Sunday, December 20, 2009

A Surprise Quilt Arrived on My Doorstep!


A week ago I had a mysterious package show up on my doorstep! To my pleasant surprise, I unwrapped a GORGEOUS baby quilt made by my SNTM quilting bee friends! Low and behold they all collaborated to make some yummy colorful blocks, and they mailed it all to Mary and she put this quilt together, quilted it in a fabulous pebble design... and sent it my way! I'm just thrilled - until baby arrives, I'm giving it a home on my couch as a lap blanket... (more photos on Flickr) Thank you thank you thank you to everyone in my quilting bee!


Today I asked Justin to take a few photos of my new quilt... even though the days seem so dark, and we had to crunch through the snow. Sigh -- I love snow!

I love each block as they're made out of ALL sorts of lovey fabrics from Amy Butler, Heather Ross, Erin McMorris, Denyse Schmidt, and Lizzy House just to name a few. Each sewist really put a lot of thought into their blocks, and the colors are just magnificent! And check out that pebble quilting... it shows up really well on the grey Kona. Well done Mary!


One of the girls, Faith, embroidered a piece for the back that reads "Made with Love for Baby From Sew New To Me VQB, March 2010" I just love this personal touch, thanks so much Faith!
I plan on taking this quilt to the park so baby can roll around and enjoy the outdoors, and to the beach for a romp in the sand and water, among other uses! He's going to get lots of use out of it, and I'll tell him all about these friends of mine that I've never even met that were so kind to make him this quilt!


And of course I had to make sure Hazel got in a few photos. She loves napping on a cozy quilt or blanket day or night! (In fact she's curled up on this quilt as I type!) This quilt went straight to be laundered after being out in the grass and snow... and now its absolutely perfect with its crinkly, puckered, quilty goodness!



This was my experiment to confirm that this baby quilt could also double as a nap quilt, as its quite a generous size... about 48" x 60". Justin snapped this without me knowing, but I'm glad he did :-) I guess. Hazel also approves, if you can't tell. She looks pretty cozy. And excuse her crazy fluffiness, she's overdue for a haircut but she's much cuter this way so I'm going to let it go until after Christmas.

We're down to FOUR days until Christmas, can you believe it? Today I wrapped all of our gifts, packaged up my sisters gift to be mailed to Florida, and even finished a quilt! Yes, I'm quite excited! So I'm about ready for Christmas now... how is your Christmas crafting coming along? I'd love to hear of your progress! Another sneak peek tomorrow... Cheers!

20 comments:

Leslie said...

this is special and beautiful gift. i love the bright fun colors.s

Alex (aka: Baseball Punk) said...

LOVE IT!!! Absolutely beautiful!

Emily W

Blue Is Bleu said...

That's absolutely beautiful! And such a wonderful surprise :) I love that you gave it a test run lol

Gretchen said...

love the pictures of the quilt, and so glad that you like it. it really was fun to conspire together behind your back! merry christmas1

zarina said...

I love that quilt - in my long list of want to make quilts. By the way, the pregnancy looks good on you.

sewtakeahike said...

aww, dont ya love gifts like that?? it's a beautiful quilt from such sweet friends!

Beth said...

Beautiful!

Stephanie said...

That quilt is simply gorgeous! What a thoughtful and loving gift! What a treasure. Have fun getting all your gifts done! Not much longer. :)

elle said...

A sweet friendship quilt! Great colour idea and I luv the circle. I'm not as JOYFUL as you with my ufo's but so far the season hasn't been too stressful readiness wise. Happy holidays!

Team NE said...

What a lovely gift! I have a few more gifts to wrap and a quilt top to finish since I will not have time in the next 4 days to complete the quilt...my mom will get to open it up at least and get an idea of what her quilt will look like! :) Have a wonderful holiday week!

Melanie said...

What a beautiful gift! I love the colors!

My UFO list isn't getting much shorter, but I'm hoping for some down time between Christmas and New Years. We'll see!

ROZ said...

Super!

Morgan said...

Ooooh, that's gorgeous!!!

I sewed binding onto one quilt last night and need to sew binding on another one tonight. Then I need to hand stitch the other side both of the quilts BEFORE Wednesday! Aghhh!

Merry Christmas Cristin!

freshlemons said...

I love your photos of it! Especially the one of the nap. Love napping with my quilts too! I'm so glad you like it!

whatktmadenext said...

Wow, what a fantastic surprise and the layout and colours are fab!

Aunt Spicy said...

what an amazingly beautiful quilt, so love all the colors and patterns melding together! What an amazing gift!

Cami Ritsema said...

That is so sweet of your friends to do that!:) What a great quilt. Love all the photos (the nap one is my fave!;))!

Cheryl Arkison said...

What a generous gift! And that last photo is gorgeous. I adore when my man actually thinks to take a picture of me - he never does so it is extra thoughtful that he thought there was something there that he wanted to record. Good man there with Justin for snapping that photo.

Blanket America said...

Love to see you snuggled in that warm blanket.The warmth that it gives justifies all the effort.Excellent writing too.

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amandajean said...

what a GORGEOUS quilt!!! i'm going to have to go over to flickr to favorite it. it's lovely!!! what a sweet group of ladies to do that for you!