Something Really Special

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.

Me, Denniele, and Kelly, playing with hats

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.

A New Zealand kete

Inside the basket was a piece of linen folded up very tightly. I couldn’t wait to see what it was!

Isn’t it pretty?

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.

Denniele also brought Kelly a kete and a cool piece of needlework. Kelly talks about it here. Denniele tells a bit here too. I think you’ll see that all three of us had a grand time!

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!

  • Bill V.

    How lovely, gifts from afar!

    • Lori East

      Indeed! And so carefully chosen. What sheer delight!

  • Denniele Bohannon

    AAAWWWW Lori! I guess you liked your linen!??!!! 😉 We are indeed blessed to have each other and be supported by great friends in our forays into the quilt world and life! You touched my heart! TY

    • Lori East

      Liked it? Loved it!!

      Yep, I count myself very, very blessed.

  • shelly

    I think all three of you are pretty great! So glad to know you all.

    • Lori East

      We think the same of you, Shelly!
      Your ears should be burning any time we are together. 😉

      • Denniele Bohannon

        Burning as in a very nice way!!!! 🙂 LOL If you like salad with cranberries, feta and walnuts… could be a missing link! 😉

        • shelly

          Seriously?! That’s the only kind of salad I will eat! And I can only find it one place around here, and my friends make fun of me because it’s the only thing I’ll ever order and I eat it every time we’re there. And I cry when she stops serving it for the season cos she only has it in the summer!

          • Denniele Bohannon

            I think you might have just found your local tribe!!! 😉

          • Lori East

            We would never make fun of you for your choice of salads, Shelly! 🙂

  • Kelly Cline

    Sweet! Love your written word! And blessed sums it up!

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