Happy New Year!
May 2012 bring you all health,
happiness, peace at heart
and lots of love!
Have you ever found yourself dancing alone in your kitchen, singing a crazy made up song and just being plain silly? If so - feels good doesn't it? Well last week I found myself doing just that. I think my new pup Lily was thinking "OMG! is she for real!"
The reason for my giddiness - I had just picked up a box at the Post Office that I was not expecting. At first glance I noticed the return address and was thinking "now what in the world is Jayardi sending me?" Jayardi is my friend Jean who lives in WI. We met on the HGTV Quilting forum about 6 years ago and have met once in person in NH at Quilting Retreat in 2009. She is such a talented soul and just as sneaky. Little did I know that when I opened my mouth a couple years ago and told her I loved a quilt that she had made that she would send it to me. Look at this BEAUTY! It's mine! All mine! I still can't believe she gave this up and sent it to me.
Every year for as long as I can remember, Jean hosts a Scraps to Treasures Quilting Challenge. All the money raised for the raffle of these quilts goes to Charity. Each participant is required to send in a set of blocks (same fabric) for every person in the Challenge. Once the blocks have been distributed you are to make a quilt using all the blocks plus a few extra that you can earn as Bonus Blocks. It is simply amazing how everyone can have the same fabrics to work with and there end up being 30 totally different quilts. This quilt was Jean's entry - she won 2nd Place. Before the voting even took place I mentioned to her that I'd love to know who made it as I absolutely loved it. Little did I know that she was the maker and that a few years later she would gift it to me. I love you Jean - you are #1 in my book!
Oh, did I forget to mention that Jean is also a gifted artist when it comes to machine quilting? Check out the back of this quilt - AMAZING! It is just as pretty as the front. I have the perfect place to hang this quilt - now to buy a beautiful rod.