Tuesday, February 14, 2012

a Quilt I Couldn't Make

Yesterday the mailman left a package on my doorstep.  I had a feeling he was bringing something good for me.  A stack of new fabric?  No, the box was too big, too bulging.  It was addressed to me... from Hollie, a host with do. Good Stitches.  When I opened the box, out tumbled a wondrous thing - a quilt full of Good Folks fashioned in beautiful Japanese x & + blocks.  One after another, after another, so many of them!

finished and bound by Hollie (Undercover Crafter)

A quilt spread out on the floor in the sunshine.  I sat upon it stunned.  My eyes traveled from block to block.  In awe. In shock.  In the best kind of shock and awe.

 a Quilt I Couldn't Make

A quilt full of so much color and so much clever piecing.

a Quilt to discover

A quilt brimming with my favorite fabrics and others, many, many other lovely ones I had and had not seen before.

a Quilt full of so much color

A quilt to discover.  Still sitting, still shocked.  Wondrous.

Truly Wondrous!
 
I opened the first letter, from Hollie.  The quilt is a gift from the members of do. Good Stitches, made by the hands of 12 circles, in the works since October.

from the members of do. Good Stitches

A quilt I could never earn, but will always treasure.  And of course I cried then.  I know, I know that the ladies of do. Good Stitches are generous, amazing souls, but now I feel it in my hands, tangible evidence of the miracle that is love.   Freely given love.  Such a simple, precious thing.

Thank-YOU for this incredible 
gift! 

And the fabrics spoke to me, little glimpses of things I am drawn to, with black and text.  It's as if they know me.   And then... they do!

a Quilt with so much clever piecing

A quilt with an amazing surprise!  For what do I read in Hollie's letter, but that Anna has signed it?!?!?  Anna has signed it?  Anna Maria Horner has signed it?!!??!  Because by some stroke of luck she was in the right place at the right time and was kind enough to do so.  Truly wondrous.

signed by Anna Maria Horner!?!?!?

A quilt I couldn't make.  Nope, not in a million years.

a snuggle with my new favorite!

With overflowing thanks for your love on this Valentine's Day,

Rachel


115 comments:

  1. Wow. What a gift to treasure. Such a beautiful quilt tied up with so many beautiful thoughts:)

    Precious indeed. Thanks for sharing the love, I hear it's what makes the world go round, it certainly did today

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  2. Wowowow!!! What an amazing gift. And they nailed it. That quilt is so perfectly *you*.

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  3. Yippee! I wish I could've been there to see the look on your face. We're so grateful for all you do!

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    1. Thank-you, Katie! Yes, it would have been nice to have candid camera just then. Only, it would have been very long and slow (shhh... she's still just staring at the quilt. Should we tell her we're here yet?).

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  4. Ohhh I had to concentrate not to cry too. What a wonderful and generous gift. You must have be a very special person. Congratulations to such a unbelievable gift :)

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  5. Woot! I'm so glad you finally got the quilt. Been wondering when I'd see it pop up here - couldn't wait to see pictures of the finished product! :)

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  6. What a gift Rachel!! And on Valentines day no less, truly heartwarming! Enjoy :)

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  7. Oh wow - the best kind of Valentine - certainly full of LOVE!

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  8. Racgel, it’s so well deserved! It’s wonderful to see all the blocks together in a quilt now!

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  9. You lucky duck! What a wonderful gift.

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  10. What a perfect day for the package to arrive! I think a lot of us really struggled to keep this secret--but I am thrilled to know that it communicated the intent of the whole project: to show you how much we appreciate the effort and love that you put into all the things you do. So happy you love it, and thanks again for being awesome!

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    1. Awwww.... Yes, you guys were amazing to keep this so quiet. So many people and never a post to the flickr pool. So sneaky!

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  11. What a beautiful gift! Enjoy it!

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  12. That is truly a great gift - a quilt that could never be made, yes. I teared up myself just thinking about all the love and care that goes into making such a beautiful creation.

    Happy Valentines Day Rachel :)

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  13. what a wonderful Valentines story! Its so beautiful and they made you a quilt that reflects you!

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  14. Sniff, sniff, what a sweet story!

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  15. simply stunning. what a great package to receive in the mail!

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  16. Oh my, oh my! This post made me teary...in a good way. How generous you are and how generous are is the group. Congrats to all! Toni

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  17. Oh, what an amazing quilt! So much color and such gorgeous fabrics! A gift to be treasured forever!

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  18. Oh Rachel! I'm so glad that you that love it! You really have given all of us a wonderful opportunity to grow, meet new friends, and contribute. It turned out absolutely beautiful (and awesome on the AMH signature - kind of the sprinkles on the icing on the cake, right?)!!

