My secret gift was for my daughter, the table runner made from a Connecting Threads kit. which I ended up binding on Christmas morning. I had to give it to her when I arrived so it could be the centerpiece of her table.
She was delighted and my SIL got some great photos of it on her big dining room table. She was especially happy that I had used the African-style valance fabric on the back, which she had seen on the two other runners I made for friends at Thanksgiving.
The backing also made a perfect binding. I machine quilted all the outlines, using my walking foot. For the center squares I did a simple four-petaled figure, using a pale olive thread along with maroon in the bobbin.
I love the elegant fabric so much that I ordered a larger kit from the same line, naturally on a great sale deal. I will not make the kit, but will have three yards of this precious stuff, three yards of black and many other fabrics. So I am one happy quilter, looking forward a new year of fun, fabric and friendships. I wish the same for all of you!