On Monday I promised to show and tell you about something really special I got this last Friday. If you follow me on Facebook, you know that I was fortunate to spend the day with my girls, Denniele Bohannon (Louanna Mary Quilt Design) and Kelly Cline (Kelly Cline Quilting). I first met these two at a MOKA (Missouri-Oklahoma-Kansas-Arkansas) quilt study group weekend a couple of summers ago and we’ve been fast friends ever since.
We met in Greenwood, Missouri, Friday which, although I grew up around Kansas City, I had never been to. What a great choice that was! There are several antique stores on either side of the road, and one of them even has a tea room. We met for lunch in the tea room and all three settled on the same salad. Funny, huh?
Since Denniele just returned from a trip to New Zealand (yes, I am jealous, if you must know), she had presents for us. She brought me a kete, which is the coolest little basket! Kete are traditionally woven by the Maori of New Zealand flax, and are squishy and flexible, yet tightly woven. I can think of a lot of places to use it, but I want to keep it where I’ll see it often as a reminder of a wonderful friendship.
Inside the basket was a piece of linen folded up very tightly. I couldn’t wait to see what it was!
It’s a lovely hand-appliquéd and hand-embroidered linen butterfly tea cozy. Denniele knows well my affinity for old linens, as well as my tendency to cut them up to use in quilts. She was quick to tell me that it’s okay if I want to cut this one up! I don’t know, though, it’s awfully pretty.
Wasn’t that sweet of her to think of us while she was on the other side of the world enjoying the wonders of New Zealand? I was so incredibly touched by her thoughtfulness.
There was one other special little treat inside our ketes:
This wonderful little gem is a Whittaker’s milk chocolate coconut slab. Ohhhh, yes. Can you say uh.may.zing? Yum.
I feel so very blessed to have such wonderful friends. We love quilts, we do quilts, but there is so much more there. While each of us loves this quilt world, we recognize and celebrate our different skills and talents, and just have loads of fun together. And…if you want to know a secret, these ladies are doing some terrific things. Keep your eyes on them!
Has the quilt world brought you some special friends? Count yourself blessed!