A Quilted Surprise!

It has been a while, has it not? About 2 almost 3 months. Although my key board has been quiet, my fingers have not been at rest. I have lots of completed knits.

I have typed up a couple of drafts, but by the time I get back to proof-reading and refining, they seem to be outdated. I have also been doing a lot of thinking about my blogs and I seem  to mostly pat myself on the back about what has been coming off my knitting needles. I am very proud of my knitting and the challenges I have been taking on recently, but wonder if I am becoming too self-involved.

So, this post will not about me! Well, okay,  in a sense it is, and it is something I am very proud of and want to share. But it is not something I made. This was a gift to me and the greyt spouse by very good friends.

The greyt spouse and I visited these greyt friends, D & S,  this past March in Sun City and also last year while they were cooling off on their boat at Lake Powell.

With every visit I bore D & S with my awesome amateur photograhy skills, showing them hundreds of pics I have taken. S is a quilter, so she sees greyt quilt ideas in some of my better scenic photos, so I forward the ones she likes best to her.

A couple of weeks ago, we received a package form D & S. When I opened it, I saw that she had made a quilt hanging for us. Awesome, I though. When I unrolled it and saw what the she had made, I was brought to tears.

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Isn’t this beautiful! Of course, I called them immediately to thank them and let them know that they made me cry and hoped they were pleased with themselves.

S already had the piece of material she explained. She accented the rays of sun with metallic thread,

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and also used the metallic threads to show the reflection of the sun on the waves.

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S also explained that there was a special segment on her quilting show about how to do silhouettes.  Her greyt spouse helped her find pics of palm trees on-line that they could get enlarged at their local copy store along with enlarging the silhouettes in the original pic.

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I was trying to capture the detail of the palm tree in this pic, but unfortunately black on black is a difficult pic to take.

Yes, I so appreciate the numerous hours my friend put into creating this quilt for us. But there is a reason this particular design is so special to me.

This particular quilt was created from this pic I sent to S.

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The pic was taken last year on my vacation to Oahu, Hawaii. The people watching the sunset are my son, daughter-in-law, granddaughter, myself and my grandson. This is one of my favorite pics from that vacation and I had intended to enlarge and frame it, but time just got away from me.

Not only did S memorialize the memory of my vacation, but D & S had the original picture transferred to glass!

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P.S. You may have noticed that there is an extra silhouette in the quilt that does not appear in the photo. Unfortunately the greyt spouse was not on this vacation, but S was able to get his silhouette from another pic.

Friends come and go, but greyt friends are hard to find. D and S you are truly special people and we are lucky to have your friendship. Thank you for this beautiful treasure.

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