Saturday, December 8, 2012

An Unexpected Quilt Delivery

Yesterday at about 5pm my next door neighbor brought over a package they had signed for in the morning. It was large and not very heavy but when I saw it was from Jaye, the Artquiltmaker,(you should be reading her blog) I was intrigued.  I opened up the box and noticed two envelopes inside.  One was from Jaye which instructed me to read her envelope after I had uncovered what was inside, so I proceeded to open the second envelope.  Being a historian I quickly went to whom the card was from before I read the sentiment and was shocked to see it was from Melissa, Shanna and Jenna. They are:   

It's so interesting the connections that are made online via twitter, blogs,and facebook, etc.  I could go into the myriad of connections I have with these ladies but that would take awhile.  Primarily they are twitter buddies whom have been very supportive over the past ten months.  
So what was in the box?  
Those lovely ladies made me a quilt in honor of my father with a modified Navy Star block pattern.  
(I burst into tears at the words "Navy Star" on the card...my father was a very proud Navy man.)
They made ME a quilt!  

Modeled in front of the Pyramid at CSULB by a sleepy older son at 9am.
I love how each of the blocks is four blocks brought together.  There is a lot going on in each block.  I'm guessing that Melissa or Shanna did the echo-quilting.  At 57" x 57" it is the perfect size.

Tickertape binding - a personal favorite!  

I did open Jaye's envelope and she explained how she became the intermediary postage fairy.  Melissa was visiting family in Northern California and went to a recent Bay Area Modern Quilt Guild meeting that Jaye attends.  Melissa knew Jaye and I had a connection and the two of them facilitated the quilt delivery to me.  Thanks Jaye!

I'm humbled and feel so fortunate to have this connection with these ladies.
I've named it the Navy Quilt and will cherish it always.


Six more days of the semester and I'm home free - sewing, quilting, reading, researching, podcasting, blogging, Christmas shopping, etc., here I come...
Have a wonderful and safe Saturday,
Susan

23 comments:

  1. oh my gosh - how sweet and special is THAT!!!? So kind of them, and the quilt is just beautiful. What an awesome block!

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  2. What a beautiful quilt for a beautiful lady. That is such a sweet and thoughtful thing to do!

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  3. This is wonderful and beautiful. Such a great story.

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  4. I'm so glad we were able to bring some cheer and love to your day. I hope (and I know Shanna and Jenna do too) it brings you joy and happiness for years to come. :)

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  5. You must've been stunned to receive a surprise quilt like that! You're so lucky to have twitter friends who care so much about you! Enjoy your pretty quilt! :)

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  6. You are truly blessed my friend!

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  7. What a wonderful gift. I've seen a few sneak peeks and am so happy it has made its way to you finally.

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  8. What a wonderful gift. I've seen a few sneak peeks and am so happy it has made its way to you finally.

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  9. Oh the connections we make! My dear you are so very special and we all hope that you'll enjoy this. WE ♥ you so! PS Melissa did the quilting. . isn't she awesome!

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  10. That's a great story and a great quilt!

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  11. What a beautiful quilt, and what good friends they are to send it.

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  12. It's a gorgeous quilt! What wonderful friends you have!

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  13. Thanks for the lovely post! I am so pleased it showed up and you like it.

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  14. How lovely. What a beautiful gesture from some wonderful friends. Mary Ann

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  15. What a wonderful and precious gift!

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  16. This gift brought tears to my eyes. I, unfortunately, am in the sale club as you, having lost my Daddy quite unexpectedly just over a year ago. Daughters and Fathers - the bonds are so tangible and strong. So I have been listening to you as you speak of your Father, your love for him and the depth of your loss and I relate to each and every word.

    When I saw your quilt, I felt so happy for you. It's so awesome that people can gather as friends through the love of fiber art and make something that feels so warm and loving. You are blessed and it is so well deserved.

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  17. Quilters have the biggest hearts! So warm, caring and willing to give. Enjoy your quilty hug from your friends daily - Vitamin F (friends) is an important part of your nutritional requirements, enjoy liberally!!!

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  18. That is such a sweet gift. I am so glad they did that for you!

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  19. What a lovely gift! Such a nice reminder of what terrific friends you have and a beautiful memorial to your father.

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  20. So beautiful. It brought tears to my eyes. Wonderful things are going on all over the world, we just have to look for them!

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  21. An old pattern rendered modern. Gorgeous - quilters really do rule.

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