Saturday, March 10, 2012

Now THAT'S fabric therapy!

Love in the mail...that is what I found on my doorstep last night.  Kathie of Inspired by Antique Quilts sent me the most amazing care package.  Most of your know I lost my Mom 3 weeks ago, and I've been in a hard space.  I opened this large mailing parcel and pulled out a giant ziploc bag the size of VW bug.  I spent the first hour or so hugging it as if it was a teddy bear.  I am completely blown away by your generosity and thoughtfulness!  What is it about that fabric that is so therapeutic???  Especially when it comes in the mail from a kindred spirit many miles away...
When I stopped crying, curiosity got the better of me and I unzipped the bag.  WOW!  Look at all these lovely, bright and happy 2.5 inch strips!  I am overwhelmed!  These will make such a happy, healing quilt project!
I went to sleep last night dreaming about what to do with them.  It is so nice to be dreaming about quilt patterns and projects again.  I think that when I am sad, that feeling is like an 800-pound gorilla, sitting on my creativity.  When I opened the package, I was inwardly shouting, "monkey, be GONE!!!"  Thank you so much, Kathie!  I am truly touched!
I have been mindlessly sewing some scraps into strips for the past week or so.  I was hoping to use the Featherweight, but I couldn't find the bobbins for that little lovely...I've got to figure out where I put them "for safe keeping."  Lord, I miss my mind...
These little bits are tucked away until I get some time and inspiration.  I had an idea about a month ago of what to do with them, and I need to find my pencil-scratched "doodle" and get on with it.
I'm so touched...and inspired... by your gift, Kathie.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!  I am always surprised and delighted to discover just how wonderful blogland can be for finding and following quilting friends.  I just love quilting...


In stitches,
Teresa  :o)

22 comments:

  1. Can any group of people be more generous than quilters! Just the right medicine! Jan

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  2. Teresa, I have continued to keep you in my prayers. It is so difficult to loose someone we love and need in our lives. I am happy to know you are sewing again.. that was such a nice gift to receive. Yes, quilters are a very generous and caring bunch!

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  3. Oh Teresa,
    I haven't been cruising the internet very much lately, just quick jumps in to check my email sort of thing, so I missed your post entirely.

    I am so sorry for your loss.

    And how wonderful that a friend reached out and gave you a bit of joy.

    Take care.

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  4. I lost my mother last April. For all of the spring and summer I sewed straight seams. When I am sad or grieving (and being in my 50's there is now way too much of that) I sew straight seams. One of the baby quilts that came from straight seam sewing went to my now 4 month old great-nephew. The circle of life goes on. He is my mom's first great-grandchild.
    Hugs,

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  5. What a wonderful surprise for you. How sweet and thoughtful Kathie is!
    Fabric is very therapeutic.

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  6. Those little pieces look like colored snow...very pretty.

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  7. ((hugs)) I am so sorry for your loss. My computer has been whacky lately and I haven't been blog checking, so I missed your post. :-(

    What a wonderful surprise to find at your door~ so full of love and cheer!

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  8. I'm sorry for your loss - it's one of the hardest things to go through, losing your mom. There's nothing like some mindless sewing to get your mind off things. I lost my mom 11 years ago, and still have days that I need to do that. Prayers from BC, Terri

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  9. Kathie is such a generous friend. There is nothing like some bright happy fabric to chase away the blues. Your strips look fun and I look forward to see what you do with them.

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  10. Love in the mail is a wonderful thing. And a more wonderful thing is a friend who hears your heart and answers.

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  11. Oh Teresa, I missed your last post about your dear Mum. I'm so sorry for your sadness and I'm glad quilty friends are helping you heal.

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  12. What a great package. I know that playing in fabric can help most anything. Glad that Kathie sent you such a nice envelope of goodies.

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  13. I too am glad to see you back. I've been praying for you. I lost my mom, also named Mildred 3 years ago and miss her every day. It gets easier and I know she would be proud of me for taking up quilting since she passed. I follow you daily and have missed your posts. Your loss is felt by all of us who admire your talent and inspiration. God bless. Remember to nurture yourself often...fabric stash cuddling works for me.

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  14. I hope that you will find joy in making a quilt with Kathie's gift. It will always remind you of your mom and that she brought together Kathie's fabric with your love of quilting, when you needed it most. It seems that several of the bloggers that I follow have lost a loved one recently. I lost a cousin this week. While not unexpected, it has been hard on his sister who is the one to make all the arrangements.
    Beckie

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  15. I'm sorry Teresa, I missed your last post. I hope the healing sewing - and quilt help you through this time. Best wishes to you and your family.

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  16. So sorry for your loss. I've been a bit under the weather and not reading many blogs, got far behind. What a lovely gift!

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  17. I am sorry to hear of your loss. I lost my father to cancer just over a week ago. So painful but I am struggling to push through as my life is so busy right now. I too am encouraged by the blog world. I am sending hugs your way.

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  18. I was so sorry to read of your great loss. Kathie really is a very generous and kind blogger. It sounds like her surprise really lifted your spirits.

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  19. I have just stumbles across your lovely blog and want to say how glad I am. I am in the middle of making a quilt and your blog is soooooo inspiring to me.
    Like your other followers I am sad about your loss but wow, what a wonderful lady to send you that gorgeous lot of fabric.
    Will be following you from now on to see your creations and keep myself geared up. lol
    Briony
    x
    u.k.

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  20. A lovely surprise from a lovely lady .... her kindness will help you a lot in the days to come.

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  21. How nice of Kathie = she is one of the most generous bloggers I know.
    Enjoy the strips and the new project -
    xo

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  22. What a wonderful, uplifting gift. Kathie is a gem. So glad she helped you find a smile again. Remember to take care of yourself; be good to yourself.

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