There were Clover pins and needle threaders along with a cute cross-stitch kit and lovely pins from Maya's quilt guild!
Maya stitched the May Britt bag with the loveliest of stitcheries! She also included a matching pin cushion, thread catcher, and needle case. I love the colors and the threads she chose; she used a beautiful variegated thread to quilt the bag...I just love it!
Tucked inside the bag were so many treasures...there was an absolutely stunning piece of hand-painted Dutch costume fabric. Maya explained that very few people still wear this kind of costume, and she sent a postcard of the beautiful clothing made from this fabric. Tucked inside the needle case was a seam ripper (I definitely needed that) and the most precious porcelain Dutch shoes. I couldn't get a good photo, but they are absolutely beautiful!
Maya also included some wonderful post cards of beautiful quilts and three postcards from the Anne Frank house. Two of the Anne Frank house postcards show the bookcase and how it opens up to the room where Anne lived; another postcard shows the outside of the house. It was amazing how looking at these postcards took me back immediately to my childhood when I read Anne's diary!
I am truly blessed by these wonderful gifts. Maya could never have known that I cherish family history and that many of my ancestors came from The Netherlands; many of them came over and settled in New Amsterdam (New York) in the very early days of our country. One of my most famous ancestors, William Bradford, also lived in The Netherlands! I had no idea that the Stitcher's Angel swap would be such an amazing experience! Thank you Helen and Maya!