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Wednesday, 10 October 2018


My post today is a big thank you to a friend I've never met.  Monday morning saw me suffering big time still with my sciatica and I was generally feeling very sorry for myself.  I do my best to not make a fuss or moan so was here in my sewing room twiddling my thumbs with no customer's sewing to do when my postman knocked at my door.  He handed me a parcel from a special friend called Catriona from Scotland.  She and I have been in touch for years, she follows my blog and we have emailed etc.  She had seen that we had bought a motor home and just decided to share some of her stash with me....so that's what's on my desk today.

In my parcel was....

3 large pieces of fabric with camper vans on them.

A gorgeous bag that she had made...she says she uses one when going across the camp site to the showers....and that's exactly what this one will be used for.

A bag full of lavender....because when I had spoken to her last I had mentioned I was looking for ideas to use my Laura Ashley fabric samples for.

A bag containing tiny hearts with 'made with love' on, a Scottish badge and a roll of tape with 'handmade' on......just because.

I was completely blown away by her generosity and I have to say she couldn't have chosen anything better or sent it to me to arrive at a better time.

All I can say is thank you from the bottom of my heart Catriona....and I will look forward to buying you that coffee when we meet in real life.

So on my desk now is....

Fabric chaos....I've sorted out all my fun, colourful pieces of fabric and have now cut out enough squares to make two quilts to go in our motor home.....there really is no better therapy is there?

The other thing I've made from the Laura Ashley samples Margaret sent us is this set of 6 coasters....I've machine embroidered each one and quilted them.

That's all from me for this week.  This blogging lark really is a wonderful thing and this week has really proved it to me.
Annie x


Helen said...

what a fabulous gift you received! I am sure you will love putting all that to good use. Love the embroidered coasters, too. Helen #2

Catriona Mason said...

Thanks for the lovely post-looking forward to seeing the quilties in all their brightness.

Claire said...

Precious gifts seem to always arrive at just the right time!
Happy WOYWW :)
Claire, no.1

Shaz Brooks said...

Hi Annie, what fab presents you got! That camper van fabric is gorgeous. Blogging friends are the best, aren't they? I feel your pain on the Sciatica front- got up with it myself yesterday! Not agony, but I could do without it. Went and bought some Deep Heat spray yesterday, that's helping, but bloody hell it stinks, rofl!Have a lovely week, Hugs, Shaz #5 XxX

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

A great post. So many great people in blogland. She had some great ideas for what she sent you. That lavender made up in tiny fabric is great gifts. I went back as far as last week to catch up. LOVE your new camper. And a visit from Lisca ! Enjoy popping in on her adventures. Milly will have fun adjusting. Your grands are such a delight and growing so big.I truly hope you get over the pain. Someplace on FB I saw a stretch exercise to help that. And The sweetest pin cushions. Have fun, heal fast and Happy WOYWW

glitterandglue said...

Morning Annie. What a lovely generous gift from your friend - I'm sure you will make good use of that fabric - those and your colourful fun ones look so good together. Fancy sleeping in a camper van under a quilt covered i9n yet more camper vans!! FUN! I see you have used more of that fabric - great idea - well done. I snook down and looked at your previous post - a great day out I'd say! You have now consumer tested your van - I remember John and I sneaking out with caravan in tow on occasions - yes, just for the day.
Take care. God bless.
Margaret #4

Angela Radford said...

What a great friend she is and a brilliant collection she's sent. I especially love the camper van fabric, it's gorgeous. Have a lovely woyww, whatever you choose to do. Angela x13x

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

What lovely post, people really are wonderful and it's amazing how such kindness can take away our aches, pains and woes.. Look forward to seeing what you create with that sweet camper van fabric.
Take care & I hope the pain eases soon.
Happy WOYWW Tracey #6

Twiglet said...

Great post Annie - well done to Catriona on choosing such spot on bits and bobs to send you - perfect! Love the little coasters - can you also make time!!!!xx Jo

Julia Dunnit said...

Oh Lordy Annie, am sorry to hear about the sciatica, i think u Nader the circs you are definitely allowed to have a bit of a wallow now and then, there’s just no where to put yourself is there. So step in Catriona and wow, great timing and how uplifting a gift, how sweet and generous of her, you are the person who will use it all to it’s most and best, so I expect she was very happy to treat you! Love the fabric frenzy on the desk, and look forward to the day that the motor home and all its home made coziness might visit!

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Yay for happy mail, how kind of Catriona- just the sort of thing to cheer anyone up. I'm so sorry to hear your sciatica is getting you down, it's an awful thing. That fabric will help, I recognise some of the FQs on the right, the same we're a gift to me from a friend too!!
Hugs LLJ 10 xxx

Sarah Brennan said...

What a lovely and generous surprise gift indeed Annie. Hope you are feeling a little better. Happy belated WOYWW. Sarah #3

Heather Marshall said...

Hi Annie, for sure that is the best kind of post to receive! Sorry your sciatica is still causing problems. The campervan fabric is so perfect! I'm looking forward to seeing the finished articles. I agree the blogging lark is indeed a wonderful thing - all the people we would never have met otherwise (in person or virtually). Have a lovely week Heather x #27

Neet said...

Sorry I am so late in visiting but I have had a very mixed and busy week. Plus I am suffering too with my back pain. But we won't dwell on that one will we.
What a wonderful parcel you received - and what wonderful timing your friend Catriona chose. I love the campervan fabric and the sunny bag to visit the showers with - perfect!
It's lovely sat here today seeing the sunlight dappling through the trees whilst I okay catch up. Hope you are having a nice day.
Hugs, Neet 9 xx

ShazInOzCardsCalligraphy said...

Doing some catch up. So happy for you Annie, how wonderful!!

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