Often in life, one experiences joy. Joy comes from many sources, many people, many experiences. But for me, the most pure joy of all comes from the unexpected, the surprises.
In early December, Carrie Nelson of Miss Rosie's Quilt Company, posted on her blog about an auction she was having of some of her quilts. All of the proceeds would go to the Red Cross for Hurricane Sandy relief. Here's the link about that auction.
Because I had already donated to the Red Cross for Sandy, I wasn't going to participate in the auction. But you know how that is! While all of the quilts are stunning, the Quadrille quilt really tugged at my heartstrings. So I placed my bid and promptly forgot about it in all the rush to wrap up things here and get ready for my trip home for Christmas.
When Carrie contacted me about my winning bid, I was floored. I have been for the past few years collecting quilts from my favorite designers when an opportunity comes about. Carrie's Quadrille will now be in my small collection. But more importantly, the Red Cross and our East Coast friends are the recipients of Carrie's generosity.
She shipped to my office because I would be away. That box was sitting there when I returned to work, but a whole day -- yes, 24 long hours -- passed before I could open it.
The quilt is stunning! The fabric is wonderful!
The surprise -- the back! And here's the pure joy! The labels!!
The label on the right says, "When memory with her golden key unlocks the past, I hope you will think of me."
Carrie also tucked in some goodies! I was blown away by the lovely pincushions she made, and especially by her lovely note!
Penny was totally blown away by the treats that Miss Rosie tucked in the package for her! Thank you, Miss Rosie!!
Thank you so much for the opportunity to own one of your quilts. More importantly, thank you for your generosity in helping those in need.
You have a heart bigger than the State of New Jersey!!