Monday, September 24, 2012
THE Visit, A Story, A Gift and a GIVEAWAY
that's the old navy man (Richard) on the left. My favorite son, Scott, me, and my favorite grandson, Tyler. Daughter, Kelly, was the photographer. Aren't they cute? And, by the way, thanks for waiting for me to post again.
Now, for the 'story' part of this post. Before Scott came to visit, I received an email from Holland.
It was from "Barbara W. from Holland." Something about that name rang a bell and I remembered that she was one of the twenty-seven people I wrote handwritten letters to last year on one of my "handwritten letters to blogging friends" episodes. Maybe you were one of the twenty-seven? I was pleased to hear from her and after reading her letter, knew immediately that I should share it in a future post. Here is what she said:
"Hi, Pat, You probably don't remember me, but last year I received one of your handwritten letters! Life got in the way and I never did get around to writing back to you (so sorry about that) - we moved house a month or two ago after nearly a year long hunt for our dream home, and most of my time has been taken up with that. Anyway, I was just going through some old quilting books and I discovered the most amazing thing. Background info first. In 1994, my husband and I had our first vacation in the US. We went to Maryland where an old friend of hubby's from the UK lived, and one day we visited an Old Country Store, where I saw my very first quilt - a small Dresden Plate wall quilt. I bought it and decided on the spot that this is what I wanted to do - make quilts! I hadn't a clue how to, so the very first book I bought on quilting, in 1994, was called "Teach Yourself to Quilt," written by one Patricia Eaton! I searched for your beautifully written letter - nowhere to be found - oh no! Then I remembered the name of your blog, and a quick look at your profile confirmed what I had suspected - You are she! Is that incredible, or what? I have been quilting and collecting books ever since, and I love it. Nowadays I do lots of mixed media work as well and love to try out new products, but my first love will always be quilting. Best regards, Barbara W. in Holland"
Well, yes, I DO think that is pretty incredible!!! So, some background on that book. It came out in 1988 and has been for sale by Leisure Arts, Inc., ever since. That's a pretty long time for a book such as that. Earlier this year, I was informed by Leisure Arts, that when the remainder of the copies on hand are sold, it will not be reprinted, but goodness, who could complain as being sold for the last twenty-four years is a pretty good deal. And, the fact that a person from Holland taught herself to quilt from it, THEN years later, unbeknownst to her, began to read the author's blog, then received a letter from her practically by chance is, yes, INCREDIBLE!!
Barbara, my friend in Holland, mentioned to me in subsequent emails, that she had found my book but misplaced my letter. I'm sure because of the move, so I asked her if she'd like another letter. She said yes, so I wrote one for her and sent it away to Holland. Meantime, she wrote again and mentioned she had read my blog post on the vintage baby clothes a new friend had given me. (You can read about them in my August 20th post.) She asked if I would like to have a vintage baby bonnet she had found in her late aunt's home and of course, I was thrilled to have it. So, imagine, my letter was crossing the Atlantic to go to Holland and her aunt's baby bonnet was making it's way over here at practically the same moment! Another simply incredible fact. She received the letter and copies of two of my other books and I received her fantastic gift.....
Now, for the GIVEAWAY...yeah, it did take me a long time to get to it, but you know how I am when I'm telling you a story!!! IF you would like to receive a copy of my book "TEACH YOURSELF TO QUILT," kindly make a comment on this blog post by Thursday, September 27th, and I will choose THREE people, each to receive ONE copy of this book. Yeah, it's been in print for twenty-four years, so it has no current information in it on how to make a quilt "of today", but, it's the way I would still make a quilt, so maybe you'd get something out of it....well, you'd get a free book anyway. So, let me hear from you. And, please remember to be sure I will have a way to get in touch with you too.
So, there we are....a vist from my favorite son, a story, a precious gift from Holland, and a Giveaway.
Look for another post on Thursday...probably late that night. I'll announce the winners then and there is no telling what else I will be showing you. Til then, take care out there. pat