Friday, April 8, 2016

FEELING CHATTY

The other day, a woman came into the shop and I sort of recognized her.  She looked a little surprised and said "is this YOUR shop?"   I told her it was, and she said "well you're the reason I'm knitting!"
Now it was my turn to look surprised.  She proceeded to tell me that several years ago one of her sons was heading to Guatemala on a missions trip and I donated a bunch of baby quilts and little knitted hats to match for the orphanage down there.  After seeing the impact it had on the people working there, she decided she needed to learn how to quilt.  She said with a laugh "well THAT didn't work, so I took up knitting".  Suddenly I felt like Mrs. McArthur    It was really nice to know that something I did and had totally forgot about had made an impact on someone else.  Quilting matters. Knitting matters.  But most of all, giving of our time and talent matters.

I got some happy mail yesterday!  These blocks arrived for my knitty quilt from Mary


I just love them.  Thank you Mary!


They tie in perfectly with my block and I just can't wait to get this quilt together  : )
I've got all kinds of words going through my head, but the wall in the shop where it will go is only so big.  Once again I will have to demonstrate some self control..............

Have a lovely week end,
Carla

19 comments:

the momma said...

What a nice surprise for you! (I love how 'came into my shop' just seemed to roll off your tongue (well - I read it that way. perhaps it gave you pause as you typed it... ;-)
Giving of yourself does matter and it IS valuable, and you got to be reminded in the nicest of ways.

Seeing as how I've only just learned to knit (and still only the knit stitch, at that!) I don't know what your quilt blocks mean, but they look lovely. Looking forward to seeing the others as they arrive (I'm curious if your bee mates are all also knitters?)

have a fabulous weekend ~ Tracy

Karen said...

They are adorable!

Nat at Made in Home said...

What a lovely story!

Kim said...

You are an inspiration to so many people, lovely Carla. Love those blocks. This quilt is going to be so cool!

Patchwork and Play said...

Isn't it wonderful that we can be an inspiration to others, and often without knowing it! I must make a siggy block to go with my 'cast on'! And they will be in the mail early next week....

Julie Crawford said...

oh my gosh, that is so exciting that you have had not just an impact on a community in need, but on another who then took up crafting because your work was so inspiring!! See, this is why you are perfectly suited to having your shop- I'm sure you will inspire many others!

Anne / Springleaf Studios said...

I love hearing stories like that of how connections are made and people influenced by things we do. Quilting and knitting DO matter. Keep up all the good work Carla.

Marie said...

What a great story, Carla, I'm sure you have been an inspiration to many people, not only in quilting but also in knitting. The "knitting quilt" is going to be a nice burst of colour in your shop, love it!

Needled Mom said...

That is a GREAT story! I know you will continue to inspire many more.

Glad that the words will work well for your quilt. I look forward to seeing it.

OPQuilt said...

Such a great story--and what a lovely way to close that circle of sharing your knitting! Mary's words look terrific--she's so on the ball!

Elizabeth

dutchcomfort said...

Those surprises and compliments are the best!
Love those words!

Karen S said...

I think it is delightful that this lady acknowledged the part you play in developing her interests. What a lovely compliment.
And the blocks looks great!

Christine @ 12,450miles said...

I absolutely adore small world stories like these! They make me smile. (I also am loving these word blocks. SO FUN.

Linda said...

They are lovely!

Dawn Hughes said...

What an amazing story, paying it forward....love the spell bee blocks!

Continue to inspire Carla!

Granny Maud's Girl said...

'That didn't work, so I took up knitting.' So funny!
Yes, you are inspiring, just like Mrs McArthur.

quiltmania said...

Self control is over rated! LOL! Love the latest knit blocks.

Jodi said...

Carla! Best of luck to you in your new shop! I hope you have lots of customers already! I wish I could be one, but, alas, I have not, yet, learned how to knit, and I live in the States, but if I ever get to BC, I will look you up.
Thanks for stopping by my blog to comment on the cross quilt. I love them, too!
take care,
xo

Carla said...

How neat is that?! Great post.