Congratulations, Mandy! I will send your address to Mona as soon as you e-mail it to me.
Thanks to all of you for posting a comment here. Your stories certainly touched my heart and I'm glad that quilting gets so many of you through life's difficult times. I know it does the same for me. It's a well documented fact that "the creative process involved in artistic self-expression helps people to resolve conflicts and problems, reduce stress, increase self-esteem and self-awareness, and achieve insight." For many of us, the creative process involved in quilting is also a healing technique that can not only relieve stress but bring us in touch with our emotions to generate greater feelings of well-being.
So if your problems (or the cold weather or winter blues) happen to be getting you down, try picking up a needle or sit down at your sewing machine and see if making something lifts you up or changes your outlook a bit.
Valentine's day is coming soon and my mind is leaning toward making something small and cute with hearts or pink and red prints again this year. How about you?