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 ~