When I was young, the people in my neighborhood celebrated May Day. We thoughtfully delivered homemade goodies to each house on the block, using different baskets each year. Whether they were made of felt, paper or plastic, the baskets were always personalized for the recipients with stickers, googly eyes, hand embroidery, puff paint...whatever my sister and I could find. My mother filled the baskets with cookies, candies and a little card. This tradition was very important to us and most exciting was the delivery: We ran to each front door, left the basket on the doorknob, rang the bell and ran back to the car to gleefully watch our neighbor find his treat. My exuberance faded as I got older, but my mother continues to send me a gift on May 1 to remind me of the good old days
I encourage you to make someone’s day by stitching her a quick gift to let her know you care. Use up some fabric scraps and test stitchouts to come up with something truly creative. Surprise her on a day that’s not a holiday or birthday and watch what happens! She’ll think you spent days in the sewing room and she’ll be forever grateful for your generosity.
This issue has plenty of gift ideas to inspire your creativity—they’re not just for May Day; they’re for graduations, weddings, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day too. I don’t know about you, but if I give my dad another tie for Father’s Day, he’s going to have my head. Instead, I just might take all of those ties out of his closet and make him the quilt on page 42 to remind him of gifts from the past. This way the ties won’t clutter his closet, and he can admire the wacky prints from afar! If you’re looking for something different, the embroidered golf towel on page 30 is quick and easy; and the spa set on page 56 is perfect for personalizing. There’s much more in this issue, so read on and get stitching.
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