Thursday, October 11, 2012

Between Friends

A couple of years ago, my sister had this hair brain idea invited me join her and a wonderful group of ladies  at a quilt retreat at Gruber's. Never mind that I had only been quilting for less than a year, and in no way could match the talent and creativity of this group. She must have caught me at a weak moment, as I said, "Sure, why not? Why wouldn't I fly from Georgia to Minnesota to quilt? Duh!!" Of course, my non quilty friends thought I had lost my mind.  Well, I've had the immense pleasure of quilting with this group for two summers. Last July, we decided to do a swap of "Happies." (hopefully, we have started a tradition to be continued next July). We drew names, returned home, and got busy creating!

I was totally overwhelmed when I received my swap from Cindy, of Live a Colorful Life. She is, after all, the Queen of All Things Selvage ;-)

I had a sneak peek of my "Happy" on Cindy's post Craft Book Month: Sunday Morning Quilts, although I had no idea I would be the recipient of this beautiful basket. Dare I mention that Amanda Jean, co-author of Sunday Morning Quilts, is one of the awesome ladies I have the pleasure of retreating with? I love how Cindy made Amanda Jean's quilted storage box with selvages!!

Included in the Happy was lots of goodies...magnets, tape, pumpkin gumdrops (a first for me), a fat quarter of the prettiest fabric, and ...

my own personalized pin cushion!!!!!!!!!
Michelle, Michelle, Michelle

I absolutely love everything Cindy sent me :) And I absolutely love the friends I have made through this quilting journey!!!

I hope you come back tomorrow to check out the Happy I made for my swap partner!!

~ Michelle ~


  1. Love all the selvage goodies! So creative. I can't wait to see what you made.

  2. SO fun, I made one for Cindy, and of course, I had to include a selvage! Adore the pincushion... that's one advantage to having a name like Michelle vs a name like Doris. ;-)

  3. What a great package! I loved that selvage basket when Cindy posted it. What a sneaky gal. How nice she included all those other goodies too. Isn't it great to have sewing friends who make such wonderful things for you?!

  4. This was so SUPER fun to make for you! I loved every minute of it. I'm glad you like it. I can hardly wait for July!

  5. Cindy created such wonderful gifts for you!! Love all those selvages. Can't wait to see them up close and personal;-)

  6. What a special gift! I am totally jealous! LOL. I am saving selvages to make one for myself after I saw her original blog post about it. Haha! I am so happy to have had the opportunity to hang out with you at these retreats. I hope this is a tradition for a long time, too!