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Unexpected Christmas Gift

Sharon Kalinowski

Have any of you ever received a gift that left you speechless? Well this year I did and want to share my story. I am the first (note: not the oldest…. I think it sounds better) of seven children. I have 2 sisters and 4 brothers. I am blessed that we all get along very well and we all have a good sense of humor. Each year I go up to the Boston area the first week of December to spend time with my family and celebrate an early Christmas. Being a quilter, I always make a number of my gifts.

While up north I usually stay at my sister Doreen’s house. She is a great hostess and we have a lot of fun

together. Since I fly up to visit, my Christmas gifts remain unwrapped until I get there. While I was wrapping, Doreen was watching and taking mental note of what I had made. She declared that she was tired of all the oohs & ahs I always got from the recipients of my handmade items, especially from our

mom. out do

She me.

vowed to do something about that and said next I was not concerned, but rather intrigued to see

year she was going to make some gifts and

what

was

in store next

year.

She is

a

great

decorator but I have never sock rather than sew it!

seen

her

sew

a

stitch.

When

she

was

young

she

would

safety

pin

a

hole

in

her

Sunday night after we had finished our gift exchange, Doreen surprised me with a very nicely decorated

gift bag and told me she had decided to accelerate

especially for me.

To my

surprise

she made me

a

her gift making plan and give me memory quilt! The fabric swatch

a handmade gift contained things

from

our

week

together…

a

paper

napkin

for

all

the

meals

we

ate

out,

a

fork

and

knife

ribbon

to

symbolize

all the meals she didn’t cook, a purple something (she adores purple), a “you rock” sticker because I awesome and a crown to remind me I was a queen to her. She even attempted a nine patch block. proudly exclaimed that she did not sew a stitch but used a new technique for quilting called stapling.

am She She

says she doesn’t know why I spend so much time sewing… this is much easier. She was able to put it together in less than a day. She said that if the PQs play their cards right, she would be willing to teach class next time she is in town! And yes ladies, she included a label. It is an index card containing all the pertinent info about the quilt. Of course, it is stapled to the back of the quilt.

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It was a great gift that makes me giggle each time I look at it. Things don’t have to cost a lot to be precious. Laughter shared with loved ones is the best gift of all. I hope you too will have many laughs with family and friends in the New Year.

My big surprise gift I will bring it for show and tell at the next PQ meeting.

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