Hi Quilting Friends!
Welcome to the “Stitch It and Gift It!” blog hop, hosted by our friend Carla at “Creatin’ in the Sticks”. We’ve enjoyed hopping around to see what the other participating bloggers have been stitching and/or gifting. We hope that you’ll be inspired too!
When we read about this blog hop, Sharon was concerned that we really didn’t have anything to blog about. I reminded her that my best, best quilting friend (Linda) at work was retiring and two of us in our little lunchtime crafting crew were making her a few special gifts. My friend Jeanette and I decided to make Linda some coffee cup cozies and chose three designs from a couple of Nancy Halverson’s books.
First things first, our friend Jeanette had been exposed to blanket stitching when she was younger and would need a refresher lesson. She and Linda were working on a little bunny banner made from wool felt, so Jeanette and I found an excuse on that project to practice her stitches before she started stitching on her cozy.
Sharon and I were meeting Linda at one of the local quilt shops, so it was my job to purchase some fabrics that Linda would love, without her knowing that the fabrics would be used on the project for her. Linda believed that I was shopping for Jeanette so that she could make a mug cozy for her mom in bright spring colors. Sharon kept bringing fabrics to put with the others that were atrocious (ON PURPOSE), definitely not something that “Jeanette’s mom” would like, so I asked Linda to please “save me and help me find fabrics for Jeanette” (Sharon was in on the sneaky too!). If you recall, Linda is the friend for whom I made a black/white/red quilter’s bag last year. I was really sneaky while getting that project together, allowing Linda to select several of the fabrics for her bag.
Here’s the fabric pull with pretty bright colors that Linda chose for her mug cozy from Jeanette:
Now the fun begins, stealthily stitching with Linda still unaware of the surprises that were in store for her. Time flew by and Jeanette finished her flowers … aren’t they cute?
I made some bunnies and also some snowmen.
It was really fun finding coffee mugs to wrap with the cozies. I love the messages on these two mugs.
Linda is now officially retired and I miss her smiling face at work, but I love to see all of the projects that she has been able to finish now that she has more time to “play”! She has promised that she’ll meet me at the quilt shop, every now and then.
Thank you for joining me on my little adventure where I got to help Jeanette remember how fun it was to embroider and surprise Linda with gifts to let her know that we are always thinking about her! It is such fun to “Stitch It and Gift It!” We’d love to hear your stories about stitching, and/ or gifting, so please leave a comment. And don’t forget to visit the rest of today’s participating bloggers for inspiration!
Here’ the list of today’s participating bloggers: