I don't make a big deal out of my birthdays and let them slide right by. My husband loves to surprise and comes up with some exciting ideas for presents to flatter me. He loves to extend the gift giving throughout the day to make it last even longer. I love him for that! He REALLY surprised me this year with a Tassimo machine and a pair of matching coffee cups! I don't like kitchen machines cluttering up my counter space, but I have been asking for one of these for about six years (maybe just as a joke, but partly, because I wanted specialized coffee too!)
But the mugs aren't any old coffee cups, they are a very special Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Vol. 11 with all of the Designers Blocks and mine twice...once at the beginning, since they were listed alphabetically and once right at the logo, so I could see it every time I drink my coffee! He even considered the fact that I would be always drinking with the mug in my right hand. (I have come to be more aware of "lefties" - left handed people, because I have three at home. I am the exception!) These mugs are mine alone! Can you spot the Gristmill Star? And the retro orange is killer! (Retro-Orange ist der Hammer!)
He was/is just amazing to organize the whole thing! He wrote the editors of Quiltmakers; he hijacked their email address from my email folder and wrote them about how he wanted to surprise me! They were understanding and very kind to send him an image of the blocks to fulfill my wish. He broke the image apart, reorganized so it would wrap around the coffee mug and added my block a second time! I love him! (smoochy). This is a ONE-OF-A-KIND Quiltmakers Mug designed and made by my very own husband!
If you were a designer for Quiltmakers in the past publications, you probably received one of these as gratitude for your efforts. Unfortunately, they are no longer distributed starting with vol. 11. My husband was really proud of me for getting my first block published in Quiltmakers and saw my disappointment when they announced the no longer gift the cups. He so warmed my heard with this powerful act! This post is for you, Sweetie! Now I can drink my coffee with my new extra special tab coffee machine and sip from my new Quiltmakers 100 Blocks Designers and design more quilts and blocks!! Thank you so very much, Quiltmaker Editors! And a special thank you, Hubby!