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  19. Oh my, that made me cry. So beautiful, such a gift!

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  20. It is gorgeous! What a priceless treasure....Happy Valentines Day!

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  21. An emotional post today! Beautiful quilt...and so special, made for you just because you are so special. I'll bet that just feels amazing & beyond words. :)

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  22. WOW!!! Such a beautiful gift, for such a beautiful person! Happy Valentine's Day to you, friend!!

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  23. Good for them! What an amazing gift for an amazing person!

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  24. Beautiful! What a wonderful gift.

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  25. Yay!! So glad it arrived safely (in time for Valentine's Day no less) and that you love it! Thanks for all that you do for do.Good Stitches! We heart you :)

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  26. How exciting! You really deserve it. You give back to so many, I'm glad someone thought to give a little something to you too! That quilt is stunning. Little Folks/Folksy Flannel are my favorite lines too so I can imagine how over the moon you were. Congrats!

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  27. What an amazing, incredible gift. For an amazing woman. You do good stuff Rachel, you should be proud. x x x

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  28. And I should say everyone in the do. Good Stitches circles are amazing too!

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  29. It's a treasure, for sure! It's so beautiful! And to have something signed by AMH? Woo! You deserve such good things, Rachel!

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  30. Oh, Rachel. I am so thrilled that this quilt touched you in the way we had hoped it would--and in the way that so many lives are touched each month by the quilts do. good Stitches creates for hearts and souls in need. You inspire each of us to be better in ways beyond this craft and you really deserve to feel this love from all of us today. I hope you will feel our gratitude, love, and camaraderie each time you see it. This one's for you, my friend. :)

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  31. It's gorgeous! What a wonderful, perfect gift. I can't imagine a more perfect expression of friendship.

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  32. It's just beautiful! Happy Valentine's day!

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  33. Oh, Rachel! What a precious, sweet gift. I know you will treasure it forever. I've been making a ton of those blocks too, and they are great because anything goes, and I like having so many fabrics from so many different quilts all in one place. Enjoy snuggling under such a tangible sign of friendship!

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  34. So glad you love it! It was a pleasure to make a bloc for you after all you have done for the online quilting community. You are generous, inspiring, kind, and you totally earned it!!! <3

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  35. What a beautiful quilt and an amazing gift!

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  36. What an incredible gift!!! Perfect timing on this day of love. It is gorgeous! You are very blessed!!!

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  37. Oh wow, what an amazing gift, I'm sure you'll treasure it

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  38. Oh Hooray Hooray! So fun that you have received it...what a secret it has been :) :) It is such an honor to be able to participate in do. Good Stitches and I thank you for being the master-mind behind this awesome group. So much fun to be able to bless someone who has done so much to bless others!

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  39. Wowow! You have been abundantly blessed!!!

    So happy for you!

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  40. How lovely! More proof that the love you put out into the world comes right back to you :)

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  41. Yay! I've been wondering about this quilt and looking forward to hearing that you received it and seeing the finished quilt. It's Gorgeous, and very well deserved :)

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  42. Oh, I am so thrilled you received it for Valentine's Day - I kept hoping I would hear more about it soon! do. Good Stitches is just amazing, and you have blessed so many people's lives with it - the stitchers as much as the quilt recipients. THANK YOU for all you do!

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  43. Oh that's my pirate block - how amazing to see it again in this beautiful quilt which goes to just the right recipient. :-)

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  44. Lucky you, it is so beautiful! :-)

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  45. Wow. I have Oooo'd and Ahhhh'd over 10 times already.......I feel another one coming on as I look at that quilt. Wow.
    Happy Valentine's Day, Rachel.

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  46. What a beautiful treasure! So much love and life all in one place and made just for you!

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  47. I'm so glad you got it and love it. May you have many wonderful days and nights snuggled under it!

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  48. Wow that is so gorgeous and amazing! So many hands went to work just for you!

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  49. Aw, such an amazing gift- a quilt to treasure for sure. Congrats Rachel- how special indeed. :)

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  50. Wow!!!! That is absolutely gorgeous!!!! What a beautiful treasure!!!!

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  51. It makes me so happy to read of kindness like that. Such a special gift!

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  52. Wow--fabulous quilt and lucky you!

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  53. This is such a beautiful quilt. So special.

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  54. The quilt is marvelous. Your post made me tear up a bit--I know how much work the quilt and your efforts take. Such love and loveliness on the part of the do.Good ladies. Well done, all.

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  55. Oh gosh, now I'm crying! How absolutely beautiful- in every way.

