I know. Another post. Today.
There is likely to be yet another.
But I absolutely had to share!
The postman came yesterday bearing gifts.
Yes, you read that right.
Not one, but two.
Actually, even more than that.
But two packages.
One from Lisa and another from Cathy.
Here's a little background.
To be 100% honest, I can't remember when I actually "met" Lisa. I know we crossed paths a few times, exchanged greetings here and there. But when did we become "friends" ... I don't know. We see each other very little, write even less. But I know she's a friend. I think about her often and feel her thinking about me. It's hard to describe. She's there. She's been there. For a long time.
The story of this little quilt started many many years ago. I whipped the top together during an Amish workshop I was giving in Germany. Then it sat in a pile of tops was hung occasionally. Often forgotten. At a quilt show in March 2008, Lisa saw the top pinned up in my booth and asked if she could quilt it for me. Um ... sure ... wow! No hurry, whenever. On and off I had forgotten it over the years. Until it arrived yesterday.
Not just quilted, but embroidered as well.
Tears, goosebumps, gratitude, love.
Can you SEE how fine that quilting is?
Did I mention that the entire quilt measures 11-1/2" squares.
Those tiny green squares you see above are 1/2"!
Her note said I could remove the embroidery if I didn't like it.
Are you kidding?
I LOVE IT.
I saw it first. The initials. A J A S. Axel looked at it and was a bit puzzled. You see, my middle name is Adria so it all made since until he got to the S ... Goldschmidt? And then it hit and he cried too. The poor man. Sometimes I just want to scoop him up into my heart and hold him there.
The second package was from Cathy.
A new friend.
I think I met her through my friend Maria first.
I live in Belgium, Maria was living in Colombia, Cathy lives in Maryland.
What's the connection?
Yep, you guessed.
Sometimes I hate social media.
But how can you hate it when it brings people like Cathy into your life?
The second package contained not one
but two of these wonderful little heart blocks!
They're so sweet.
How did you know?
That I love most things Amish?
That they belong here?
I haven't decided what to make.
But it will be special.
Because you cared.
Because you're my friend.
Cathy also sent this book.
We're looking forward to spending some quiet times together.
Reading it together.
The gifts are beautiful. They are wonderful.
But nothing compares to the gifts of your friendship.
Thank you to both of you for your love and kindness.
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