Ho, ho, ho, everyone! I finished my little Christmas String Tree mini-quilt a couple days ago. I wasn't sure whether to call it finished or not, as I couldn't decide if I wanted to "decorate" the tree. I auditioned some buttons, but it just didn't do it for me. So, I posted a picture of it on Facebook to get a consensus. Everyone was very helpful and said such nice things, with recommendations from small charms, to jingle bells, to sequins, etc. In the end, I decided to leave the tree as is (some also recommended that), and let the new recipient (currently unknown) decide whether they want to decorate it (or not) at their discretion. :o)
I really like the quilt pattern I digitized for it. I wanted something that reminded me of the cold wind blowing. I used my embroidery machine to quilt it. It's a nice, small quilt (11-3/4" x 15-3/4"), so I only had to hoop it twice the way I digitized it. It was done in a flash! The only bummer is when I took it off the machine after the first pass, I noticed that the embroidery foot must have gotten caught in a small portion of the ribbon and twisted it a bit. You can bet the second hooping I kept an eagle eye on it, to prevent that from happening again. It's not perfect because of that, but it's minor and it is what it is. I don't think it detracts from the overall quilt too terribly, and overall I'm very pleased with my little fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants gift. I've attached a small hanging sleeve and a label to the back to finish it off.
I am a retired 60-year old widow with two lovely, grown daughters. I am also blessed with a wonderful teenaged grandson, and two beautiful step-granddaughters, or granddaughters-in-love, as I choose to view it. *Grin* Happily, we all reside in Florida within 30 minutes of one another.
I also have an energetic Yorkshire Terrier/Bichon Frise mix, Tasha. I don't know what I would do without her. She brings me constant joy.