I consider myself incredibly lucky. When my little one was around 18 months old, and we moved back to Leicestershire, I was fortunate enough to get the chance to start indulging my need to play with fabric, this led to the discovery of Flickr, blogs and to real life sewing/quilting friends. This community is extremely generous, in the last few weeks I have received some beautiful presents for the baby.
Firstly, the lovely Di was unable to make the most recent East Midlands Modern Quilt Group meeting, so she kindly posted this beautiful baby quilt to me.
It is a fabulous quilt, nicely sized for taking with us when we are out and about, and the little one can be popped down for a wriggle on her perfect gift; and when she gets a little older, I am sure she will take the lead from her sister, and use it for picnics with her bears and dolls, which seem to be a constant source of entertainement in our house (maybe it's a commentary on my cooking??!!).
And then on Saturday I did a quick visit to the ladies of the EMMQG (we are trying to finish up some of the renovations before the baby arrives so unfortunately I couldn't go for the full day), to check out Kerry's new sewing machine, see what projects everyone was working on (I'm nosey like that!), and have a little catch up, and lucky I stopped by as the wonderful Trudi had made a lovely (massive) baby quilt as a gift, for us.
It has a selection of cute animals on, which I know the little one is going to enjoy identifying, as my older girl has already been spotting them all, although she's a bit miffed the baby seems to be getting so many presents she wants herself, she's definitely coveting them! I am hoping for another lovely summer, seeing as I missed the last one (I spent most of it lying on the sofa with awful morning sickness!), and envisage spending many a happy hour outside on the lawn with the baby this year on it :o)
As if that isn't enough for any one person, Wendy also had a little gift, this time for me, an early Birthday present (it's a few weeks yet, St Patricks Day but we don't have another meeting before then), one of her stunning necklaces! (photo to follow, I'm having trouble uploading at the moment!!)
Wendy is truly the Crafters Apprentice, I don't think there is a craft she hasn't tried, and if there is, it's probably not worth trying!
So thank you ladies, I do genuinely appreciate your wonderful gifts, and thank you so much for your hard work in making them for us (me) :o)
p.s Just 10 days to go until my due date and I am MASSIVE and grumpy! :o)