These are some of the answers/thoughts that came to me.
We share a love of beautiful fabrics, threads, notions, designs, creations, needles and of course quilts, but what struck me the most is the fact that as women with a common love we also have that built in intuition if one of our fellow quilters is in need. Now I wonder if that is just a woman thing or a quilter thing. In the eleven months that I've been blogging, I have found women who are so willing to share their talents, knowledge and love of their craft with so many others. Regardless of ones experience there is always someone to turn to to ask for advice, and one of the wonderful things that springs to mind is that you won't be looked down on or judged, if you are the one asking for the advice.
Perhaps it's because as women we are nurturers, it's something that's inbuilt in all of us. We know how to care for others, to show compassion to offer nonjudgmental advice. But what I've noticed that stands out above all these wonderful things is the fact that quilters are so giving and so generous.
I have been blessed in so many ways, by so many of you, that have offered your hand in friendship, with advice, patterns, magazines, lovely soft mail, prayer and telephone conversations.
It would be wrong of me to try and list each person that has had an impact on my blogging life, which in turn blends into my family life. Apart from which I don't think there would be enough room in one post to list each and everyone of you and I'd hate to leave any one's name out and offend you. You allow me to enter into a small part of your life, by sharing what you're working on, or what's happening in your home. You make me feel welcome, you trust me enough to only leave positive words of encouragement on your blog, and for that I thank you.
Now perhaps you're wondering what brought on all this deep thinking, that this is so not Linda......Actually it is.
All of this started this morning when I went to the letter box to check for today's mail. I had plans of showing you the lovely fabrics that arrived in my letter box that I ordered last week for a swap that Bren and I are doing. But I'd rather share this with you, it just touched my heart so much.
I received a small parcel from Nancy but it also included Peg's name on the envelope. My immediate thought was that Nancy hadn't received Peg's address to send her the prize for the birthday giveaway she had on her blog last week, (and just in case you're still trying to work out how old I am, 51 is the answer). When I opened the envelope this is what I found inside.
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Along with these beautiful fat quarters.
Thank you so much Nancy for providing the beautiful fat quarters and Peg, thank you for your sweet giving spirit. You have both blessed me today more than you can imagine. I thank the Lord for each and everyone of you, and my prayer for you is that the Lord would pour out Hiss blessings upon each of you, just as you have blessed me.