my birthday and allowing myself to buy whatever I felt like, up to about $100. Some years we couldn't afford that much and other years I spent a little more, but the idea is to buy myself whatever I want without feeling like I have to justify the purchase. It's a gift and gifts don't need justification. Some years I look through my stash and see what I'm low on. Then I buy half yard cuts to fill the need, in addition to whatever catches my eye.
I got the quilting finished on Funky Santa yesterday and even got the binding attached to the front.
I am thrilled with how the panel came out. I'm really glad I took the time to rip out what I had started and begin again.
I've got a quart size plastic baggie full of buttons, ribbons and jingle bells I collected for this project. I also have beads and eyelash yarn. My plan is to get the binding on and then start embellishing. It is a Christmas quilt so I think it should be "over the top." It was designed to hang on the wall in our dining room, not for a bed or snuggling under on the sofa. It is art. So even though the quilting is done and the binding will be soon, there is still a lot of work left to do. But this is the fun part!