Do you have that Christmas spirit?
There are many ways to get into the spirit of the December holidays. For us, a trip to Homestead Gardens in Davidsonville, MD, is always a treat with their splendid arrays of beautiful trees, twinkling lights, and decorations in every corner of their sprawling buildings. We went Thanksgiving weekend and shared the experience with my sister Kimberly, b-i-l, Jerry, my nephew Brandon, and his girlfriend, Shana. Since we all work from home, we no longer participate in work parties but find joy in celebrating with lunches and dinners with friends this season as well.
I was thrilled to head to the Woodmont Grill in Bethesda, Maryland, this past Monday to meet up with Patty Lubin and Marilyn Eichner. We met at Georgetown University Hospital 26 years ago with our kids in treatment. We formed a strong bond back then that, thankfully, continues all these years later.
On Wednesday, my quilt guild, Southern Comforters of Maryland, had our Holiday Pot-Luck dinner and Christmas block exchange. I made two blocks to swap, and many of us had the same idea. I usually like to make two extra of the ones I make, so I'll have a total of (4) blocks to use in a future Christmas quilt (see photos below).
Music is the other staple in getting into the spirit. I play nonstop Christmas music as I worked on my quilts for this season. The songs are definite mood enhancers. I also like to listen to many genres, including instrumental renditions, to keep me on my toes.
Right now, I am doing the happy dance to no song in particular. I finished the biggest queue NeedleOnFull has ever had, and my last client picked up her quilt a couple of hours ago.
Can you hear my big sigh?
Photo 1) Patty, Marilyn, and I; 2) the blocks I made and 3) the blocks I received!