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Saturday, December 15, 2018

An amazing gift


This post should have been done weeks ago...weeks!!

An email came to me from a blogging friend in Kentucky saying that she had some fabric pieces that I might use, and would I like to have them. The very thought of getting some fabric in the mail tickled me to death.



I was expecting a package of a few small fabric pieces, in fact, my reply to her was something about making dolls and how I used lots of small fabric pieces.  Well, you can probably imagine my shock when the mail man brought a package too big and too heavy for the mail box and left it on the front steps.


All these beautiful fabrics! For days, in shock, I stood and stared, sorted and folded, and thought of things to make.



Most of these pieces were anywhere from four to six yards each and some of them I have already cut. Do you know that it actually hurt my heart to cut the first piece? Well, it did. 



There was also a stack of fat quarters, think that's what these are called...

Fabric is expensive, so for me it has been finding pieces on sale, sometimes buying colors and prints that I didn't really like, but could afford; even searching for fabric at yard sales and thrift stores. Now, I've got my own little fabric shop right inside the teeny tiny sewing room. Diane, you have a heart of gold!

So, it has been like Christmas morning here ever since this package arrived. Diane is  probably tired of hearing me say "thank you", but again, thank you Diane. 

Oh gosh, back to reality. It's the back again. Yesterday I got another steroid injection in my spine for the painful herniated disks. Kinda funny, but Poppy drove me to my appointment in Wake Forest on Tuesday. Five minutes before the injection, the X-ray machine quit working. My appointment was rescheduled and cancelled three times this week. 

You are not allowed to drive yourself after getting this injection. So yesterday, Shelby was kind enough to drive me. We did get to have lunch together and go in a couple of thrift stores. Always fun to have a little time with Shelby. Glad that steroid injection is over though.

Guess I need to get up from this computer and get busy!

What a difference you've made in my life! Thank you for your friendship!

Love,
Henny


34 comments:

  1. What a wonderful unexpected gift Henny !
    The fabrics look like vintage prints, so they will fit perfectly for your bonnets and handmade dolls.
    A fellow blogger gifted me a gorgeous Old Country Rose, Royal Albert teapot once, I couldn't get over the unselfish and thoughtful act, and to this day, think of this lady's generosity.
    Enjoy your fabrics, I'm sure you have plans to make them into something very special.
    Hugs,
    ~Jo

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    1. I meant to add.....please take it easy with your back, the injection can mask any discomfort, and allows you to overdo it, I've been there ;)
      Hugs,
      ~Jo

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  2. Beautiful fabric and a very thoughtful gift! I have a collection of fabric of various sizes as I save every scrap. There are so many things you can make out of even small pieces of fabric. I understand your feeling about not wanting to cut into a beautiful piece of fabric! I'm glad you finally got the injection in your back. I had to have a series of injections in my back once and although it was not fun, it did help. Please be careful so your back can heal and you can enjoy the holidays!

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  3. Such a lovely gift of fabric for you to create with.

    Take it easy with your back.

    Happy Christmas holidays ~ FlowerLady

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  4. Wow!! What a wonderful gift! I saw pieces that would make beautiful aprons and bonnets. Keep us posted as to what you make. Merry Christmas!!

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  5. I can imagine how excited you were to receive this treasure trove of such lovely fabrics!!
    That's just amazing! How very sweet of her to send it to you.

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  6. Beautiful fabric! What a sweet thing to do. I hope your back is feeling better.

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  7. Now that is what I call happy post. Enjoy having some creative fun with it all.

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  8. Wow what a wonderful gift you received. So many beautiful patterns. The perfect gift for you.
    Sure hope your back is feeling better.
    Nice that you got to spend some time with Shelby.

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  9. You've got enough fabric to do you till the end of your life!

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  10. What a boost to your sewing! I can't wait to see what you make...but oh, the thoughtfulness of Diane in sending it to you!

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  11. diane in northern wisDecember 15, 2018 at 4:39 PM

    Wow....that lady is just awesome to gift you with all those beautiful fabrics! I can't wait to see what you'll decide to do with all of them. The beauty of a giving heart cannot be denied. Enjoy your wonderful gift. I'm sure Diane is thrilled by how happy she has made you. Thanks for a great blog!

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  12. What a bonanza of fabrics! and they seem to really suit your style in making aprons and bonnets and dolls. That's a great gift and it went to exactly the right person.

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  13. Oh my! What a wonderful thing for her to send. She's a sweetheart and I'm happy for you!

