a gift and life partners




I received my gift from Jude! I was so excited  to open the box.  I have admired Jude’s work for so long and wished often to see and touch it.  The piece is even more amazing in person. The embroidered chainstitch is the smallest I have ever seen,  just big enough to see with the naked eye. It is just so beautiful , the whole thing. When I found out I would be the lucky recipient , I wrote Jude and excitedly told her of my collecton of couples. With the exception of the painting of the couple on the beach, I collected them all before I’d met my husband. I had them all set up in my bedroom as a kind of magical attraction for what I wanted in my life, a mate…a friend, a partner.  It must have worked,  because now I have one,  and together we have a son and a family.  Jude’s quilt fits very well in this little collection, I am so happy to include it. I am hoping to have a framed wooden box made. My sister’s oldest son is a cabinet maker/wood craftsman. I am excited to see what he can make for this sweet piece of art and such a kind gift.

Included in this wonderful package was a bunch of wonderfully soft and colorful velvet, Jude generously sent them along to help my efforts in creative hat making.  They are really fun and quite the collection of velvet. I can’t wait to use them.

Thank you Jude, I love my gift.





  1. whereishenow said,

    March 6, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    wow. what an excellent tribute to jude… and… this year… before I go back to the states in Aug… I am going to find for you a couple… a japanese couple to add to your collection. does it need to be flat (like a picture ) or can it be some object….

  2. jude said,

    March 6, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    hey! what a great collection, and what a great idea for a collection. love it all together.

  3. quiltedthrifted said,

    March 7, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    Oh I know you were excited opening up Jude’s package and holding her work of art in you hands. You are the perfect recipient. Thanks for adding me as a contact on Flickr. I hope to develop some of my quilt making into the “slow cloth” style. They are already slow quilts in the making…..all of them!

  4. Chris D said,

    March 7, 2009 at 7:02 pm

    Laney, you lucky gal! I love the gift you received from Jude.

  5. April 7, 2009 at 11:45 am

    another treasure to add to your treasure box. you are the perfect recipient.

  6. whereishenow said,

    April 21, 2009 at 10:59 pm

    where are you Laney? are you ok?

  7. geekbetty said,

    April 22, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    wow these are great!

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