Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Giving and receiving...

In approaching New Year's Eve, I am counting my blessings as I do every year at this time, and today I am so thankful for my quilting friends, both near and far.
I am thankful for my quilt guild and for all the lessons that I have learned from them - about quilting and about life in general, the opportunities I have had because of my association with them, and the great memories I have experienced over the last 15 years.
This is a needlecase that Jackie (one of our past presidents) made for me as a 'thank you' gift for helping to demo projects at the December guild meeting. Isn't it fabulous?!? I love the stitchery on the front, and on the inside it has tiny pockets and a piece of batting to hold my needles. I love it and plan to use it frequently in 2010 as I hope to finish my "Journey of a Quilter" project, which I have been working on for 2 years already! Thanks again Jackie! That was a fun quilty surprise!
I am also thankful for all the quilting friends I have met through blogging. It's a big quilting world out there, full of inspiring people, who are making the world more beautiful through their creativity!
And being inspired by Julie's blog giveaway, I am going to have a draw to give away a package of  75  "Prints Charming" squares -  5" charm squares which I bought at Calico Gals this week...yes I went to New York! (I'll blog about it in my next post and tell you about my purchases). I bought 3 charm packages - 1 to give away to a blog reader, 1 to give away to a guild member at the January meeting and 1 to keep.
If you would be willing to sew these squares together (in any pattern) and then donate the resulting top (or finished quilt!) to your favorite charity, please leave me a comment. On January 1, 2010  I will draw the name and announce the winner of the charms.


  1. Kathy, you so right about how blogging has opened up a world of new quilting friends and ideas. This has been a wonderful year for me as well. I'd love to enter your drawing for the charm pack. These would be wonderful to go in the Quilt for Kids quilts I've started making in 2009 and that I plan to continue in 2010.
    Happy New Year!

  2. Thank you for generosity...I would love to be in the drawing!!

  3. I have made a couple of "I Spy" quilts before as baby gifts. If I win the charm pack, I will make the quilt and give it to our local Children's Aid Society for a child in care. This is the outreach project of the London Friendship Quilters Guild. I am a member of the guild. Thanks for your generous giveaway! And--Happy New Year! Gail at

  4. Let's see if this will work. I would love to be in your draw Kathy. The fabrics looks so cute for kids quilts that I make for the hospital neonatal unit.
    All the best in the new year!

  5. I will be making lots of little quilts this coming year for stillborn babies and donating them to the local hospital. These squares would be great to use in these efforts. Please enter me in your drawing.

  6. Sounds like a fun project. Please add my name to the drawing! Happy New Year, Kathy.

  7. What a great idea for the giveaway. My guild makes quilts for the hospitals and I would make a top out of those squares for it.

  8. Hi Kathy ... Love the quilt store ... How did you find it? Please enter me in your draw ... I could make a quilt for the Pediatric Sexual Assault Centre at our local hospital. Happy New Year to you and your family. jr from Guelph