Last week we had a couple of nights with clear skies and they were moonless nights too. Naturally, I spent the extra time I had outside with the telescope. I am glad I did, because since then it has been too cloudy or hazy for stargazing. Now I am back indoors again tending to my other interests. The night sky reminded me of the little swap Kris and I did recently from this Maple Leaf quilt pattern I drafted around autumn. We talked about doing the swap last year and decided on no due dates and therefore, no pressure. We would mail it to each other whenever we finished.
I wanted to add a little touch of whimsy to the leaf I made for her, so I added some blue to the autumnal orange. There is a little creek that flows through the park in downtown Sonoma. In Autumn, lots of ducks play in it alongside the floating leaves. Every time a duck puts its head in the water, a set of concentric circles ripples through the water. That’s what gave me the idea of quilting her mini with concentric circles.
I also made these yellow mittens for her. I was a little worried about the sizing but she said they fit her “like a glove”. I also had no idea when I made them that they would match her coat too! She had a long winter this year, so I sent a her a little California sunshine in the form of yellow mitts. Ironically, it was raining very hard here when I was knitting them for her!
Kris has a wonderful teenage son and I had to include something in the package for him. We share a few common interests and Sherlock Holmes is among them. I mentioned before how much I love the famous detective. Although I love the current Sherlock series from BBC, Basil Rathbone will always be my Sherlock Holmes. I regularly watch the movies and listen to the radio dramas starring him and Nigel Bruce, I adore them. I kept on thinking about how to draw a Sherlock Holmes sketch. It had to be old-school but timeless, and this is what I came up with.
I got a photo via email from Kris with this drawing framed on the young man’s desk. I was so overwhelmed with joy that I was speechless!
This is the beautiful leaf I got from Kris. I have no words to describe how much I love this little quilt. As I took the leaf out of the package, my husband exclaimed, “Wow! It’s so you!!” I could be that leaf floating through space. She also included a bunch of spacy blue fabric, charm packs, fun crafty stuff and my most favourite – the typewriter pad. I usually use sepia-coloured ink in my fountain pen, very fitting for the typewriter notebook, don’t you think?!! This was such a lovely package she put together for me. It was a perfect, wonderful, impromptu swap!