I finally finished the quilt I started back in October - it's a gift for my mom so she can snuggle under it while watching TV on cold winter nights. It's lap sized - so just right to drape over the back of the couch during the day without taking up too much room or being in the way.
I quilted it on my sewing machine and just did an allover stippling design, which might be kinda boring, but gets the job done. I put it in the washer & dryer before sending it to her - I love the way the cotton batting shrinks up and makes it all scrunchy on the surface of the quilt.
I sent it Priority Mail on Thursday and it arrived on Saturday - she sent me an email to thank me for it and I could tell she was really touched. In fact, she thinks she might like to be buried with this when the time comes - can you imagine? It was just a smallish project for me to make, but how wonderful that it means so much to her as the receiver. I love that handmade gifts carry so much meaning, don't you?
Her birthday is the end of February, and I thought about saving it until then before sending it to her, but then I decided that there are a lot of cold nights between now and then - so I ended up sending it to her as a 'just because' gift - - - -