Sometimes life can be so full of surprises that it just shakes you to your core. I had a day like that last week that completely blew me away. Let me give you a little history. During the last doll swap, there was a quilt that was being made by an awesome quilter who I have always admired. Her things are colorful and so precise that I know I'll never live long enough to get to her level. So, as the weeks went along, and the doll swap continued, she would show her progress and I would be more and more marveled at her skills and the beauty of the quilt. (And wondering why I never got a partner who was that good. LOL) And that is no lie!!! I was so envious of her partner until we started corresponding and she mentioned to me that her partner hadn't commented once on any of her pictures. I was shocked, to say the least! I knew how she felt after spending so much time and love on that project. Shame on me, but I talked her into making a different quilt and keeping that beauty for herself, or gifting it to someone who would appreciate it.
So guess what? I bet you guessed, huh? Yup! I got a surprise last week and it was MY quilt! The one I coveted all along! Helen wrote me a wonderfully sweet note and told me that halfway through the sewing process, she knew the quilt should be mine. Look at how gorgeous it is:
Isn't it amazing? I can hardly wait to hang it. I've gotten so many beautiful quilts lately, I think it's time to "make a wall" and I'm thinking my guest room would be the perfect place. It would be great to have them all in one spot. I'm still smiling over that package though! I love it, Helen...thank you soo much!
I have been sewing, but again, there is not much I can show you yet. I sort of cheated and made an angel quilt for the next doll swap already. I know that they are going back to their "roots" with pieced, smaller quilts for DQS11, so I had to practice. Call me crazy! I have a ton of ideas and I'm anxious to start. Besides, it might be time to take a break from applique for a change.
I actually cheated and matched the solids to the binding fabric I had. Looks like I was brilliant and did it the opposite way, huh? Whatever! After it's done, what's the difference?
So, that's about the news....except this:
Yup, that's me! DH took that picture. I needed a shot of myself for something else, so I thought I should show everyone what I really look like. My daughter told me to re-take it and put my head higher to get rid of the double chin and open my eyes. Kids! It is what it is! If I hadn't gained 60 lbs when I quilt smoking 6 years ago, I'd look much better too, but that's life! I'm trying, but when you sit and sew all the time, how do you lose weight? Got any ideas?