Let me tell you a story…
As the holidays approached way back in 2011, an idea began percolating in my head. What if the ghosts from Dickens’ A Christmas Carol didn’t visit a miserly old man; instead, what if they sought to change the heart of a overworked and very tired quilter trying to get all her quilted gifts done before December 25th? (No, nope, wasn’t projecting at all…)
The result was a little story called A Quilter’s Christmas Carol ~ With Thanks to Charles Dickens for the Holiday Inspiration. One year later (after I, wink, wink, got caught back up) the little story got turned into a book.
As part of the book writing process, I decided to add directions for a related quilting project, the Quilter’s Christmas Carol block.
Pieced from traditional holiday colors, the Quilter’s Christmas Carol block features three flying geese moving out from the center (embodying the spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Future) while stylized “C”s in each corner represent the first letters of the classic holiday tale’s title.
Much like Dicken’s classic, today’s story has a happy ending – six years later, I finally finished making a set of Quilter’s Christmas Carol pillows!
I want to make it very clear, I didn’t create such a difficult design that it would take the average quilter six years to make these. Pretty sure these could be knocked out in a day with the no distractions. But what average quilter has NO distractions? Let’s just say, being overworked and very tired is not an uncommon thing around Whimzie Quiltz and leave it at that, shall we?
Still, it’s nice to have these off my to-do list. One less chain for poor Marley, I mean, me, to wear as quilt-y penance when the time comes!
PS – Copies of my book are still available online. They make great stocking stuffers or Secret Santa gifts for quilters. Want to make them even more special? I’m happy to autograph copies!