~ Once upon a time... ~
There was a quilter whose dear husband WENT WITH HER to one of her favorite quilt shops. He looked around the shop, spied an adorable quilt on the wall and said,
"I know you have a couple of quilts in the works, but we don't have a Christmas Quilt. Why don't you make that one, it's great."
So she smiled sweetly (thinking, "Oh, a couple.......dozen"), but she was thrilled and bought the book, "Friends for Christmas" by Australian designer, Lynette Anderson. Then she purchased a kit for each block, plus the finishing kit - borders, binding, buttons. (As they say in those parts, "SPENDY!") She brought the quilt home, adapted it to her taste (no penguins), and made the quilt top. Her husband was so pleased.
The quilter planned to quilt it with her new longarm quilting machine, but wanted to wait until her quilting was "good enough". Then she became busy quilting for clients. She thought that she would have a little time to quilt it after the holidays, but that was 6-1/2 years ago. The work never really slowed down, so that adorable quilt top is STILL waiting its turn, along with a dozen or so more of "The Unquilted". But year after year, the quilter and her husband hang that great little Christmas quilt anyway, sometimes even using a glue stick to attach the tiny bells and buttons.
Maybe this year, things will slow down after the holidays.