1. All the Christmas gifts are finished -- no wait! I have one more pillowcase to do out of dino fabric but have until New Years Eve to get that done. Oh -- and I forgot -- I haven't finished binding the dino quilt and that has to be done by New Years Eve, too.
4. And -- here's the kicker and the need for possible outside help -- I have decided to make a baby quilt (or slightly bigger) out of my African fabrics. That's not too hard, right. You only have to cut a bazillion logs and then start assembling them.
Like many of you, I don't really have yardage of African fabrics -- I have scraps that have been given to me or a scrap bag that I picked up from a vendor at a quilt show (usually from the garment district in NYC which means it pieces of clothing or leftovers from clothing). These pieces are highly irregular - they may be a pocket, a shirt sleeve that was miscut, something that was disassembled and the button cut off. They really are perfect for logs but each piece has to be individually cut.
I knew they were well on their way to adopting a baby up to 18 months old from Ethiopia. What I found out this weekend is that if the baby has siblings, they will take up to 3-4 children. I am ashamed to say that "Oh how wonderful" was my second thought. My selfish first thought was "holy cow, that could be four quilts -- I don't have enough fabric". I am guessing my Australian fabrics will have to suffice along with a number of other African reproductions (you can see some of those in the logs I have already cut -- I think I have stayed away from the Australian ones thus far).
Obviously, the quilts could be out of anything but my initial thought was to have a bright baby quilt out of fabrics from the same continent (I doubt any of these scraps are purely Ethiopian). My second thought is to try to make the appropriate number of quilts out of ethnic fabrics and that may change, depending on how this goes! So, I will make the first one and have it ready and see what blessings they are able to adopt. They will be in Ethiopia for a few weeks and then come back without their baby(children). That will give me some time to figure this out.
But -- if I agree to any more swaps, mysteries, gift quilts -- I may need an intervention. I am on sabbatical from my two hospital quilts a month until March. I need to use that free time wisely I think.
I hope there are people in your life that are full of the generosity and love that exist in this young couple!