The last few weeks I had a big secret! Sinterklaas (the Dutch Santa whose birthday we celebrate on the evening of December 5 by giving each other gifts, instead of at Christmas; I wrote about him before) asked me to make a special gift for Damaris, my fourteen year old daughter. It's always a big secret who is making for who, so I had to go about my mission in total secrecy.
I found this tutorial for a Houndstooth quilt and bookmarked it in a secret place on our family iPad. I ordered fabric from Simply Solids in the UK: Kona Pepper and Kona Orchid. Good thing that the package came while I was home alone! I cut and sewed everything without leaving a trace, I was careful not to leave black and light purple threads and off-cuts where everyone could see them; I even wrapped them before throwing them in the bin. Even the time to wash the quilt was carefully planned so no one would see anything tumbling about. The hardest part was not being able to share when I had it done: of course I wanted to jump around showing off the quilt to everybody but I couldn't.
Then I wrapped the quilt in a special surprise package. It is part of the tradition to craft a special wrapping, always accompanied by a poem with a some compliments and few jokes about the person receiving the gift. I made a "Chanel bag" (Damaris loves fashion) and in the poem I talked about how hard she always works at her homework, but that she always gets so cold at her desk and that Sinterklaas saw all that and thought she needed a fashionable quilt.
When Damaris unwrapped the quilt she was so surprised that she hadn't even known that I was working on it! And she loved it, so that was great!! Sinterklaas, the best time of the year!!!!