August 14, 2013
I met my friend Suzanne when her daughter and Jane were in the same 3 year old preschool class. That was over 10 years ago. Our girls were fast friends (still are) and their friendship, like many between small people, led to a friendship between the big people. One day, when picking Jane up from a playdate, Suzanne was filling bags with different crafts. When I asked what she was doing, she chimed in with, "Are you crafty?" Yes, I am. That's how I joined the craft swap.
Joining the craft swap was just the beginning. Our kids played, we hung out together at the pool during the summer, Fatty rode bikes with Suzanne and her husband, we met for coffee, had birthday lunches and swapped lots of different crafts. We shared knitting patterns, Suzanne taught herself to sew. Our kids even swapped crafts a few times. I have a lot of different things made by Suzanne and when I see them around my house, I smile.
Suzanne and her family just moved across the country. I thought it would be appropriate to make one more thing for her. A little souvenir, so to speak - something that will remind her of the place they called home for many years.
Godspeed, friend. I'll miss you.
(Pillow details - linen ground with machine appliqued Kentucky and matching binding in a Liberty of London Lifestyle print, from the Bloomsbury Garden collection. Hand embroidered by me).
This is just beautiful. The Liberty print makes me think of Kentucky wildflowers, and the embroidery is just stunning.
Posted by: Jenny | August 14, 2013 at 06:25 PM
This is a lovely gift. It's so hard when good friends move away.
Posted by: krista | August 14, 2013 at 07:47 PM
Oh ~ she will treasure it! I'm sorry that you lost such a dear friend.
Posted by: Tracy | August 14, 2013 at 08:47 PM
Oh. So happy and sad. We have friends moving soon and something like this would be very sweet.
Posted by: Sarah C | August 14, 2013 at 10:16 PM
Sorry to hear such a good friend is moving. That being said, I love this pillow!
Posted by: sulu-design | August 14, 2013 at 10:45 PM
I know a gift like that would really bring me comfort and joy. I hope distance is never felt between your families.
Posted by: Suzanne | August 15, 2013 at 06:42 AM
I miss them very much. They were AWESOME neighbors. Still so sad...
Posted by: Rosie | August 15, 2013 at 09:39 AM
Beautiful pillow. I have a friend from Kentucky who would love that! I've just enjoyed myself strolling through your blog. What a lovely place you've got here!
Posted by: Four Little Munchkins (Deborah) | August 15, 2013 at 07:55 PM
So that pillow is just perfect!!
Posted by: Indiana Lori | August 15, 2013 at 11:04 PM
This is just beautiful - and what a fantastic gift. She will think of you every time she looks at it.
Posted by: Lisa | August 16, 2013 at 08:56 AM
I adore this! What a lovely gift!
Posted by: Stacy | August 17, 2013 at 10:43 AM
what a beautiful parting gift!
Posted by: emily | August 18, 2013 at 01:53 PM
What a beautiful gift for your friend! I love state outlines as a design motif and this is such a lovely interpretation. Did you hand letter the embroidery design? It's a very pretty font--or excellent penmanship!
Posted by: Brigit Dermott | August 20, 2013 at 09:59 AM
What a lovely gift to say good bye.
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