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  56. Oh wow, it turned out fabulous! I have been wondering about this quilt. You may not have made the quilt, but you inspired it. Enjoy it, it's absolutely lovely!

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  57. WOW......so wonderful of a gift and so beautiful too!!!

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  58. That is an amazing gift--and quite deserved. AMH has the best colors I think.

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  59. Oh my gosh, that is WONDERFUL!!! Happy Valentine's Day!! :)

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  60. That's incredible! There is so much love that can go into a quilt. Glad you felt that love for you! It's beautiful!

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  61. So glad you shared! Not only is it a beautiful quilt, its such a great testimony to all the goodness that is out there, if we'd only look. Way to go all you ladies who participated in making the quilt.

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  62. i am so happy that you loved it! it was fun to be a part of something to say thanks to you for everything you do!

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  63. This quilt is amazing... everything about it... who made it how is was made, everything.. quilts are a happy spot

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  64. Oh wow, that quilt is so incredible! What a treasure. I would've definitely cried if I received something like that! What wonderful friends.

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  65. we thoroughly loved making it for you rachel - so well deserved - and indeed, love in every stitch - enjoy!

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  66. Wow! What a gift! How did you get to be such a lucky girl. Enjoy your gift.

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  67. What a beautiful quilt! Patchwork like this holds a special place in my heart :-)

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  68. you deserve it completely! such an amazing quilt for such an amazing quilter!

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  69. Simply stunning and bursting with love.

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  70. Oh wow what an amazing gift, something to treasure forever!

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  71. What a stunning combination of beauty and goodness. Literally and symbolically so to speak. Such a treasure!
    I keep scrolling back up to look at it again and again. :)

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  72. Yay! I feel I want to clap for you. What a precious treasure.

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  73. I had two thoughts...
    That is one spectacular quilt.
    and
    We reap what we sow.

    You do good and it came right back to you in the form of hugs and kisses.

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  74. What a wonderful, special gift to receive on the 'day of love'. I know you are wrapped in the quilt and in the love shared with you. You will hold that forever.
    Enjoy your special gift.
    Made me feel good just knowing there are folks out there who still do things like this.

    Thanks for sharing with us.

    Debbie

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  75. I'm so glad it finally arrived! I have been on pins and needles. I know that we all wish we could have been there in person, to see your face, express our thanks and give you a huge hug - but this is almost as good. Thank you for all you do for us!

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  76. Rachel, I'm so glad you got the quilt and that you love it! The members of our circle were all so excited to be part of this, and we hope you know how much we all appreciate everything you do for us! I love seeing the pictures of the quilt, and you snuggled underneath. Perfect!

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  77. Wow, great quilt, so nice!!! J.

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  78. From quilters, to a quilter. Love it!

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  79. It turned out lovely! What a fitting gift for you and all of your work and inspiration!

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  80. So glad I could be a part of this. We truly appreciate all that you do with do. Good Stitches!

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  81. I had almost as much fun spotting my blocks in there! Enjoy!

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  82. I was honored to be a part of this gift! Thank you so much for all you give to all of us - that we can then continue to give!

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  83. Phenomenal!! Wow that is just gorgeous and complex. Absolutely love it, Congratulations!

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  84. My greatest congratulations - such a beautiful quilt, and made by friends - real treasure!

    Hugs,
    Tatyana

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  85. Wow what an amazing surprise gift! The quilt is so 'you' and just perfectly lovely!

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  86. Holy moly, awesome. I may have teared up a little reading your post. AMH? I'd have fallen over!

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  87. I've been doing my utmost to keep this under wraps--glad I did! So glad you were surprised! Enjoy, Rachel--you deserve every last stitch. :)

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  88. Woohoo!! So glad you've got it in your hot little hands. :) You deserve every single stitch of that quilt, girly! Thanks for giving us all the chance to make a difference!

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  89. Awww, so glad you've got it. Thanks for creating Do. Good Stitches. Enjoy the quilt. : )

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  90. I missed this on Valentines Day. What a wonderful gift for you that's so special and beautiful!

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  91. Where can I get information on this block and the "color recipe" you used? It is simply stunning and so inspiring! Kate M

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    1. You can find a tutorial for the block at this link: http://www.stitchedincolor.com/2012/01/scrap-attack-japanese-x-block.html. Enjoy!

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  92. That is one of THE most beautiful quilts I have ever seen in my life! Such color. I love color. (just read this post a lot late, lol) Simply wonderful.

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  93. Wow what an awesome gift. I am a member of Do Good Stitches but this was done before my time. You are a precious soul and you certainly deserve the quilt!

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