Since joining SQT back in Sept 2010, i have met many quilters from all corners of the globe. I have connected with like-minded people, and formed some lovely friendships with ladies who share my passion for quilting, and all things vintage ~ in particular, antique quilts.
Jennifer joined Kathy's SQT group a little over a year ago, and we soon discovered that we shared similar quilting styles and a passion for civil war repro fabrics, including a love & appreciation of antique quilts and samplers.
Well, you can imagine my surprise & delight when i discovered that Jennifer was my Secret Santa, this past Christmas...
OMGoodness, i was gobsmacked, as i unwrapped all my SS surprises..so many lovely treats!
Delightful patterns for pincushions and a wool applique table runner, yummy chokkies, a wonderful cook book, cute snowman emery boards, a tiny santa spatula, sweet smelling chock-mint hand cream and the most amazing sewing box... to say i was overwhelmed, is an understatement.
Here a close-up of Jennifer's beautiful needlework... she creates the most beautiful tiny cross stitch designs on aged linen. Can you see the fancy letter M to the bottom right?? how sweet of Jennifer to embroider my initial... i love it!
wait till you see what's on the inside...
more gorgeousness in the shape of compartments lined in beautiful CW fabric & green lace. There's a place for storing needles, a vintage tape measure, a delightful wooden cotton reel (made by Jennifer's husband) and a sweet pair of olde style prim scissors.
Don't you just love the cross stitch pincushion?? it's the sweetest thing, complete with green & purple headed pins :))
Jennifer and i have developed a lovely friendship over these past few months, and we exchange emails on a regular basis.
Some weeks ago, i suggested that it would be fun to do a charm swap, and Jennifer liked the idea. So, we agreed to send each other photos which included a selection of fabrics from each of our stashes. We finally picked the fabrics we liked, fifteen in total, and decided we'd cut them into 10 inch charms.
We sent our charms off to each other, two weeks ago. Jennifer also hinted that she was sending me a little 'surprise'.. a little something to match my sewing box... ooooh i love surprises!!
Well... guess what arrived in the mail yesterday?? a parcel from Jennifer, all the way from Illinois, USA.
I couldn't wait to get home to tear into it!! Little did i know what to expect, when i opened it.
The fabric charms looked so beautiful, rolled up with a tie & sweet little tag.There was a smaller box next to the charms and as i opened it, i let out a tiny squeal.. i couldn't believe my eyes. There before me was the sweetest, darling pincushion on a vintage wooden spool... beautiful beyond words!!
Jennifer does beautiful cross stitch, and i love the design on the pincushion. Can you see the tiny M next to the urn?... it's ever-so tiny & sweet. She used my 'fave' fabric (identical to the lining in my sewing box) for the base of the pincushion and finished it off beautifully with herringbone stitch. But that's not all... she embellished the base with delightful vintage mother-of-pearl buttons... simply adorable! It feel so nice to run my fingers along them :))
My darling pincushion is a little treasure.. it is unique and beautiful beyond words... i love it so!!!
Jennifer's workmanship is exquisite...
how cute are those tiny buttons :)))
they compliment each other beautifully :))
ohhhh... i almost forgot to show you my yummy charms, and the lovely card...
btw Jennifer also included a charm of my 'fave' purple & green fabric... she's a sweetheart :))
the arrival of Jennifer's 'surprise' package was so timely, it made my day.
Jennifer, i am truly overcome by your kindness & generosity... thank you so very much!!
I'm delighted with my charms, and absolutely thrilled to bits with my gorgeous pincushion :)))