It seems the trend for home made gifts is back and I couldn't be happier. My mother in law, may she rest in peace was the queen of homemade gifts. she always made us something beautiful . Every year . I still have many of those gifts. Her workmanship was superb. I admired that so much. Then one year out of the blue she stopped and started giving us all store bought items. The problem was she gave us all the same things. I would beg her to at least include 1 home made gift. Maybe she just got tired. I guess I will never know. My best friend and I only exchange home made gifts at Christmas. Well really it is a gift since it takes us so long to make it.I purposely make gifts for my family, friends and co-workers throughout the year. I just feel so much better about it because I know they cannot buy it in a store. The quilt shown is one I made for my granddaughter this Christmas. I try to make her 1 quilt a year. This pattern is from Australian Patchwork and Quilting , my favorite quilt magazine. This quilt was also my first try at machine applique.