Monday, December 22, 2008

December Swap Til You Drop Quilt

My partner received her quilt for the December Swap Til You Drop, so I can post pictures of it now. The theme for December was Sweet, Sour or Savory. Since it's December, and Christmas is coming, and visions of sugarplums are dancing in everyone's head, I figured everybody would do something sweet. Wanting to be different ... I chose savory. It was a good excuse to practice my paper piecing and do these chili pepper blocks. I found the pattern free on line last month. So my quilt is "Hot Chili Peppers."

In doing some research, I found that the chili pepper is a traditional Christmas decoration in Mexico and you can buy chili pepper ornaments for your tree.

The chili pepper is a southwestern American tradition symbolizing warmth and friendship. Clusters of vibrantly colored chili peppers, called chili ristras, add a zesty flair to home d├ęcor. When hung near the door, chili peppers ensure a bountiful harvest and when placed in the kitchen, they bring good luck in cooking. Chilies are a spicy addition to many cuisines worldwide

I even found a dark chocolate bar with chili to send along!! I bought one for myself to try, just to make sure it wasn't awful. It's a rich dark chocolate with a little bit of a bite. I wouldn't eat it every day ... but it was a nice change and I did enjoy it. . I also included a couple of fat quarters and some Christmas coasters I made a couple weeks ago.

So that's my December effort ... Hot Chili Peppers.

The theme for January is Sing It, Watch It, or Read It. Hmmmm ... that's going to take some thought!!



Shari said...

What a nice little quilt and gift package. I'm sure the recipient will love it. I think chilli was the secret ingredient in the chocolate from the movie Chocolat.
Hope you have a great Christmas!

Sara said...

Terri, that is an adorable quilt. And, the rest of the package looks perfect. I hope you included a note on the research you did about chili peppers...