Friday, April 8, 2016

Old Friends


Steve and I celebrated our 45th wedding anniversary last Sunday and serendipitously 


an unexpected gift arrived in the mail on Monday.


I had forgotten that a dear friend we met 45 years ago was making us a quilt.


I was cleaning up the "garden room" when the package arrived and I laid the quilt on the table photograph it.


I am in love with all the different "beachy" fabrics Carol chose for the quilt


and the backing is wonderful.


When passing through Ventura, Carol and Mike have stopped by a couple of times this past year


so she knows my color palette and did a great job on the colors of the quilt.


The quilt looks so pretty in the garden, but it will never be used outside where it might fade.


No, the quilt gets a prime spot on the sofa so I can see it


and smile every time I look at it.


I wasn't planning any changes in the living room this week,


but thanks to an old friend our living room is looking fresh for spring.

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Join me at Poofing the Pillows for Thoughts of Home Thursday

49 comments:

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Congratulations on your 45th anniversary! May you be blessed with many more. What a lovely gift you received from dear friends, it looks so right there in your sweet home.

Have a nice weekend ~ FlowerLady

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

CAROL! Congratulations on 45 years! That is fantastic. And that quilt, beautifully done, beautifully matched with your color love. AND, it goes so well with the white sofa too!

A quilt is such a metaphoric for life. Patches of moments, phases in our lives with colorful memories.

Beautiful! Anita

Sandy at You May Be Wandering said...

Congratulations!!! And what a lovely friend - that is a very special gift! Happy weekend! xoxo

Carole said...

Lucky you to have such a talented friend. Love the quilt. Happy 45th.

Mary 120 Spring Street said...

What a gorgeous quilt, and perfect for your decor. Such a great friend to create that beautiful gift for you and Steve. It's kind of inspiring me to start quilting again after a brief winter break.

Happy Anniversary, Steve and Carol, 45 years of great life together!

Mary

Kim said...

45 years is amazing!! Congratulations and that quilt is just stunning. I am a huge fan of color and I would be looking at it all day, too!! What a sweet friend!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

What a wonderful gift! I love the colors and it is perfect for your home. Congrats on 45 years!
hugs,
Linda

Salmagundi said...

The best of a presents -- a quilt made by an old friend who knows your taste so well. Sally

Laurie said...

First of all, Happy anniversary to you and Steve. Forty-five years is a beautiful accomplishment. Secondly, you have got to be one of the luckiest girls I know. That quilt is absolutely stunning. I love the colors and it matches your color scheme so well. I can only wish I had such a good friend. I agree with you, keeping it on the sofa where you can enjoy it everyday is a must. Happy weekend, Carol!

handmade by amalia said...

Congratulations on your anniversary, Carol. And on have such a wonderful friend :-)
Amalia
xo

bobbie said...

Congratulations on your 45th!!

Your friend nailed it with your colors and style ~ what a wonderful gift!!

My Little Home and Garden said...

I love the crisp, fresh, sunny look of your couch area, with the white upholstery, pretty cushions and the colourful quilt. Actually, is the couch upholstered or is it a slipcover, Carol?

Karen

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Oh Carol, what a beautiful quilt. How very special that your friend made that for your anniversary. Happy Belated Anniversary. She did a wonderful job on the quilt and it looks so good on your couch.

Aren't friends so very special. Enjoy the rain we are having, I am loving it and want to go out and play in the puddles. LOL

Mary

cynthia lee designs said...

Happy Anniversary!! What a wonderful gift your quilt is...it is beautiful!!
~Cindy

Susie said...

Carol, Happy anniversary. What a fabulous gift. Your friend is awesome. I love all the colors and the fabrics are so well thought out. You are blessed. This post makes me smile. xoxo,Susie

Deb @ PaperTurtle said...

What a special gift! I real treasure. Happy anniversary ~ enjoy that beautiful quilt!

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Dear sweet Carol Happy Anniversary wishes to you and Steve. You rock the 45 years! Beautiful gifting of the quilt but along with it a gift of triggering precious memories. The quilt is perfect, cheerful and happy, just perfect for your cottage. i love the patch with the fish, really love the quilt and it looks so pretty draped over the sofa's arm. Sure Miss Lulu hopes you give her a corner to enjoy!
xoxo,
Vera

Canadian Chickadee said...

Congratulations on your anniversary! I love the new quilt - the backing fabric is splendid, making the back as beautiful as the front. xoxox

Cozy Little House said...

It's gorgeous! And I just love the backing!
Brenda

Betty from My Irish Cottage Home said...

