Unexpected Christmas Gift
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
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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
in store next
decorator but I have never sock rather than sew it!
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.
she made me
her gift making plan and give me memory quilt! The fabric swatch
a handmade gift contained things
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.
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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.
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.