One of my dearest cross stitch customers used to call me every Sunday and we chatted about this and that . . . Life in general, family things, and of course cross stitch :-)
She was telling me about a "special quilt" she was working on. She was the kind that always had 10 different projects going at one time! But unlike me . . . she always FINISHED hers!
Her passion was little bitty details and fine handwork! I sent her a bunch of charms, doodads and bits of this and that, that I thought she would enjoy using.
One day a package arrived and inside was this mini quilt!
I could not believe the beauty before my eyes! This photo does it quite an injustice!
The border is a rich brown velvet and 4 cross stitch hearts are framed in a strip pieced "crazy quilt" patchwork of vintage and new mini prints. It is just covered in the most exquisite handwork! Of course there were many of the charms that I had sent her.
A pink mother of pearl bird, golden hearts and a itty bitty ring of keys
Ribbonwork, more charms - see the little cupid!
She knows that I am totally freaked out by spi_ders (dont even like typing the word!) so said she couldn't resist adding a "CUTE" one. She used the word cute not ME!! They are actually a very popular motif in Victorian Crazy Quilts.
Sweet cross stitch hearts with rows of tiny seed beads
Embellished pearl buttons! Each of the 1-2" wide fabric strips were hand-pieced.
Key and lock charms and the locket is only 1/4" and opens too!
Each seam has sweet embroidered details - and not one is the same!
A teeny bee flying over to the ribbon flower . . .
No matter how many times I look at it I'm always seeing something I hadn't noticed before!
Her name was Marilyn - we lost touch about a year after she sent the quilt - her husband had just passed from diabetes complications and she was moving in with one of her children.
Her phone was disconnected and she was not a fan of the internet. No time for that she said :-)
I pray she is out there just enjoying her new Lifes journey and doing well with many projects in the works! I miss our chats and hope that our paths will cross again someday soon.
Blessings to you all today!