You see, a couple of years ago my sweet friend in Texas, Mitzi had to clean out her mother's house a few years after her passing. She was so overwhelmed in getting started. Let's just say that Mitzi's mom didn't like to throw anything away! Another friend and I came to her rescue and worked relentlessly for hours a day and days upon end until the three of us finished the job. Of course I was assigned to the "sewing room". Mitzi's mom had lots of UFO's (of course she did, she was a quilter!) and among them was this project. Mitzi was going to throw it out and I said "No, how about I take it home with me and maybe someday I'll surprise you and finish it." We both laughed but I took it home anyway. I'm sure she's forgot about the project. I know I did until I moved and unearthed it while organizing my sewing studio.
This is what Mitzi's mother had completed.
It was missing the bottom last line of the verse and the applique of Baby Jesus. And of course, the remainder of the quilt.
Here is what I finished with.
It really makes my heart swell to think how surprised Mitzi will be when she gets this in the mail. I really wish I could be there to give it to her in person. I can already see her reaction in my mind when she sees it and of course the tears that will follow.
I even added my own little heart on Baby Jesus' blanket. After all, Jesus is the heart of the season and the reason for the season. HE is in my heart all the year through.
My first project I thought of for this blog hop was this apron I found in my move as well. It fit all the criteria for the Christmas Is In My Heart Blog Hop; it was Christmas related, and it had hearts on it. I can't even tell you how long I've had this apron and never finished it. And WHY have I not finished it? It wouldn't take me any time at all to finish it. I guess I was waiting for the perfect reason and here it is.
Ms Bessie looks great modeling the Merry Christmas From The Heart Apron.
I would like to thank Marian at SeamsToBeSew for organizing this fabulous blog hop and The Fat Quarter Shop for sponsoring this blog hop.
What is the Christmas In Your Heart? Leave me a comment and tell me what it is. We're giving away a $25 gift certificate to the Fat Quarter Shop each day. Just enter the rafflecopter drawing. You can find all the rules and regulations at SeamsToBeSew.
Now go visit all the other Christmas Is In My Heart Bloggers on the schedule for today and show them the love in your heart.
Thursday, November 12th
The Quilting Queen Online (You're in the Queen's Palace)
You can also find the full schedule here.