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.