The Kindness of Friends

Yesterday I received a package in the mail. It was completely unexpected and absolutely made my day. I looked at the return address on the package, trying to figure out what it was and saw it was from Janine. Janine blogs at Quilts From the Little House and we became friends a couple of years back, when both of us were quite new to the quilt blogger community. When I saw her name I smiled to myself, wondering what the heck she had sent to me!

Take a look at this sweet gift – all wrapped up in a pretty floral fabric.

As if the fabric wasn’t enough of a surprise, the gift inside was even more so. I got a bit choked up when I opened this. She made this adorable frame for me and tucked a picture of my new grandbaby inside.

I love the little saying in the bottom right corner, Life is Grand. Isn’t that perfect for a first time grandmother? She did a fantastic job with the frame. I think she decoupaged the plaid background on to a wooden frame and trimmed it out with a deep burgundy braid around the outer edge. It is lovely and I smile at Janine and Baby Girl each time I walk by it!

I want to talk about several more very kind quilt bloggers! I have been supported by this community so much during the new year as I expanded my Etsy shop to include quilter’s cotton fabrics. People within this community have cheered me on, shopped my little shop, and shared what I have been doing. I am so appreciative of each act of kindness.

There are six bloggers who are, as I write this, making some really great projects using fabrics from Needle and Foot. They are participating in a Grand Opening Blog Hop to celebrate my shop and all of the gorgeousness it now offers. This event begins on Monday, March 20th and you won’t want to miss it! There will be projects and fabric shared as well as giveaways at each stop along the hop. Mark your calendars and join in on the fun! I think I will leave it a surprise as to which bloggers are involved. A little anticipation is a good thing. Just know I am truly grateful to each of the six for helping to celebrate my expansion!

Finally, I had the good fortune to meet and talk with fabric designer, Maureen Cracknell, by phone this week. We had such a great conversation and I will share this with you on Tuesday next week as the second installment of my “Meet the Designer” series. Maureen is a talented and incredibly kind individual and I feel grateful to have had this opportunity. I hope you will come back and check out the interview and get to know her better too. As with the first Meet the Designer post, all of the fabric in my shop, designed by the featured designer (Maureen Cracknell this time!) will be on sale for the week. This will be a great opportunity to pick up some gorgeous Garden Dreamer cuts at a reduced prices.

So much is going on right now! I am loving every bit of it. I will leave you with this sweet photo of Baby Girl. I love these tiny hands and feet and suspect this picture will make you smile.

 

20 thoughts on “The Kindness of Friends

  1. Linda

    Awww that is SO sweet! Janine is a sweetheart, and I love that frame! I have really enjoyed watching you grow and enjoy yourself via your blog and Etsy shop. I love that your joy in all this translates so well across the internet! Can’t wait for your Grand Opening! šŸ™‚

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    1. Bernie Post author

      I don’t really know what I expected when I first started blogging but I sure love how it has turned out. I am so grateful for the friends I have made, you are one of the best! It gives me a great creative outlet and something that I am continually thinking about – so many ideas swirling around in my head, know what I mean??

      Have a great Monday Linda! Thank you for all of the sweet comments – I appreciate it.

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  2. JanineMarie

    (Oh, now I’m blushing.) I am so looking forward to your next interview–I enjoyed the first one. I’m in awe of the people who design all the lovely fabric collections. And your Grand Opening!! I can’t wait to see the projects. What a wonderful year you are having! Now I have to scroll back up again and get another look at the teeny tiny baby parts.

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    1. Bernie Post author

      No blushing needed. The frame was a wonderful treat to receive Janine!
      I agree with your thoughts on designers. When I learned Maureen’s story last week, I was just so impressed. She is a very sweet, interesting gal.

      Happy Monday!!!

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Hi Anne, I am just calling her Baby Girl to give my kids a little privacy. The internet is a strange place sometimes.

      The gift was such a lovely surprise. Janine is a very thoughtful friend.
      Have a great week! Hope you are able to find some time for sewing!

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  3. Kate

    That’s a lovely thoughtful gift, and that tiny foot, makes my heart melt. I will look forward to your meet the designer interview, I really enjoyed the last one.

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Oh my gosh – her little feet are adorable. She seems to have very long fingers and she always keeps her hands up by her neck or face. She has found her thumb numerous times so maybe she is a thumb sucker? I love how a baby shows its personality so soon – each one is unique.
      Hoping to post the interview with Maureen tomorrow. I think you will enjoy it.

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Aren’t those little feet adorable? That picture is so sweet. She has her first check up today. Her mama and daddy are doing great with her and adjusting to that weird sleep deprivation feeling quite well!

      Hope you are doing well and that you get some warmer temperatures soon. It has been awfully cold up there lately.

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  4. Kristi

    Such a sweet story! The kindness of friends is really what counts in this world! The baby foot is just precious! Looking forward to you next interview! šŸ™‚

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Thank you Kristi. I am just putting the final pieces together for the interview with Maureen. Hopefully it will go up tomorrow.
      Hope you had a good weekend. It was absolutely gorgeous outside:-)

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  5. Preeti

    The baby is a bundle of sweetness and charm. Love the bright fabric – makes me smile just looking at it. But the winner of this post is Janine. Such a sweet and unexpected gift.

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