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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Blessings of Blogland

Hi Everyone!

I hope you all had a good weekend.  It was gorgeous here--in the 70s and then the weather changed yet again and we had rain, freezing rain, and even a few flakes of snow yesterday.  Each time this weather changes so drastically, I'm hopeful it is the last time and maybe Spring will finally be here to stay.  Meanwhile, I know many of you are buried in snow and are even more anxious for Spring than I am.

I've been wanting to write this post for a while now.  It seems that lately I have been the recipient of so much kindness and generosity and I want to share.  Becoming part of the quilt blog world has been an incredible experience.  There are so many lovely people out there!


This first package arrived from Regan at Floating on a Quilted Cloud.  If you remember, we were to meet up for a day here in the area, but the weather decided to intervene.  She mailed these to me as she had made them to give me when we met.  I think she had me in mind!  I peeled back the tissue and found these incredible, teeny tiny quilts!

They are actually magnets and now reside on my refrigerator.   The workmanship is excellent.  Can you see the bead trim on the edges?  

  Back several weeks ago, Minick and Simpson were having a give-away.  They had received enough of an older fabric of theirs to top their Stars and Bars quilt pattern.  Because of this, they assembled one kit and gave it away.  Some of you saw that and alerted me to the opportunity.  Thanks!  I had seen it but passed on the chance for the best reason:  Miss Jean was the kind lady to send Minick and Simpson the fabric, and she had enough for another quilt that she kindly sent to me! She is hoping that I will make a retirement quilt for my husband (he is leaving the Army this summer) and I am planning to do just that!  
This is the wonderful bunting fabric that Miss Jean sent.  I can't express how awesome I find this fabric and how sweet it was of Jean to think of us!  I'm so touched!


A couple months ago, I recieved a bag at one of our guild meetings.  It was from Susan, the same charming lady who filled me/us in on that spectacular Marine quilt from Midatlantic.  She came across this fabric and thought of me!  It is dated 1991 and I've never seen it before.  It is full of possibilities. 

Recently one of my Bee friends went to the Carolinas for a visit.  She treated herself to a stop at Mary Jos.  I'm sure many of you know it.  I had the great pleasure of visiting it in 2001.  For those that don't know, it is something like 30,000 square feet of fabric--a little bit of heaven.  She saw these fabrics:


And brought them back to me.  

Needless to say, I'm feeling extremely spoiled and undeserving as well as completely blessed by the kindness of fellow quilters!

To show some gratification, I am going to have a giveaway.  I will get some things together and the next post I write will announce it.  

Have a great day!  I hope you are feeling some Spring!
JoAnne

13 comments:

  1. Yes, bloggers are special - some lovely things.

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  2. YOU are a very special blogger and I enjoy what you have to share. A few of the ideas you shared wit me (quilt of the month, small block design boards, etc.) we have used at our local guild ... thank YOU!! We haven't met (yet!) but I am hopeful that we may someday. Will you and your husband stay in that area or have you found a "retirement" location? Our snow (170+ inches this winter) is starting to melt; we've had a few days in the 40's with sunshine which helps both the melt and the spirit ;-) Linda

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  3. Quilt bloggers are special and I do love reading your blog. I've gone into your archives and looked around and found nothing but inspiration!!! The tiny quilts are precious.

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  4. What cute little quilts you got and such interesting fabric gifts..

    I sometimes think our quilting/blogger friends know us better than family :) We "get" our quirks and the little things that make us happy and make our day.

    A giveaway is a nice way to pay it forward!

    Happy Tuesday...

    Peggy

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  5. Yes, bloggers are THE best people! Enjoy your lovely fabric.

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  6. Quilters are very generous and we all enjoy reading your blog !

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  7. I agree, quilt bloggers are amongst the kindes and most thoughtful people. We all genuinely care about each other.

    You received some really wonderful gifts...those little quilt magnets from Regan are adorable!

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  8. Aren't quilters just the nicest, most generous people?
    Looking forward to your upcoming "patriotic projects"


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  9. Well, obviously you are very deserving! So many people can't be wrong! All very nice fabrics and I can't wait to see what you do with them. I know you will put them all to good use!

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  10. What wonderful gifts for you, the Patriotic Quilter!!! And I'm going to jump on the bandwagon and agree that quilters are very unique in that we "get" each other... my non-quilting friends and co-workers don't understand... I'm so happy to have my blogland quilting buddies that "get" it, and me! (Those magnets are so cute!)

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  11. I'm so glad you liked the magnets, JoAnne! And I like that idea.....feeling spoiled! I think that's a good thing! :o)

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  12. What wonderful treasures!! Just perfect for you!!! So glad for you!!!

    Blessings and hugs!

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