Testimonials About Handmade-Hope

Testimonials were not on my mind when I created Handmade-Hope. My purpose was to be more than just another on-line art gallery. I also wanted to create a way to share some of the techniques I use to create my quilts, so providing good, clear information and how-to's was also a high priority. Inspiration and creativity comes in so many unique packages, (including creating THIS website), and diverse ways, I also wished to demonstrate ways to help others discover, find, and sometimes even create more meaning in their lives.

Handmade-Hope Testimonials are the stories sent to me by those that have found meaning and value here, in one way or another. I'd like to share a very special story as the first, here. It is the story of a man that commissioned me to create a very special Christmas gift for his beloved wife.

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"The Perfect Gift" - Randy Salzman

I relish giving the perfect Merry Christmas. But whenever My Beloved wants anything she immediately buys it; consequently, once the holidays turn up my possibilities are all already hanging in her walk-in closet, decorating some corner of our house or creating bubbles in her bath.

In summer 2008, My Beloved, Darden’s Dr. Jeanne Liedtka, fell in love with the wonderful quilt of Mt. McKinley at Denali National Park. In early fall, I met Terri Stevenson, and after looking at Terri’s work, the encompassing question became

“What can I get this artist to quilt?”

At Thanksgiving, it finally came to me: my wife’s favorite spot on the planet is her vacation home just off Cape Cod in Onset, Massachusetts. Overnight, Terri started, worked like a dog every spare moment, and on Christmas morning, My Beloved came down stairs to the ultimate re-creation of her charming summer place.

She was -- for the first and only time in our lives together – speechless.

Today, three years later, The Onset House quilt is still the first thing my wife shows newcomers to our Charlottesville home. She drags the novice over to witness the precise detail one can see through the hammock hanging off the porch. She glories in her wicker chairs and lace curtains. She distinguishes the hundreds of blooms in her Onset flower garden – where the dozens of colors demonstrate that Terri trumped Mother Nature.

Meanwhile, I sit back with my vodka-tonic and laughingly watch, assured of two things.

1) I finally found the perfect Christmas present; and

2) My Beloved expects me to top it.

But, after The Rotunda, I can’t think of anything else for Terri to quilt.

Can you?

Randy Salzman

See The Onset House quilt mentioned in the testimonials here.
See The Rotunda quilt mentioned in the testimonials here.


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