On Monday evening, five of my best-est quilting friends and I got together for what I thought was going to be a casual, girls-night-out dinner.
Well it was that...and M-O-R-E!
I was the last one to arrive, not because I was late but because...as I was soon to find out...they had a surprise for me.
Just recently, I celebrated my one year anniversary of being cancer-free. Not a huge milestone, but a significant one nevertheless. Both Darlene and Gail...two of the gals in our quilting sisterhood...are also cancer survivors and can relate as to how each and every day is truly a gift after fighting the disease.
And speaking of gifts, this is what was presented to me at our dinner gathering.
A friendship quilt!
I was caught totally off guard. When I realized what it was and it's significance, the tears just started to flow, not only because of the sentiment attached to the quilt but because of the thought and effort that went into making it.
Here is my initial reaction...caught on camera. It's a good thing there's no sound.
All the blocks are individually signed by my friends.
Here is Darlene's block...
and Rose's block.
Aren't they all gorgeous?
Can you imagine my reaction when I saw the label on the back of the quilt?
If you guessed that I lost it again, you guessed right.
Darlene's Mom hand quilted it which made it even more special.
If there is any doubt in your mind that quilting and blogging friends are the best, doubt no more.
My deepest and most heartfelt thanks once again to Darlene, Debra, Gail, Rose and Nora. You gals are the best...and I am blessed and honored to have you as friends.