Tuesday, November 29, 2016

A piece of a legend

Well I seem to be back from an unintended blogging break.  I really don't have a good reason for my disappearance, maybe a case of the blahs?  But let me tell you the above little package, excited me!  Wrapped in the contents of that lovely white and pink tissue paper and sweet little floral ribbon are pieces of a legend!

During my week off last week (which should have been way more productive than it was) I received a package in the mail from my dear friend Helen who blogs over at Midget Gem Quilts.  I met Helen during the 2015 New Bloggers Blog Hop and over the past (almost) two years, our friendship has grown.  I knew there was a package crossing the seas on its way to me, but I had no idea what it would be.

I carefully, untied the ribbon, read my card and unwrapped the beautiful tissue paper, to reveal another darling bag (note the name of the shop on the bag) and beautiful teal fabric.  Curiouser and curiouser.

Inside, what is quite possibly the coolest shop bag EVER, I found the cutest little White Rabbit key chain.

I remember Helen telling me about this shop right after we first met, now I have a little piece of it!

Now let's talk about that teal and white polka dot fabric...curiouser and curiouser!

Does anyone recognize this fabric?  I'll give you a minute to think.  No pressure, I knew it the second I pulled it out of the bag.  If you just answered, binding from the Behemoth or Coulter Wedding Quilt you would be 100% correct, and I am applauding you!  David looked at me like I was crazy when I held the fabric up and asked, "Do you know what this is???"

Seriously, I feel like I'm holding a piece of history.  I have followed Helen from day one of the creation of this quilt and enjoyed reading about every minute of her making it.  Some quilts just take on a life and personality of it's own, and the Behemoth is one of those quilts.  You can read more about the Behemoth here.  I feel that it is an honor that she has decided to share some of the left over fabrics with me.

Before I wrap up, I shall mention my list.  I have been working on it, but not as gung ho as I should be.  I do have two more things crossed off and need to share them with you.  Which leaves me with this pile of letters to be appliqued on the bookshelf quilt.

Then you throw in a few squirrels in the form of hot pads, Christmas ornaments and a tree skirt and well, you may see where I got off track.

After finishing his sister's plus quilt, David decided he wanted to make a skirt for our tree and I agreed to quilt it.  So, it became a family project for any future grandchildren to fight over.

So time to crack the whip and get back to work.  Christmas is right around the corner and if I don't get out of this funk, I may only find coal in my stocking...yikes!

So I will leave you when my tiniest fur children.  

When returning to my bed after brushing my teeth, I discovered Junior and Caroline had taken over my spot.  Like they really thought, I was going to be like, sure, I'll just grab the couch??  I can't believe how much he has grown in the short time we've had him...he's bigger than Princess Fuzzy Butt and she's almost a year older than him.

After some sweet talking and the fact I'm still bigger than them, they decided to let me back into bed and curl up with me.  They can be so sweet when the want to be.  You can't see it, but Caroline's paw is resting on Junior.

Even though Junior's feral side still shows from time to time and he's convinced dogs are for hissing at, I think he's glad to not be at his dumpster anymore.


Sharon said...

Tish, you are doing much better than me at blogging...so I totally understand! Love the key chain!!! I can see why you were so excited with the package. Don't crack the whip to hard my friend...enjoy the holidays!

helenjean@midgetgemquilts said...

I think I have a house of squirrels hindering my sewing and blogging these days ! Glad you loved the key ring and the teal spot . I adore the idea of future grandchildren fighting over the tree skirt , my hypothetical grandchildren might just hire a big skip and throw all my stuff in it !!

Yvonne from Quilting Jetgirl said...

What a fantastic package from Helen! I totally knew the polka dot as soon as I saw it, and how perfect is that key chain?!?! :) I love getting updates that you are still making progress through your list and I look forward to seeing some finishes, soon, too.

Puppilalla said...

Thanks for sharing this wonderful moment with us. I think it great that you made such a wonderful friend through blogging and quilting =)

KaHolly said...

What a yummy gift! You sure should feel special! I'm so glad you're able to cross a few things off your list. You know, it's okay to quick jot down something that wasn't on it that you did so you can cross it off, too! ;) xo

Lisa J. said...

hi Tish: I think a few of us have the blahs which is hindering our blogging. What a wonderful gift you received from Helen. Perfect little key chain.

Stitchin At Home said...

I knew that fabric as soon as I saw it. Love that rabbit key chain, oh and the bag. Christmas is going to be here before I know it and I'm not even remotely ready.

Sandra Walker said...

Cuteness!! That pink tongue is just the BEST for chasing away any downers one may have. Sweetness! In the form of Helen. What a darling to get you mementos from a Wonderland shop!! AND scraps of the Behemoth! I followed the construction of that beautiful quilt too, in my fave colour combo. I think that chunk works well with Miss Kate or Paradiso colours no?! ;-)

Cheryl said...

What an awesome package, it was like a little Christmas! Your kitties are so cute too!

Sue said...

I love the key chain, so suited to you and your blog! So nice to See some quality family time happening as well ;-)

Jayne said...

It's been said that quilty friends are the best...you just proved it once again! Love the bag and the keychain! We all get in a funk now and again, luckily we snap out of it too!

Melva said...

Welcome back! I too had an unexpected week off... though I was on the road with no wi-fi connection. Love your kitties <3 Blessings, Melva

Anja @ Anja Quilts said...

What a great gift to receive. I, too, have had a bit of a blog break. Need to get my mojo back and find some time to get sewing. Good luck.

Lara B. said...

Oh dear, I hope your blahs evaporate soon Tish and get replaced with hurrahs! Helen's lovely surprise is a nice start for that.
It seems like a lot of us took blogging breaks off and on this autumn.
Love those two sweet kitties!
Squirrel hotpads - now there's a fun idea, LOL.

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