It has been spoken about here, and on other blogs too, about how lovely the quilting community is. I wanted to take a moment today to mention some of the nice things that have been done for me lately by some of my online friends.
First up, this unexpected parcel arrived before Christmas when I was knee deep, well in Christmas stuff quite frankly. The lovely Alison won these templates for her amazing hand quilting in the Bloggers Quilt Festival. It was a well deserved prize but one she didn't think she would use as she already had all the tools she required for these blocks so she popped them in the post to me as a surprise.
I fully intend to try the Dresden template at some point, but am not sure if I will use the Star one. Alison said that she was perfectly happy to have me pass them on to someone else, so stayed tuned because I think I will be doing that with the star templates soon.
Next up is the talented and prolific hand piecer, Susan in Australia. She was having a clear out of some of her scraps and asked if anyone was interested. Well my hand was in the air and I was squeaking like the over eager scrappy quilter that I am. Susan sent me a fab bag full of fun scraps. Some that I stroke upon occasion, because I can.
Then last week I got an email from Helen asking me if I would like a nice chunk of quilters cotton - dating back to the 1980s apparently - to use as backing for my Siblings quilt. Someone she knew was having a clear out. Again, I said yes please. And this great chunk of happy floral landed on my doorstep this week. I've put the Siblings top by it so you can see that it will work very well as a backing for it.
Finally, today there was another unexpected package. I got a cheer me up gift from my friend Ange - real life as well as online friend, lucky me - because she knew I was having a bit of a rotten week. So she increased my wee collection of Stof Pure, as well as some chocolate and sweets but they didn't make the photo as I hid them before the girls came home. I am afraid emergency measures are called for sometimes.
I consider myself very lucky indeed to be part of this community and it has changed my life in many ways over the past two years. I wouldn't have it any other way. Thank you to Alison, Susan, Helen and Ange, and to every other friend I have made through this blog. I appreciate you greatly.