Let me tell you about my reasonable family. My sisters and I have a lot of kids, and if we tried to give gifts to all of them at Christmas, it would not be as joyous as we would hope. So, we draw names for our nieces and nephews, and each kid gets a gift from one of the aunts. In fact, we don't really draw names; one of my sisters has made a spreadsheet so that in the course of five years, each aunt will have gifted each kid. I know that some of my readers are sighing, wishing their families were as reasonable as mine. I agree.
Picking fabric with 8-year-old niece M was a very entertaining experience. I think she had fifty different fabric in her shopping cart, to be narrowed down to 12-15. She listened to my advice to choose light, medium, and dark values, and large and small scale prints. She took direction from the photo of the inspiration quilt she'd chosen from some online patterns I'd shared with her, and came up with a color palette of her own. And she gave up the snowflake-patterned fleece for the backing in favor of a brighter, simpler pattern.
|M's fabric choices, with the pink flowered fleece backing.|