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  14. Oh that is some beautiful fabric I can not wait to see what you make with it!
    Love you bunches!

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  15. What pretty fabric! I especially liked the cherry patterned fabric. I am sure you will make some very nice items with all of that fabric.

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  16. wow some beautiful fabrics there, not just for your dolls but for those gorgeous aprons you like to make too! what a generous lady Diane is!
    i have a few tailor friends that scour op shops (thrift) here & they look through old clothing, bedding, curtains, etc to source there fabrics too. also curtain & upholstery shops are another place they go for any off cuts or specials.
    have fun with you tailoring
    may you & poppy have a wonderful christmas & new year
    thanx for sharing

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  17. Wow! Not only is that a wonderful and kind present....but those materials are absolutely so so PRETTY!! i LOVE THEM!

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  18. Can't let a post go by without saying summat...
    So..I looked up..which is the most expensive fabric...
    And...
    The rarest and most expensive textile is made from the wool of the Vicuña,
    a Camalide, Llama-like creature native to South America. About 2,000 US
    Dollars per yard..
    It is also the lightest, softest, and warmest fabric in existance...
    So there...! ❄️ 🎁💐

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  19. What a wonderful blessing and a sweet friend in KY! Oh that fabric is just so lovely...and it looks like every pattern has been chosen just for you! God is SO good!

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  20. Hi Henny. Always great to get an early Christmas Present...you can do lots with all the fabric. Hope your OK with your back problem Henny - nothing worse, sounds very serious- take care there. We've been having Summer Storms - lot of hail yesterday (about Golf Ball size)...the hail broke one of our windows- though it is easily fixed - thankfully no one injured from the severe storms. Best Wishes. KEV.

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  21. Just finishing up some Christmas stocking for our new twin granddaughters, so I understand your excitement over all that fabric. We sewers inevitably end up with a savings bank of material (it starts to feel like a miser's gold!) and then if we stop sewing, what do we do with it?

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  22. Lots of sewing ahead in the sewing room. :-)
    Enjoy your Sunday, Henny.

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  23. That's a beautiful blessing. If I fantasize with free mailed packages, it would be of books!!
    The fabrics are wonderful and it'll be fun to get started. Your back issues sound painful, truly. I'm sorry this is an ongoing problem but I'm glad there is something to help you with it. Blessings!

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  24. You are so kind, so true, Henny. I am so excited FOR you, getting such a fabric-y parcel that you love so much!
    I hope your spine is feeling better today. (BIG HUG!)

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  25. Take good care of your back and enjoy the lovely fabric gift from
    your sweet friend. Have always heard, to have a friend you must
    be one and isn't that so true. Have a happy Sunday.
    Phyllis

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  26. What a rainbow of colors! You will have hours of fun finding uses for this wonderful gift. I cringe when you talk of your injections and wish so much you didn't have to have them. But if they take away the pain ... I guess it's well worth it. I'm glad you have your sister for lunch and an outing to reward yourself after. I'm sure it helps you through the experience.

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  27. I hope that your back is pain free now. Those steroid shots can be miraculous. My back is in good shape for my age, thank goodness, but my feet are another story. Pain is absolutely no fun. Living with it every day and night sure drains you. Now hopefully you'll be able to enjoy making things with your new treasure trove of fabric. By the way, I bought 2 Christmas aprons from you and set one aside to use as a gift. It has Santas on it. I gave it to my son's girlfriend (they're in their early 40s). She has 2 sons, 7 & 9. I thought she'd enjoy it after seeing an apron hanging in her kitchen. I gave it to her a couple of days ago and she texted me that she and her sons are making gingerbread houses today and she's wearing her Christmas apron. Thank you! It makes me feel good to know that I made her happy. You made both of us happy!

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  28. That fabric gift is amazing Henny Penny. I am so sorry I have not been visiting your blog but we had a lightning storm take out our internet for over a week. I have been enjoying catching up on your posts ... love your Christmas Tree!

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  29. What a lovely gift! You will make good use of that fabric too! I hope your steroid injections are working....My Mom had them and they didn't work, now she has had two ablations at a Pain Clinic and is much improved.

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  30. Hope your back is feeling better now. Sorry I haven't written but we have been so busy at work! If I don't talk with you again before Christmas, I hope you and your family have a very merry one!

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  31. Wow! When she said fabric, she meant fabric! I can't wait to see what you do with all the different colors and patterns.

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