It isn't often that I am really surprised. Yesterday was exceptional. I received a small box in the mail. Having recently ordered a new swimsuit (on sale, don't you know?), I didn't tear into the box. I thought that I knew what was inside. It wasn't until about an hour after Hunky Husband had deposited the box into my "in" basket that I idly picked it up to open it.
As I worked at opening the box, I noted that the addressing was hand printed. Unusual for a box from Lands' End...hmmm...the return address said "Buffy". Wow! Now I tore into the box! She had sent me three things: a letter (most welcome!), a DVR of a movie that we had discussed (Wind Talkers starring Nicolas Cage), and a beautiful small quilt that Buffy had made. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Buffy!
I share a photo of the quilt (note how well the colors go with the chair on which it is displayed!) In addition to the beauty of the quilt (precisely constructed!) and to the friendship of its maker, Buffy knew that I would appreciate it for incorporating several of the fabrics that she had shared with me some years ago. How thoughtful can a friend be?!
Buffy doesn't post as much as she used to - other things are taking precedence these days. Foremost on her agenda is preparing to move from the home that she has loved for the past couple of decades. She and her Dear Husband are powering down and sizing down toward retirement. When she has anything that resembles a small chunk of time to do as she pleases, Buffy is a prolific quilter. Batik Quilt shows a block from just one of her cajillion quilts - a real jewel! In fact, on 8/1/2006, Buffy posted about making this quilt at Cop Car, Do You Remember....:...this fabric? in which she includes photographs of the fabrics and of a trial layout. I doubt that Buffy knows how much joy she has added to my life. I should tell her!
I should also thank Bogie who introduced us. Bogie and Buffy were blog pals before I ever made the scene. Thank you, Bogie.