A Special Challenge Quilt

Last December I received a special gift in the mail.  And I’ve been planning to show it to you ever since.  Is it really February?  How did it get to be February so fast?  Next thing you know I’ll blink and you’ll be telling me it’s March.  Or worse yet, that Christmas is just a few days away.  Is your life passing before your eyes too?  Or is it just me?

This is the cute little quilt that showed up in my mailbox last December.  My friend, Cyndie, made it and sent it to me.  Even though I haven’t actually seen Cyndie since I was 10 years old.  We were best friends way back then.  And then she moved away and we lost touch.  But we got reconnected through this blog!  And she and I have been email buddies ever since.

Look at the special hand quilting stitches in this fabulous little quilt.  You see, last January I surprised Cyndie by mailing her a yard of our 2011 Challenge fabric.  And she made two quilts.  One to keep and one to send to me.  Totally unexpected by me.  What a fun surprise!

More up close pics of her wonderful quilting.  Cyndie is the primary caregiver for her Mom.  I think of her often.  She told me how she stitched on this quilt while sitting with her Mom in the evenings.  Her Dear Mom has alzheimer’s disease and lives with Cyndie and her Dear Hubby.  Cyndie is a hero to me.

I am praying that one day Cyndie will be able to come to Texas for a JSS Retreat.  I would love to see her again after all these many years.  How fun that we share a love for quilting!  Didn’t she do a great job on this cute little quilt?

Look how she appliquéd the little bees in various places.  So cute and clever.  And I absolutely adore all the little hand quilting stitches.

One more look at the whole quilt……

Aren’t I just the most blessed blogger in the whole world?  Thank you, Cyndie.  It was an absolutely terrific surprise.

Funny how we can all be connected through the world of the internet.  Someday I must remember to tell you the story of how I met my friend, Susan……..

P.S.  My Dear Mom is home from the hospital and doing very well.  Thanks so much to all who wrote comments of concern last week!

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8 Responses to A Special Challenge Quilt

  1. Pam says:

    Here’s sending you more warm well wishes for your Mom; also the best to your friend as her care giving means so much to her Mom also. The quilt is gorgeous! and Time does fly! Have a lovely day!

  2. Cyndie in Ohio says:

    Sweet Barb,
    Thank you, I am so honored to have the little quilt featured in your blog. It was a lot of fun to make and Mother was really proud and excited to watch me stitch on it.

    We are all blessed to have Moms and Dads that loved and cared for us and now the opportunity to “carry them” when they need it most is a privilege.

    I too hope to one day make it to a JSS retreat, that would be so fun. Thanks for sharing your life through this blog, it is inspiring and edifying to many.


  3. Karen Smith says:

    Hi Barb,

    Your quilt from friend Cyndie is so pretty. Friends are truly special people.
    I’m glad to hear your Mom is doing well. Please give her my love.

    Happy thoughts,
    Karen Smith.

  4. Cindy Smith says:

    I love what she did with the quilt. Great job friend!

  5. Judy Terry Linn says:

    Hi Cyndie,
    GREAT quilt! I know you are friends with Barb. Do you realize you just gained a whole gaggle of friends because of your association….. JSSers can’t wait to meet you!
    Where are you in Ohio?
    Blessings to you and your fam!
    Thanks, Barb for sharing this!

  6. Cyndie says:

    Wow! So much talent and dedication to their craft. Thanks for sharing these beautiful quilts! I feel I must go back in my cave and know my place. Humility is a good thing. 🙂

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