Recently, I purchased a set of vintage blocks at a yard sale. I felt elated, as though I had received a meaningful gift, and I knew that I needed to 'save' the blocks! The blocks were signed and dated in the early 80's, and several had birthdates as well. Curious, I set to work at my computer for a bit of detective work. Low and behold, I was able to find information about the maker of one of the blocks! How fun, I thought, to surprise her by mailing the completed block back to her ;-)
Yesterday, I received a phone call from Charlotte, who had received my surprise in the mail! She initially thought it was a Birthday gift (apparently I have good timing!), then noticed her own signature on the block! Although she did not recall actually making the block (32 yrs ago!), she noted that indeed it was her own signature, and was a bit perplexed as to who and why and what was behind this gift. My goal exactly! We had a nice visit over the phone, and I was happy to learn that Charlotte is still an avid quilter and was thrilled with the gift :-)
I told Charlotte I completed one for myself as well! Teenage Sue looks to me a thoughtful young lady, and I will enjoy hanging her in my sewing room. She will remind me of the importance of Goodwill, and also how fortunate I am to be part of the quilting community.
Although this is certainly not charity in the customary sense of the word, it is a random act of kindness. Completing the blocks gave me a fun sense of accomplishment.
It is I who feels like the recipient of goodwill :-)
Linking up with Le Challenge #13, whose creative inspiration this month is Charity!
On the subject of Charity Quilting, if you have not yet heard the news: