Monday, October 7, 2013

Small Gifts Full of Meaning

Hello Everyone,
Quilt Sue's visit came to an end way too soon yesterday morning. Mr. Joe, Gail and I escorted her back to the San Francisco airport for her return flight to London.  We had a family send-off the night before with a barbecue topped off by cupcakes sporting an American flag.


Sue was so thoughtful and brought gifts for all of my grandchildren.  In return, the girls made Sue a drawing of the Union Jack inscribed with little thank you notes.

Sue made us a wonderful table topper which is a perfect match in our kitchen.  Just look at the plaid she used!  This will be a wonderful reminder of Sue, and the good times we enjoyed during her visit to California.

Nancie Anne gave us each a crown in honor of the Queen's visit which we wore proudly.  (So did our dogs.)

Nancy also gave us little bunnies.  If the air fares keep sky-rocketing, we can row across THE POND to see each other!

My friend and neighbor Ruth, gave Sue, my sister Gail, and me a wonderful Jim Shore sewing machine box. 

Inside the box is a tiny little pair of scissors and spool of thread.  This will be the perfect place to put my Mother's silver thimble so it will never get lost. 

On the bottom of the box it says, "Create A Life Sew Beautiful".  Isn't that what we do as quilters?  We get together and quilt with our friends, creating a life sew beautiful.  Our lives and hearts were filled with friendship, laughter (Sue kept us in stitches), and love over the past twelve days.  Her presence was Sew Beautiful!



  1. Yep...we'll miss her...but her voice & wit will emerge from her posts & email even stronger now. What a wonderful experience we all giggly little grade school girls reuniting and despite the reflectin in the mirror, realizing we really hadn't changed so very much.

  2. Hello Lynn,

    It has been wonderful to hear about your times together, Sue will have some wonderful memories of her time in the USA.

    Happy days.

  3. It looks like you all were having an amazing time together, enjoying every moment to the fullest!

  4. So wonderful of you all to experience and thank you for sharing it with us.

  5. I hit the "Like" button once for each of you!

  6. Yes, it was great getting to spend time with Sue! From the first day, I felt like I had known her for years! Can't wait to get back to working on my quilt from your class and show you my progress. Miss you lots and hope you will come back again to visit! You made a lot of friends here and you will be welcomed back anytime!

  7. Wonderful to read about your time together, I am sure when we get together with Sue at the end of the month there are many more tales she will tell us :}

    The Jim Shore box is beautiful, I have a small collection of his Christmas ornaments and they're very special.

  8. I really tried to get Sue on the "no-fly" list while she was at the airport, but I failed! It sure was fun to hear of all your adventures and the fun you had! How wonderful that you've cemented a new friendship across the pond, Lynn! Now...when will you go over and visit Sue?