This set is sentimental to me, because while I was stitching, my grandmother (the same one mentioned above) underwent surgery to remove cancer from her lung. She was supposed to only be in the hospital a week or so and then home again and was expected to make a full recovery. Unfortunately, that's not quite the way things panned out. These towels made regular visits to the ICU with me as I sat at her bedside for six weeks, and were with me the day she went to heaven as well. It's just a little tiny part of her legacy that I am carrying on, and I know she's smiling down on me with every stitch I make. Grandma stopped embroidering years ago, but she was always amazed with how many different crafty things I took an interest in. I will forever have the memory of her smiling and shaking her head as she would tell friends and relatives about my latest project. She'd just laugh lightly and say, "she does all that kind of stuff!"
I also love that this set begins and ends with my and my girlfriend's favorite flowers. Hers is the rose, mine the purple iris. Just one more meaningful (and totally unplanned) aspect of the gift.