Tuesday, January 1, 2008

The Christmas That Never Was

Belated holiday greetings to you. How was your Christmas? I spent the month of December in the hospital and missed the entire festive season. The closest I got to celebrating was seeing holiday lights out the rear window of an ambulance!

A severe reaction to an MS medication threw my body for a loop, causing high fever and violent muscle spasms. A new medication is helping control my excessive muscle spasticity and physical therapy at home should help restore my strength. Nevertheless, prayers for my continued improvement are most welcome and may be the intangible factor that makes all the difference!

Even though the holiday was over, when I finally got home, we pulled out some of my favorite holiday decorations. This whimsical Christmas tree quilt is a Gwen Marston design, with a few subtle changes. Instead of using Gwen's tree pattern, I substituted one William doodled when he was six. I changed up the colors too, (Gwen's quilt had a red tree, teal background, and purple border) drawing my colors from the funky Japanese fabric I put on the back.

Christmas trees and hearts. Go figure!

I chose a more conventional green border and loved accentuating it with freeform swirls.

William’s Christmas Tree
16” x 22”
Hand appliquéd and quilted
© Diane Burdin, 1999


  1. So glad you are back on your blog.I have missed hearing from you.I hope you have a speedy recovery. Happy Newyear to you and your family.I love the Christmas tree your son made and you put together.Wig.

  2. All my best wishes for small steps soon. Hopefully 2008 will be a huge improvement over Dec '07.

  3. Oh dear! I'm so very sorry you had to go through this - especially during the holidays. You certainly may have my daily thoughts and prayers for gaining strength, walking, and getting your life back to normal.

  4. Oh you have my prayers Diane! And lets hope for a wonderful recovery in 2008!

  5. Oh I am so glad to know that you are home again . . . a great way to begin the new year. Keep strong and stay determined. I'll keep you in my thoughts *s*

  6. Sounds like you've been through your fair share over the last month. I'll keep you in my thoughts for a speedy recovery!

  7. Fingers crossed for a healthy new year for you. I love your little quilt - I know right where the inspiration came from, only you were so much bolder at making the design your own (and William's) than I was. It's wonderful.

  8. Get well soon! Love the hanging and your quilting is lovely!

  9. I am so glad that you are "back-ish"...I have missed your blogging. Use that stubborness to get yourself back to where you want to be. You have my prayers.

    I just LOVE this little quilt, so sweet! Thanks for sharing!

  10. What a great little quilt!
    I love the way it is quilted too.
    I hope your feeling better by now and 2008 is a good year for you.
    Kathie in NJ
    ps love your new header on your blog beautiful quilt