Thursday, 4 December 2008

Dear friends; giving and receiving

A couple of years ago I came across a pattern for an Advent calendar in a Norwegian quilting magazine – liking the look of it, but not set for making it then and there I saved the pattern for some other time – like the end of November this year :o) For some years my friend in London and I have sent each other advent calendars if we have come across one that had a special appeal, and this year I decided I’d make her one (but not post it here until I was sure she had received it). This is how it turned out:

Not all that adventy/Christmassy since I only used from my stash, but the colours were picked thinking snow, evergreen and some purple for advent. This was so much fun to make!!! And so easy – all those kite pockets are just twice folded squares set into the seam of two background rectangles. Pressing the folds took some time, but assembling the top was done in a jiffy! The finished size of it is ca. 17”x19”, which is half the size of the pattern, I thought it was a bit big to send… I’m happy to say it made the journey safely.

If you have been reading my blog for some time you know I’m and avid reader of the Elm Creek Quilts novels and that I’m a member of the Sylvia’s Bridal Sampler e-mailing list. You also know that through the world of Elm Creek I have made friends with some wonderful women all over the world, and today a very special present awaited me from one of those very special friends, and I just have to share it with all of you. Shelley is a wonderful woman and a fabulous quilter! And look what she made me:

This little basket is absolutely wonderful, and she has crafted it beautifully! She knows I love Jennifer’s fabrics (think we have that in common as well *lol*), and the Cross Country Quilters Collection is my all time favourite (which is why I have quite a lot of it in my stash, but somehow I haven’t found THE project to use it in…). She even embroidered “For Anne Ida from Shelley” at the bottom – no one is going to mistake this is MINE! ;o)

She has let me know there is a twin to this lovely basket with another very special quilter, tying the knot of friendship further and making it even more special. Thank you so much, Shelley! The lovely autumn leaves buttons will find their way into a quilty project one of these days, and those snow flakes are perfect for this season’s decoration.

Sweet blogging friend Suzie has given me an award – a gold credit card for “Blogging friends forever” that is very much appreciated!

Thank you, Suzie! You know I love your blog and all your creativity, and send this back to you. But I also get to pass it on. The rules are as follows:

1. 5 people are allowed to receive this award
2. 4 dedicated followers
3. 1 new follower to your blog who lives in another part of the world
4. Please link back to the person who gave you this award.

The choice of only five is hard, since there are so many wonderful bloggers out there, but I send this award on to:
1. Rose
2. Hanne
3. May Britt
4. Yvonne
5. Janet – who only started blogging in November. From what she has shared so far she is a very talented quilter – her appliqué is fabulous! – pop over and say Hi, if you haven’t already

Have a wonderful weekend! I'll be working on my feathered star quilt :o)
Sincerely, Anne Ida


May Britt said...

Beautiful adventcalendar you have made. Love the colours in it. And thanks for the award. I appriciate it. Blogging friends forever, yes we are :)

SandyQuilts said...

That adorable basket pattern is from Pink Penguin at

Lise in Norway said...

Lovely calender you made Anne Ida

Elin said...

I love that basket, what a wonderful idea! Thanks to Sandie for giving the tutorial link. You are so clever, Anne Ida! I look forward to see you Elm Creek Christmas quilt finished!

shelley said...

What a great mail day for you Anne Ida! I'm glad my little basket arrived safely.Thanks, Sandy, for linking the tutorial. I do have it bookmarked on my computer. It's a nice pattern, and easy, easy!
Hugs from Michigan

Pat said...

Your Advent calender is lovely. A beautiful bag you received. Lucky you.

Quilts And Pieces said...

The advent calendar is sooo cool! And guess what! I just made 2 of those little baskets today! Hopefully I"ll get some pics of them tomorrow! Aren't they just the cutest!

Annelies said...

What a beautiful Advent calendar you made Anne Ida.
I do love the basket Shelly made for you.

Laila said...

Hi. I love your Advent calendar and the little bag you got from Shelly too. Have a great Advent. ;-)

Unknown said...

The advent calender is beautiful. The basket you got is very special.

Rose Johnston said...

Thanks so much for the award sweetie...I thank blogland everyday for the special friendship we have!
You know I love the Advent Calendar, the colours are gorgeous!!
I love Shellys basket and how sweet to have the names embrodiered on the base....clever idea!
Big hugs xxx

Days and colors said...

This Advent Calender is really a original one, I haven't seen any like that! Such a nice gift, the little basket is so practical, quilting goodies or sweeties, great!

Dionne said...

What a beautiful bag, you have some very special friends indeed! And I love the Advent Calendar! Do you know where I can find that pattern? It's wonderful! I'm sure your friends loves it as well.

bingo~bonnie said...

what a clever idea to sign the bottom like that!

I've seen these little cuteies all over blogland... adn i love each and everyone of them! so cute! ;)

Love from Texas! ~bonnie