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Since January 1, 2012, my goal is to write a daily sentence or two (or paragraph or two) about gratitude of the day and to include one photo (at least) that I took that day (but will add others from time to time). It has definitely been a challenge most days throughout the past eight years, and welcomed the challenge again this year - 2020 - Covid and all. I hope you will continue the ride with me!

Saturday, December 11, 2021

A Santa Elf Story

My F. A. R. T. (Fabric Acquisition Road Trip - Thank you Leslie Sumner for the acronym) excursion yesterday helped turn this Santa Elf in finishing projects for Christmas. When two desperate clients called me recently, both referrals from other clients, I had to help them. That’s what Santa’s selves do at this time of year. Oh sure, I could have told them I was done taking business for the year and to contact me in January, but that is not me (nor any of Santa’s elves if memory serves me correctly).

Since I know it means a great deal for both clients to have their treasured keepsake T-Shirt Quilts for their children to open on 12/25, I knew I’d have to work especially hard to get them all done so I can enjoy my holiday too. Right now I am in the thick of it, but do see the light at the end of the tunnel. After I finish these two, I have two more to go.

Crunch time for sure. I kind of feel like a CPA/Accounting Professional (I happen to know one), ahem, during busy season. Instead of crazy spreadsheets of 10,000 lines of data, double checking financial statements and monthly closings, I am measuring twice and cutting once, sewing at my DSM (table top domestic sewing machine) for hours at a time, pressing all my fabrics before the next seam; then Long- Arming on my Handi-Quilter Avanté to put the finishing touch with quilting the snot out of it (quilting all three layers) until the last step of binding it all together.

But hey, I’m thrilled to be an elf at this time of year and have the privilege to create wonderful keepsakes for many satisfied customers.

And…between the quilts I snuck in making an apron for one special little girl (7 years old) that I’ll be sending out with baking supplies and a present for her baby brother on Monday.

All in a day’s work for one of Santa’s Elves!



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