Saturday, May 23, 2009

Swap Gifts

My Spring Blooms Mini Quilt Swap gifts arrived and I’m thrilled to pieces!  My swap partner’s name is Brenda and she owns the Pumpkin Patch Primitives quilt shop in Nashua, New Hampshire.

The irony of having Brenda as my swap partner is that I have visited her website on several occasions and had wanted to place an order more than once.  I restrained myself because Sam said that we would visit the shop while we were on vacation during the summer months and I’d much rather shop in person. 

Even after I received my gifts, I didn’t make the connection until I emailed Brenda to thank her for my gifts and the name sounded familiar.  Then the light bulb went on!

DSCN0459This was what I found when I opened the package…two fat quarters of A’s, Bees and Dandelion Seeds by Jacqueline Paton for Red Rooster Fabrics, the cutest sewing themed resin ornament and a wrapped package tied with a bow.

DSCN0463Inside the package I found a Spring flower pick, a sewing themed note pad and a card from Brenda…along with the ‘piece de resistance’…

DSCN0464the mini quilt which I absolutely love!  It’s done with wool appliquéd on cotton…my favorite! 

Brenda wrote these words in her note that I think sums up what swapping is all about…”I truly hope you like the little quilt I’ve made for you.  It was stitched with love and made in the spirit of friendship”.  

Thanks, Brenda from the bottom of my heart for the wonderful gifts.  I will treasure them always.

Happy stitching!

Kaaren     

20 comments:

Béa said...

Oh ! Lucky Kaaren, I hope to have as much luck as you for this swap ! Very beautiful quilt.
Kiss from France

Stina said...

Ohhh..what a wonderful swap gift you received.... Lucky you!!! And a lot of lovely pink fabrics..:o)

Annette said...

I really love the dandelion fabric. You don't usually see dandelion patterns and I am intriqued by it. What a beautiful swap package.

Stephanie said...

Now you really must visit her shop! What a sweet note and pretty mini quilt and well as lots of other lovely goodies.

Linda / Behind My Red Door said...

What a sweet swap! Those fabrics look darling. With your talent, I can only imagine what they will turn into.

I hope you truly do get to stop at her shop sometime. That would be so much fun. I am headed over to her blog right now to check it out.

Have a great weekend!

hugs, Linda

Sew Many Ways... said...

Hi Kaaren,
Everything is just beautiful...what a wonderful package to open. I've wanted to go to that shop too when we visit family in Derry NH, but never get the chance. Let me know how it is when you go this summer.
Have a great weekend,
~Karen~

jaybird said...

very nice gifts... I love getting surprises and doing swaps!

Dorothy said...

Kaaren, that was a lovely swap gift. Now you'll really have to visit her shop and meet her in person.

Quilt Hollow said...

Very nice indeed! I too have looked at her shop so many times and it is marked in my favorites! Small World

clare's craftroom said...

Wow what a lovely swap gift , no wonder you were thrilled .

Sherri said...

Just a wonderful swap package...and now you'll have even more fun visiting her shop this summer!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Beautiful swap gifts - the wool on cotton is also one of my favorites!

Rumi said...

Isn't coincidence a funny thing? The little quilt you received is oh so very cute too!

Loris said...

What thoughtful and charming gifts. The quilt is lovely. You will have even more fun visiting her shop now.

Carla said...

Lovely gifts. She sounds like a sweet person.

Carrie P. said...

I am a reader of Brenda's blog and saw that little quilt. What a very nice swap you received from her.

DocSly said...

Kaaren, what a lovely mini quilt. I am part of the same swap and can harldy wait to send my package. It is a small world we live in. Happy days!

Calamity Jane's Cottage, Bonnie said...

What a great swap gift, cute little quilt. Isn't it so neat to get to know others through swaps.
Keep Stitchen'
Bonnie

Candace said...

Lucky you, Kaaren! Such sweet gifts - and from a wonderful lady! I hope you get to visit her shop soon!
Cheers!

Joanna said...

Lucky lucky you!!! I know and love Brenda and visit with her often - she is just wonderful as you would imagine:) Anything that she makes you really is made with love:)