And then had a big moment of disappointment. It just didn't look as pretty as I had envisioned in my head. I couldn't quite put my finger on it. I loved the fabrics individually, but together they just didn't "wow" me. Hmmm...
Interestingly, it was nearly unanimous that the fabrics I pulled out should be added back in--it gave more texture and interest. So back they went.
The next change I made was to eliminate the lowest two rows of the tree, which made the quilt smaller, a size I was much happier with. It was feeling more festive. But I still wasn't in love with it. One of my good friends said it didn't look like a "Cindy quilt." I knew what she meant by that--I would have liked it better in all solids. Ha!
And then our "bonus" granddaughter, Stacie, texted and said she loved it! I knew then and there that the quilt had a home.
My very favorite part is the blue star--you will never see that knit-look fabric in any destash ever, as I will be using every.single.piece.
Darby did her usual fabulous job of quilting--a snowflake pattern that is just perfect. I changed the name from Happy Christmas to Let it Snow.
When it was completed, Mark and I took it on a little photo op excursion.
It was high noon, so we had to deal with less-than-ideal light--too bright. But you take what you can get. First up was city hall.
Next we went to a favorite shopping center, Fig Garden Village.
It was such fun to gift the quilt to Stacie. These are typical "Stacie" photo poses:
A 9-year-old boy jumping in the way.
A 6-year-old boy making snow angels on the quilt.
Finally, the best picture of a happy girl.
Which made this quilter very happy.