Santa’s BIG gift – HELP ME!

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Santa’s BIG gift – HELP ME!

Two weeks ago, I showed you a little sneak peek of my newest lap quilt, Santa’s BIG gift. I’ve finally finished the top and have something a little more complete to show you!

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It is much bigger than I anticipated even though I knew exactly what the measurements where before the first cut. I guess it is one of those mental things – gotta see it to really get it. This is honestly the best picture I can get in the house because there isn’t enough room to get it in the frame!

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I’ll be honest – I’m totally digging it! Somewhere around the middle of working on the top, I just couldn’t see it. It looked like my design was going to be a disaster and I had run off the rails a bit. I put it away and worked on something else for a bit. Surprise surprise, when I came back to it, I loved it again! I’ve got big plans for the quilting and I think this is going to be pretty darn cool when it is all said and done.

Here’s the trouble – and what has completely halted my progress – I can’t settle on what to do for the back. I have a few drawings to show you and would like to know what you think. When I started this project, I was pretty sure I was going to do something really silly and over the top. I was leaning towards the worlds biggest applique of a big grinning reindeer, something like this:

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Once I saw the black based Christmas themed fabric, I knew it was something I wanted to use. Black and pink and Christmas?? Way better the kitschy present with big silver bow I had originally thought of.  So if I’m going to be a little more grown up, what could Santa’s gift be? Thinking in shapes, I went down this odd path – A fancy new belt and cowboy boots! Wait, what? That’s so not Suedre. I thought it would be fun to do a belt buckle similar to the gift tag with fun filigree. Santa really does need a new belt right? Filigree belt = western. Western = new boots with more filigree. So something like this: SantasBigGift (4)

Truth be told, I didn’t think the Western theme went with the style of the gift fabric any better than the kitschy reindeer did. So back to the drawing board. I decided that maybe what I needed to do was go smaller. I thought if I did a series of wonky stars (torn wrapping paper) and a small gift applique might work. The best I’ve been able to come up with is Sled Oil, A little something like this:

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The complete truth is, I’m not particularly happy with any of the choices. If I had to pick one right now, it would be the last (or the belt and boots….. ). I wonder, what do you think? If you like the last one, what gift could work? Am I right, is the sled oil lame or am I being too hard on myself?

I swear – I hate it when I run into this kind of decision making trouble. It really stops me in my tracks and is the exact thing that can create UFOs! I want to finish it up before Christmas (this year), so I’m picking something by the end of next week!

21 Comments

  1. Love love love this quilt! The bow is just too cool. What a great idea. I am drawn to the reindeer, but the boots and buckle are nice too.

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  2. LOVE LOVE LOVE it. I definitely like the last back best, I think the sled oil is adorable! I think a cool gift would be an SNES or something along those lines, haha!

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  3. Wow!! What an amazing quilt. The bow is so three dimensional and the gift tag is perfect there. While I love the other two designs, I think the grinning reindeer is very you! If you are able to add a Atari console or laptop there somehow, that would actually scream “you” :D

    -Soma

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  4. I love this big present top!! The bow looks so 3D. The reindeer is fabulous and deserves to be a quilt of his own, next years Christmas quilt perhaps. The cowboy belt and boots is such a fun idea, it might be too early in the morning but I can’t think of a clever gift , I know Santa around here would want a bottle of top shelf whiskey.

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    • haha! You’re the second to suggest a nice stiff drink! I think he might like that as well. :) Thank you, I’m so glad you like it! I’m planning on trying out some layered tricks to see if I can get that bow to pop juts a little more when it gets quilted. This project is a complete and total science experiment and has been a lot of fun. :)

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  5. Belts and boots for sure

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    • man! That almost means I *have* to do it! :) I’m leaning that way. I think if I change the belt a bit I might like it better.

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  6. I love the reindeer, but I would go with the stars. As for the gift, how about modernizing him with a fancy computer or tablet for his nice and naughty lists? :-)

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    • oooohhh, that’s a cool idea! He does need a new magic list maker. hmmmmm, very clever!

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  7. Maybe Santa would like a giant fruitcake!?

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    • hahaha! Would serve him right for bringing all that coal!

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  8. Actually, I love them all ; but if I had to choose, it would be the reindeer without the teeth. Loving your designs.

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    • Thanks Bonita! I love the reindeer too. I think the trouble with him is that I haven’t gone far enough. If Santa’s reindeer were being silly and putting themselves in his gift – I think they would be more devious than a wave.

      I think you’ll see the reindeer again – I’m just not sure exactly how yet!

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  9. how about some flower applique in a bunch form or all over design

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    • That’s something completely different! I’m thinking something like Poinsettias?

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  10. I like your reindeer and the stars but the reindeer just speaks to me :)

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    • He’s funny right? :) I like him too – I think I may give him his own project. Something a little smaller and easier to manage. Maybe even something that is printable so others can have him too!

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  11. I like the stars one the best (am I projecting my wonky stars on everything now?)…the sled oil is cute, but what exactly needs oil on a sled? The skids would need wax. What about gifting Santa a quilt wrapped with a bow? Don’t you think Santa would really appreciate a nice handmade quilt while living in the North Pole? My husband suggested gifting him a GPS or bottle of scotch.

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    • I’ll make the decision even harder for you and vote for the middle one. Great designs, I don’t think you can go wrong with any choice or a new idea, as I bet your mind has already percolated new ideas.

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      • No, no, doesn’t make it harder. Its nice to know which ones people like. I think the reindeer and the boots have the ability to stand on their own as a design independent of the gift. I think I’m making it too hard! I should just do, right? :)

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    • Yes yes, good point. Wax is probably makes more sense. I was thinking about squeaks and such so really sled WD-40. hahaha!

      Those are all excellent suggestions! A quilt on a quilt, it is so meta I can’t help but love it! A bottle of scotch, lolol! That would be a good Santa gift! :)

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