Friday, February 12, 2016

Best Surprise Gift Ever

I can't completely say that I didn't know this package was coming, but finding out about it was a complete surprise.  When I started blogging last year, I had no idea what I was doing and really didn't know anyone who blogged.  I just kind of jumped in with both feet and gave it a try.  Absolutely the best decision I have ever made.  I have made so many friends and hope to make so many more who share the same passion as I do.

One of the people that I met through the New Bloggers Blog Hop was Sandra over at mmm!quilts .  We started out by commenting on each others' posts every now and then.  Slowly those posts turned into email conversations.  Not only do we have a love for quilting, but we both passionately love our pibble (Sandra's cuter term for pit bulls) babies.  Like all mamma bears, we would fight for our four legged children, who receive unfair bad raps. We would have 4 or 5 different email conversations going at a time.  Finally one day Sandra asked me if I used iMessage and I do.  Holy cow best idea ever!  We talk darn near ever day.  Our conversations have ranged from very deep and philosophical to this...
I am the victim of spell check all the time.  All the time,

It's funny how some people you feel like you've known forever and I mean that as a complement.  Even though I have never met her in person, I feel like we have been friends forever, she gets me and my humor.

The other day she sent me a picture of an amazing pillow cover...BEAUTIFUL.  Then she sent a super up close picture and there stitched in white thread was the little letters T-I-S-H.  What??  She made it for me.  I've never had anyone make me something like that before.  My sappy girl happy tears started forming in my eyes.

I can't help but to just look at it and pet the pretty quilting.  Sandra, I would lick it if I could, because I'm pretty sure it would taste like blue raspberries and strawberries. (She gets that, we are weirdos)  I feel honored that she would send this to me.  I know how much work she put into it, because I free motion quilt too.  She's crazy (good crazy)...why would she send this???

Look at all those details!
Look at those feathers!!!
And there in the middle right above the binding is my name.  It's a small detail that she always adds to gifts that she makes for people.  I've always loved that little touch.  It's like a small Where's Waldo.

She backed it in Paradisio and even included a few fat quarters.

I'm not sure I can thank her enough for this over the top thoughtful gift.

Hopefully, if all goes as plans, I will get to meet my friend in person this spring when she travels back home.  Not only Sandra, but the world famous MacGyver and squeal, my furry man, Rocco!

Also, a long lecture has been given to the teenager (similar to the lecture I gave concearning the 3 signed books by my favorite authors) that this is a family heirloom and cannot be sold in a yard sale for $1.00 when I'm dead.  I will come back to haunt her! 

Sandra has her own story to share about this quilt and the quilting of it.  I believe she intends to share it in a few days, but for today I had to share this amazing gift.  Quilters, we are a big hearted bunch.

And on a side note, I am super excited to be participating in the Craftsy Sweetens Up My Quilting Life Blog Hop going on right now.  It is being hosted by Julie (Pink Doxies) and Sandra (mmm!quilts) and they have put together a kick butt blog hop, if I do say so myself.  Below is a schedule for the hop.  Make sure you stop by and show all the ladies some love and take advantage of the super cool sales and give aways.  What a great way to treat yourself to something sweet!

Wednesday Feb 10th
Judy--Quilt Paradigm--Cindy Needham Design It Quilt It an
On a side note...have you heard what's been going on?  Why the Craftsy Sweetens Up My Quilting Life Blog Hop, hosted by Sandra (mmmquilts) and Julie (Pink Doxies).  Today is day 3 and if you haven't checked it out you should.  Great reviews of Craftsy classes, fabrics and patterns and of course, awesome sales and give aways.d Machine Quilting Wholecloth Quilts
Helen--Midget Gem Quilts--Jacquie Gering Creative Quilting With Your Walking Foot

Thursday Feb 11th
Cindy--Stitching At Home--Amy Johnson Quilting With Rulers on a Home Machine
Vicki--Vicki's Crafts--fabric purchases, deals

Friday Feb 12th
Zenia--A Quilted Passion--Elizabeth Dackson Start FMQ, Christina Cameli Secrets of FMQ, and Angela Walters Help! How Do I Quilt It?
Jayne--Twiggy and Opal--Supplies: Pressing/cutting mat and Mini iron

Saturday Feb 13th
Tish--Tish's Adventures in Wonderland (Me)--Angela Walters Dot-To-Dot Quilting, Caro Sheridan Shoot It!, and Jessica Marquez Product Photography At Home
Anja--Anja Quilts--Patterns; Postcard from Sweeden, 1 hr Basket, Star Bright, and Reusable Handwarmers

Sunday Feb 14th
Beth--Cooking Up Quilts--Amanda Murphy 20 Fresh Applique Techniques
Preeti--Sew Preeti Quilts--fabric purchase, Kaffe Fassett Classics Design Strips

Monday Feb 15th
Julie--Pink Doxies--Joan Wolfrom Color Play for Quilters
Sandra--Musings of a Menopausal Melon-mmm! quilts--Angela Walters Machine Quilting:Small Changes, Big Variety and Free Motion Quilting With Feathers, and review fabric purchases and patterns Sea Glass and Snowflake

If you get a chance, stop by and show all these lovely ladies some love and take advantage of the great deals and maybe win a give away.  What a great way to treat yourself.

Today I'm linking up with TGIFF, and Can I Get a Whoop! Whoop


Leanne Parsons said...

What an amazing gift! The quilting on it is exquisite! Lucky you :)

Shelina (formerly known as Shasta) said...

That is a gorgeous pillow. Love the beautiful fabrics and that fmq is exquisite!

Nancy J said...

Beautiful gift, and so special. Always a treasure.

Yvonne from Quilting Jetgirl said...

How beautiful, Tish. It is so awesome to meet and connect with people through our blogs. Who would have ever thought, huh??? :) <3

Sandra Walker said...

:-) You've told your half of the story so well, and with such compliments to moi. The least I could do for what you did. And I had to do some pretty special FMQ; yours is so fabulous, so I had to meet you at your 'bar'...and I don't mean wine bar, although that, my sweet friend, is GOING to happen soon. Since I love to read too, you have to tell me what authors signed their books for you?? It's as good as meeting quilt celebs, meeting authors!

Stitchin At Home said...

As I already told Sandra this is BEAUTIFUL!!! The new quilt bloggers was the best thing that could have ever happened. And yes quilters are super generous.

Anja @ Anja Quilts said...

What a lovely gift...from a great friend. I've been getting to know Sandra as well. It's amazing that you can connect with someone you've never met.

Lara B. said...

That is the most wonderful story Tish and the most wonderful surprise from Sandra! She is a gem and a real blessing! NOW i get the reference she made to wanting to lick a quilt. Hahahahahaha! And I still say you two should go to a star studded quilt show together.

helenjean@midgetgemquilts said...

Wow . A fantastic gift from s great friend ! And will your daughter let me know when she has your yard sale 😉?

Cheryl said...

What a wonderful gift, the quilt and the quilting are just beautiful.

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