Dear friends, I don’t know what to write … not that I don’t have anything to say but how … have a look first …
There is one dear friend far away … we have never met. She reads my blog, writes sweet comments and now and then we change emails. I know she loves animals and she is a quilter. She made me think more about quilting and to realize how much more it is than just sewing pieces of fabrics.
I didn’t know anything about ‘The Quiltmaker’s Gift’. Now I know … and much more … I know that quilting is giving and sharing. I knew that quilters who write blogs are amazing and helpful people who share their knoledge, take the time to make tutorials, patterns and are always willing to help beginners and everyone.
… but I could have never guessed that one day one quilter from the other side of the world sends to me all this. Today I don’t use these ‘!’ little marks because they could never describe how I feel. When my ‘unknown’ friend asked my address and said that she likes to send me something I thought perhaps she has few fabric pieces she likes to share.
When my most helpful hb came from the post office and carried the huge packet I couldn’t believe my eyes. And it was heavy …
… because between all the fabrics there were three books. I love books and each one of these is very special.
Susan Branch‘s “A Fine Romance – Falling in love with the English Countryside” is a treasure. I thought first oh how beautiful book and how nice my friend thought this knowing that my sister is in England … then I opened it and I’m sure my mouth was open … it’s written and illustrated by hand …
I try to read it very slowly but when I open it, it’s difficult to stop reading. Susan Branch’s site and blog are full of beautiful stories and things.
The second book “The Quiltmakers Gift” looks – and it is – children’s book but not only. It’s full of beautiful illustrations and it has a lovely teaching story. And it has quilts …
I love this page … even every page is very inspiring. I found a youtube link for this book.
The third book is “More quilts from The Quiltmaker’s Gift”. This is a fantastic book because it has very much information but also beautiful patterns, ideas and tips how to use the patterns in many ways. As you have seen (or haven’t because) I don’t use very much traditional blocks but now I feel that traditional quilting is the base for quilting and patchwork. To learn more and to expand my quilting I want now to make also something with traditional blocks. The best would be to make some beautiful sampler quilts … but time will show.
Here are two examples from this book … there are several pages for each of 19 patterns. Very good explinations and drawings for piecing and for every step to make a quilt.
These books and fabrics and this unbelievable packet made me think quilting more deeply. Even I have been quilting only 4-5 years, there comes now and then moment that it’s time for something ‘new’. This year it was about paper piecing and foundation piecing. Perhaps next year brings something with traditional but still modern and ‘my style’.
There is something else that has made me think about the history of quilting, but that is a story for an other time.
Among these adorable fabrics there are some fabrics that have been made especially for ‘The Quiltmaker’s Gift’ books and quilts. I hope that I dare to use these fabrics and don’t only save them. They are big pieces so I can enjoy them long time what ever I decide to make. There are lots of colours that I have missed.
As you can understand there is now way to thank enough … but I thank you from the bottom of my heart, Sonja! I wish we lived closer and we could meet and I wish you had a blog and we all could get to know you, Sonja, I hope this post describes just a little bit how touched and grateful I am.
Where I live, quilting is not common and there is no way to find quilting fabrics or books so all this was even more special to me.
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I wish you all beautiful October, happy quilting and lots of sunshine in your lives!
See you soon with new quilting adventures!