Tuesday, July 21, 2009

From My Heart!

Over the past few months I've received some thoughtful, surprise gifts from some blogging friends - these treasures touched my heart in ways that I can't express. I decided that I wanted to do something to thank them so I've been working on some small quilts to say thank you. These are the first four and I have a few more to do.


Do you remember these? A couple of weeks ago I made these four using one Civil War Crossing Layer Cake (by Moda). I finished quilting and binding these and they are now winging their way to their new homes. I'm not ashamed to admit that after I finished quilting and binding these I have been VERY fearful of sending them to their new homes. Why??? Well, they are not perfect - I did a very simple meandering so I fear judgement. If you know anything about me then you know that I seek acceptance and don't like judgement. So, I'd almost decided to just keep these and go shopping for some treasures to send. Then my sweet hubby reminded me that I made these from my heart with my hands and a very willing spirit for four lovely ladies. So, hopefully they won't be judged and just accepted as a gift from my heart. Sigh!!!!

So, tell me - do you think they will be surprised? I'm not looking for compliments just your thoughts!

I do appreciate your visit - come again soon!

In Friendship!

37 comments:

Stephanie said...

I can't imagine anyone not loving to receive a handmade gift from you...and the fact that they're darling little quilts lovingly made by you makes them even more special.

Winona said...

Oh Darlene, they will love them. Nothing better than a gift made with love. I know where you are coming from, though. I have only been quilting for about 3 years now and I often think my quilting might not be good enough. My dh says much like yours does, so I am trying to get over this. Your little quilts are just darling. Winona

Carol said...

OMG...they will love them. They are perfect because they are a gift from your heart!

Salem Stitcher said...

They will love them. What could be better than a gift your your heart and hands to another quilter? I can't think of a thing.

Not Lucy said...

A gift from a friend is always treasured because it comes from the heart!

Andee said...

I think whoever gets them will be very lucky and happy and see no flaws! They look great!

Carrie said...

Here's the thing, Ms. Daze. The fact that you care enough about these people to send them such a wonderful gift means that they are the sort of person who will appreciate it. If you think they're awesome, then they are. It's that simple. (And having seen your work up-close, I don't think you have anything to worry about on that score either ~ it's awesome. Just like you.)

Quilt Nut said...

your husband is right and i think they will love the gifts! congrats on getting them finished

Terry said...

They're all beautiful and anyone would love to have them! Nothing is better than a gift made with love! :0)

Sherri said...

How thoughtful of you...do not worry a bit...they will be loved and cherished!

Litamora's Quilt & Design said...

I really love the quilts, so I don't think you should have second thoughts about sending these!!! I bet the new owners will love them!!!
Happy sewing,
Laila

Fiesta said...

what a lovely gesture on your part. I am confident that they will be loved.

Libby said...

Destined to be loved and appreciated for sure *s*

Allie said...

Darlene. A gift made by your own two hands is priceless. There is nothing better. They will absolutely treasure them. Especially if they know how to make things themselves.....they'll KNOW how much effort it took. This is a part of YOU, dear one, straight from your heart and straight into theirs.

Quilt Hollow said...

By far the best gift of all comes from the heart and little Miss Speedy does it again....four wonderful little quilts that will go to homes to be treasured for years to come.

Cathy said...

They are absolutely beautiful and I loved the way you photographed them! To me a gift that is handmade is so wonderful. I know that many people who do not make things with their hands probably wouldn't agree, but anyone reading your blog would agree 100% I love giving others my quilts because I think of them as a "hug from my heart".
Cathy

Janet said...

I'm with Carrie and couldn't have said it better myself. Your DH gets it too. Don't doubt yourself when you have put so much thought and love into these sweet gifts. They are perfect.

Carol said...

I love them and the colors are great too. I agree with your husband, they are gifts from your heart. And don't you know, quilters love to get quilts as gifts from other quilters. I should do some little quilts for Christmas gifts.

Quilter Kathy said...

What are you talking about?!?! These are gorgeous and anyone would be delighted to receive this gift...
especially a quilter who knows how much work went into it!

Becky said...

I second guess myself on that one too. But my dear mom keeps telling me to stop looking for flaws. Most of the people I give quilts or bags to are not seeing my mistake, but just the big picture...they can't believe that I would take the time to make them anything. So stop worrying and just enjoy the surprise that they will be receiving. That really is my favorite part! Surprising someone with a gift full of time and love!

Lorraine said...

Darlene you are way to hard on yourself....everyone loves to receive a handmade gift....and what is "perfect" anyway! Is that like "normal"?? I often ask what "good enough" means as well....any gift from the heart is more than "good enough"......those little quilts look awesome hanging up in the pic.....it's a wonder the wabbit crew didn't sneak off with them....!

Terrie Sandelin said...

They are sure to love them. One because they are handmade and from you. And two, because they are really very beautiful! They are all so soft and lovely.

Barbara said...

I love your little quilts!!!!
Receiving something made with your own two hands and heart is perfect....flaws don't show thru love.
HUGS, Barb

Michelle said...

They will be so surprised. I don't think anything is ever perfect. If they are lovely ladies, then they will know that it comes from your heart.

PS. Did I do well not giving you a compliment? I could go on and on about how beautiful they are. Your work always dazzles me!

Tammy in Ontario, Canada said...

I think they will be very surprised and very grateful. The quilts are beautiful and the fact that you made them from your heart is priceless. I am glad your husband convinced you to send those ones. You are very thoughtful. I enjoy reading your blog. Have a happy summer :0)

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

I have some friends I need to do this for. Really it is a great idea. Little quilts are so fun to make and can be used anywhere. Darling job. They will love them.

Pam said...

I'm sure they will be loved because they a from "your heart". The little quilts are lovely.

Erin said...

YOur hubby is right Ms. Daze!! and they are so nice! and you made them so they are special and from the heart! handmade gifts are always perfect!

Carrie P. said...

I know whoever is getting them will love them. Handmade gifts are the best in my opinion.

Anne said...

I'm sure that the ladies will absolutely LOVE their little quilts. Something handmade is always appreciated because your heart is in it!

Linda said...

I just love, love, love my little quilt, made with loving hands and a joyful heart. Thank you soooo much.

paulette said...

They will be THRILLED!!! Trust me, what a wonderful gift!
Paulette

Stina said...

Oh my goodness Darlene.. the ones that receive these.. are going to be thrilled and so happy... your DEAR husband is so right.. things made out of love is also taken with love and a Friendship gift like these ones.. ahhh.. they will be loved even more.. so dont you worry!! :o))
They all look fantastic... didnt know there was layer cakes with repro fabric... you really have to tell me more!!!! :o)

Kathie said...

they will be touched beyond beleif I am sure
there is nothing better then a thank you gift for just being you and home made in mho
Kathie

Micki said...

I just found your blog, and really love it. Your gifts are wonderful! I love civil war fabric, and I am sure that they will be cherished!
Micki
In Ireland

Red Geranium Cottage said...

Very nice Darlene. Someone will be very happy. Great job.

Nan said...

How can anyone NOT love something made by you?? I happen to have a table topper made by your that I use every day and I LOVE! You do a wonderful job, and anyone who knows you, knows you put your heart into everything you create!!
Those for quilts are lovely.....MINE!!!! LOL

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