Wednesday, December 14, 2005

A Quilty Christmas Party





It's the time of year for parties. As of yesterday, I have been to four, one of which was a somewhat impromptu dinner for nine at my house on Saturday. They were all family members, one in from out of town. I am lucky that Jerry is a fine cook, so when we entertain it is a team effort. This time he fixed some tasty smoked salmon and grilled chicken. The Christmas lights and candles filled the house with a beautiful glow, and we had a wonderful time.

My absolute favorite party of the year is the one with my small group of quilting friends. It's the party just for us, the one where we all feel special. For a little while we let down our hair and don't worry about husbands or children, or anything else for that matter. I love this group of women. Over the years we have had plenty of comiseration, coffee and laughter. It's the best therapy you can imagine.

One of our traditions at Christmas is a "quilt exchange". In January every year, we draw names, make quilts for each other, and exchange them at Christmas. Each quiltmaker works very hard to create something that is "just right" for the recipient. Most of us give quilts but don't receive them, so this is special and wonderful for each of us.

10 comments:

Deb R said...

What a cool idea, Jen! So is the one you're holding up with the wide gold border the one you made for someone else?

Debra Spincic said...

I totally love that idea!

Can I steal it??

jenclair said...

All of these quilts are beautiful, and I'd be delighted to receive one of them. What a terrific gift to exchange with your quilting buddies!

Scrapmaker said...

Deb, the beautiful gold bordered quilt was the gift I received. The friend who made it for me is in the next picture. She absolutely captured what I love. What I made for her is the red and tan quilt, not like what I usually make at all, but good for HER.
Debra, feel free to steal this idea. It's the best present I get all year. Jen

Marlene said...

Jen, what a fabulous idea, the quilt exchange,they are all beautiful!

The only quilt I’ve ever received is one my grandmother made for us when we were married.

Gerrie said...

Inquiring minds need to know. Which one did you make and which one did you receive?

Frances said...

what beautiful quilts and a great idea, glad to see you got all those autumn colours,

Nines said...

Ok, so you post a picture of an orange quilt and I gotta comment!! I know you must be so thrilled with it- look at that expression on your face. Priceless. What a wonderful opportunity to show your friends how special they all are. Beautiful all the way around.

Teri said...

Hi Jen,
I came to read your blog, and you're right, we said almost the same things about our quilt group. I think that I will bring up your group's quilt exchange, when we meet again in January. I think that it might be fun. Great idea!

Pat/SWquilter said...

That sounds like so much fun! I mostly quilt with two other women, but I think even that would be fun - I'll have to suggest it after the holidays. Might have to limit the size to a wallhanging or maybe at most a lap quilt to get them interested though.