Tuesday, July 17, 2012

the best ever gift- a collaborative quilt from my friends

It's been almost a month since I recieved the most amazing gift in the mail. When I first saw this quilt, peeking out of the top of the box, I started crying. Well, it was less like crying and more like full blown sobbing that lasted for hours. I'm not even kidding. It's taken this long for me to be able to share this with you all because every time I try to type up a blog post, I start to cry all over again. It's that special to me.

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Months ago, my dear friend Krista (aka lolablueocean/k2/SeattleKrista) organized a private group of other amazing friends on flickr and set forth to make me a baby quilt. After I received the quilt, I was invited into the group and got to see all of the planning and discussion that went into their collaboration. Each person made a block or two, and then Krista joined them together, added many more of her own blocks, and completed the quilt. (Knowing how busy she is with her work and her own family, I'm still amazed that she pulled this off.) It's double sided and much larger than just a baby quilt. I've wrapped myself up in it and plan on it keeping both me and the new baby warm during what I expect to be many middle of the night nursing sessions.

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Some close ups of the blocks:

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Avery, Claire, and Cooper received the sweetest gifts as well. They felt so special to be included in the package.

Avery and her goodies
Claire's goodies
Cooper's goodies

I've said it before, and I'll say it again-- the friendships I've made through this blog and flickr are just as real and meaningful as the ones I have with friends that I get to see in person. I've been lucky to meet a few of my online friends and am excited to meet more in the future. I feel so grateful for each one of you!


So thank you again Krista, Felicity, Carol, Amy, Penny, Tamiko, Jenny, Angela, Kerry, Amber, Anna, Krista, Dan, Muriel, Marilyn, Lucinda, Suzanne, Charise, and Pat. You sure know how to make a big old pregnant lady feel good. Well, after all the crying was done anyway. xo

42 comments:

Charlotte said...

such a lovely gift!

Kiera Vanella said...

What a beautiful and thoughtful gift! Absolutely stunning! I'm sure you'll treasure it always!

felicity said...

I am proud to have been a part of such a special gift for such a beautiful person. xoxo

mle said...

Wow, that is just incredible!!! What a treasure and the words in the quilt are so sweet and perfect!

Blueberry Park said...

wow, what an awesome quilt! there are so many beautiful pieces in there...I could look at it for hours!

Jessica said...

Amazing quilt! I love the words and how it all goes together so well!

I also had a collaborative quilt made for me when I was pregnant with my second. It's an awesome gift that we use everyday, even more than the quilt that I made him myself!

sewfroufrouquilter said...

Absolutely beautiful quilt- you have some amazing friends. I love the colors.

Angela said...

Can I just say that I'm sappy enough to LOVE that you still get weepy over this! lol Nothing is better than making a quilt for someone who literally cries with Joy and Appreciation. Now come on with that baby!!

Amy Friend said...

I'm so happy you are happy--it was a joy to participate in its making. I hope it is wrapping you and the baby up real soon!

Tanya said...

That IS a super special gift -- and one that is well deserved, I'd say!

Ethne said...

Justified, special gift for a special person - obviously

carrie (believemagic) said...

What a wonderful gift. It's a beautiful quilt.

Amys Crafty Shenanigans said...

It is absolutely beautiful - and so precious. You have amazing friends.

Jodi said...

I can only imagine how wonderful that must have made you feel to receive such a gorgeous gift. I haven't been loving the quilts with words on them, but this one is fabulous!

Francine said...

This is absolutely breathtaking.. you're a lucky girl to have such talented and loving friends!! Awesome!

Flo @ Butterfly Quilting said...

What a sweet and thoughtful gift! What great friends!

**nicke... said...

that is the sweetest thing. i love it so much!

Dianne said...

What a lovely gift! I hope that you enjoy many hours of snuggles with your little one wrapped in its warm embrace. Isn't the love of friends flat out miraculous?!

Svetlana said...

what a gorgeous quilt! you have the best quilty friends, ever.

capitolaquilter said...

your friends did an amazing job creating the quilt. it is truly inspirational. collaborative gifts are the best kind. enjoy

girlforallseasons said...

Yay! It was so fun to be a part of making this and then to see how lolablueocean turned it into something so much more amazing than our individual pieces.

Krista Withers said...

We love you!!
Now come on and get here little one!!!

Rachel Hauser said...

And this quilt looks exactly like you! They obviously love you to pieces. Thanks for sharing. It's incredible!

beth lehman said...

so amazing! what a gift ~ their friendship and support too!

CitricSugar said...

That would make me weep, too! Just gorgeous. What wonderful work - so special! What is truly amazing about it is that it doesn't look like it was made by a bunch of people since it seems to belong to a singular vision... love it.

Leanne said...

What a stunning quilt, perfect for a new baby and you! And your bigger kids lovely too.

bloomingpoppies said...

I already gushed about this quilt on Flickr but had to reiterate how completley in love I am with this quilt. What a sweet gesture from your friends!!

carol said...

It was such an honor to be part of this surprise for you, Krista. I'm so glad you love it!

Holly said...

What a thoughtful and beautiful gift, no wonder it brought you to tears! Your friends obviously know your style and have made a quilt to be treasured. All the best as you prepare to welcome baby #4!

Kaye Prince said...

Wow, the quilt turned out absolutely gorgeous - and it's so "you" too! Big kudos to all the ladies and the gent who took part in putting this together!

Faith Jones said...

That is just the best gift and I agree, there are such amazing people in blogland and Flickrland...so wonderful!

Poppyprint said...

I'll never get tired of seeing this quilt!!! Sorry for all the sobbing friend. And btw, there is nothing big or old about you!!!

Jenny said...

hats off to Krista for really making magic with our blocks. baby comes soon!! best wishes

diane said...

this is stunning and you are indeed lucky. I know what you mean about online blog and flickr friends, they are so lovely and generous!

Kristy said...

This is the most amazing baby quilt I've ever seen. It made me tear up. I almost thought I was going to start crying as I read the words on the quilt (in my defense I'm 7 1/2 months pregnant). What wonderful friends.

verykerryberry said...

So lovely to see it all with you and your family xxxx

Tonya Ricucci said...

what an amazing gift. truly beautiful quilt.

Jolie said...

that is absolutely delicious! What a gorgeous gift, and gorgeous group of friends!!!

Kristie said...

This is absolutely gorgeous! As is your new addition. Congratulations!

luvaloo said...

That is such a fabulous quilt!! What a lucky mama you are to have such loving, talented friends! And what a lucky babe to be so warmly welcomed into the world!

Tonya Ricucci said...

fabulous quilt. you have some amazing and talented friends.

Your Creative Friends at the Calico House said...

You can feel and see the love in this quilt . Very Inspiring for us all.