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My Blocks Are Here!

We had a small but very enjoyable Christmas this year. We didn't go out of town because I'm very lucky to have all my family right here. We had a very yummy breakfast here Christmas morning with my sister and her hubby and we all pigged out on the good stuff Angel and I made. After that all I could think about was hitting the couch - I'd been sick for the past few days, so we just chilled the rest of the day and watched a wonderful DVD my SIL gave me for Christmas, Craft In America. It's wonderful. I did finally get out of the house today, had to go to the post office to pick up my signature blocks! They are all so very different it will be a lot of fun trying to figure out how to arrange them all into a quilt. I've got them all spread out on top of the sewing machine cabinet (which is still closed) and I look at them every time I walk by. I want to resist putting sashing between them and setting them in a row if possible. Not sure what I'll do yet...hum. Thanks so much Linda for hosting the swap. That was the first time I'd made a 9 patch. There was also a wonderful surprise in the package with the blocks one of Linda's beautiful hand made pin cushions. You can always use another pin cushion.



One of the best presents I got this year was the little snow man below. He's very cute and I love Jim Shore's work, but the best part about him was how he got here. Long ago in a land far away lived 2 crazy young girls who did everything together and were the best of friends, then along came life and as high school friends often do we drifted apart. OK I guess the high school reference let you know just how long ago that was. Well my dear friend moved to California and I moved to Florida and our mothers kind of kept up with what was going on with us. They would see each other at the store or out shopping and tell each other what their girls were up to. We pretty much lost track of each other over the years and we often thought of each other and wondered what the other one was up to, but I had no idea how to get in touch with her. She was more stubborn thou and kept looking for me, then along comes facebook. Just a few days after I first logged on and was checking it out to see what all the buzz was about I get an email from Janice. WOW! I was shocked. Hey this facebook thing is wonderful! So while she was in town visiting her mom she came by and we did as much catching up as we could. It was like we had just seen each other last month or so (except for all the crying and hugging). It was one of my best gifts this year. Now every time I look at this snow man I'll smile and just maybe tear up a bit.







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