I've handed out most of the gifts, so I can finally show some final pictures!
First is the hubby's quilt. This is my biggest accomplishment, but I don't have a good whole-quilt photo yet, but here is what I could get of it after I put it on the bed.
I got up at 6:30am Christmas eve morning to finish the binding on this. He's been home the same time as me so much, I struggled to get it done on the sly. But he had to work 6-11am Friday, so I set the alarm, got up before daylight on a day off and worked like a maniac, hoping if he got out early (there was a chance) that I'd have it done before he arrived. A 8:30 it was finally done AND labelled. PHEW!
I made the bed with it and put a little "Merry Christmas" note on top and he walked right by the whole thing. How he managed to miss it, I'll never understand! I had to send him back up to look for it, and being a smart aleck, he came back down with just the note and a quizzical look on his face. Then he started laughing. He likes it.
Here'a s closeup of quilting in the blocks, which I think is pretty cool.
(If too many of you can't see it, I'll re-post it and tweak the lighting some more...I know the colors are dark and the thread matched the fabric.)
And on to the keychain wallets. Here's the loot I crammed inside:
When I found the chocolate coins, I knew that was a no-brainer! The silly bands were probably the biggest hit overall, but I think once the kids get to spend the gift certificates, they'll have some fun.
But my family didn't realize I'd made the wallets. I mentioned something about the blood and sweat that went into making these and I got dumbfounded looks. "YOU made these?" they all asked. I suppose that's good, right? They're so well-made they think they're store-bought? (We won't go with they're so poorly made they clearly came from an inferior factory...)
And last but not least, the little ornaments that went to a couple of good friends at work.
I learned a few things in making these, but my friends liked them and appreciate that they're homemade. (And understand that homemade doesn't always mean perfect in the literal sense.)
I hope you all have had a Merry Christmas (or any other holiday you might celebrate around this time of year)!
Off to check on my banana bread. The house is starting to smell delicious, so I think it must be almost done.