Happy Anniversary and the quilt is so pretty. It fits in your home perfect.

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

What a great quilt! I just love the fish fabric on it. The colors are wonderful. Her inscription is so sweet. What wonderful friends to remember your anniversary. Happy 45!!

ANNE said...

what a beautiful and thoughtful gift! Such gorgeous work!! Happy anniversary to you both - and may you have many many more happy years.

xo

Poppy said...

What a beautiful gift from a sweet friend! Enjoy, Carol, and Happy Anniversary!

Poppy

Consider It All Joy said...

What an absolutely beautiful gift! The friendship and the quilt! Blessings, Cindy xo

Rita C. said...

Awww, Carol, what a wonderful gift - not only the quilt, but 45 years of marriage together. Out of my 8 siblings, 4 have reached that milestone, and another will be at 40 this year. It is something to be proud of, and I am proud for you! Congratulations. And the quilt is beautiful!

Patricia @ Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

Congratulations on your 45 years together! Quite an accomplishment. Our anniversary is Monday, the 11th April... 33 yrs for us.

The quilt is a beautiful and THOUGHTFUL gift-- symbolic almost---
the gift of friends and the life time of love stitched together with time and wrapping you up like a warm endearing thought.

Have a nice weekend.
ps. your living room looks inviting with the addition of the new quilt.

bj said...

Happy Anniversary...and that beautiful, unique quilt takes your room right over the top...LOVE IT...

Sarah said...

Congratulations and happy anniversary! The quilt is fabulous. Sweet friend to make this for you. Love the fabrics! It's perfect for your home.

Kay said...

Happy Anniversary :-) That is the most gorgeous quilt I have ever seen it's just beautiful.

Art @ Home said...

Congratulations on your 45th Wedding Anniversary! You have a very sweet and thoughtful friend....the quilt is stunning! I love the colors, and they are perfect for your adorable seaside cottage.

Enjoy your weekend!
xo,
RJ

Kathy said...

What an amazing gift and I adore the sentiment she wrote!

podso said...

Happy 45th! Ours is also this year. What a wonderful gift and the colors are just perfect. Looks so at home on your couch.

Connie said...

Congratulations! And what a lovely and thoughtful gift . . . that will be a treasure for years to come and a great way to remember your special day and she certainly knows your colors and beachy theme . . . beautiful!

Daytona Damsel said...

A beautiful quilt you lucky lady. I think the fabrics she chose are perfect for a beach quilt.

Renee said...

Happy Anniversary. What a lovely gift. I love the fabrics.

The Junque Seeker said...

Happy Anniversary, and congratulations on having such wonderful friends! The quilt is beautiful!

Melanie said...

Happy anniversary! That quilt is gorgeous. What a wonderful gift.

Cynthia Arneson said...

Happy Anniversary! What a dear friend you have to make you a beautiful quilt. I am a quilter and know how much thought and work she put into the quilt. Enjoy!

Lowcarb team member said...

Many congratulations on your 45th Anniversary.
I love the quilt too - the colours are perfect.

All the best Jan

craftyles said...

What a beautiful gift from your friend. It looks perfect in your house. Happy Anniversary!

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

Happy anniversary! The quilt is gorgeous. I never tought of a quilt with seaside fabrics, just perfect!

Down by the sea said...

Congratulations on being married for 45 years! That is such a lovely gift too so unique and the colours you love too! Sarah x

J said...

Such a beautiful quilt! It's so fresh and beach-y! I love the setting for your life. It's like living in a movie - sunlight, ocean and happy breezes!

karen@somewhatquirky said...

Oh Carol! What a special gift. That quilt is fantastic. I LOVE the backing fabric. But not more than the front of course. What a good friend!

Jann Olson said...

Gosh Carol, that quilt is perfect for you! Love the colors and the design. What a sweet friend!!
hugs,
Jann

Gina @ VictorianWannaBe said...

Happy Anniversary Carol! What a wonderful gift, how very sweet of your friend! It looks great on the table, and also in your living room in your sofa! The fabrics she used are just great for you! I know you will enjoy it.
Thanks so much for hosting,
Gina

Bernideen said...

Happy Anniversary - belated. I love - love the quilt. Wonderful photos!

CatieAn said...

Happy 45th Anniversary! What a glorious gift for a glorious couple....so very loving of your friend.

Carla said...

First i'll say Happy belated Anniversary just in case I didn't already tell you.
I love that little quilt. It fits perfect on the couch. You have such sweet friends