Monday, September 1, 2008

Lucky, lucky me!

I came home from work on Friday -- my first full day back at work, by the way, and one in which I had to deliver a 2-hour presentation, which I was none too happy about -- and my Doll Quilt Swap package was waiting for me. It sure did turn my day around! Want to see what I got? Prepare to be jealous ...


Look at this beautiful quilt from Marilyn! I LOVE it. It features some of my favorite Flutterby and Blossom fabrics, and (unbeknownst to Marilyn) the browns and teals coordinate perfectly with our living room. My wife is already scoping out places on our living room walls to hang it.

(Marilyn, by the way, is awesome. I just went to her blog to make sure I linked to it correctly, and my favorite Jason Mraz song, "I'm Yours", came on.)

Here's a close-up ... check out that hand-stitching. And wait, it gets even better.


Look at the back! It's gorgeous! And wait 'til you see a close-up of the label ...



Marilyn, teach me how to make labels like this!!



Now, are you ready for the cherry on top? There was another wrapped box in the package. I opened it and it was a box for a photo cube. I thought, "great, I can put some recent beach pics of the kids in here and bring it to work" and, to be honest, I put it aside as I continued ogling the quilt.

Later on, after thanking Marilyn, she gave me a gentle nudge to go back and open that box up. And take a look at this ...

Marilyn took pictures of my children off of my blog and made this spectacular gift for me. Is this not the most thoughtful, special, creative thing ever?? I can't even begin to describe how beautifully this frame is decorated ... like a 3-D scrapbook page!



Thanks so much, Marilyn. You rock.


In other swap news, I sent out my Miniature Booty Swap package on Saturday morning, only to find out later in the day that the address was incomplete. Please say a prayer that the package finds its way to its intended recipient ... or at least back to me, so that I can re-send it! I am so pleased with how that little quilt came out and I would be heartbroken if it went missing.

17 comments:

  1. That is one cute little quilt. The colors and placement are great. I like the picture cube also. I hope your quilt gets where it is supposed to. Strange things happen.

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  2. The quilt rocks and I do love the label. When Marilyn teaches you how to do this, you should blog a "how-to" for us. So far my labels are written in Sharpie on fabric and sewn on. I need to do better.

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  3. Labels are a cinch - with an inket printer and any word processing program.
    Great quilt!

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  4. Wow, John! What an incredibly nice post...I'm blushing big-time:) Your photos look great. Thanks so much for your graciousness! Marilyn

    P.S. 'cheryl a' is on to my "secret":) I printed out the label, added a couple of narrow borders, then hand-stitched it to the back of the quilt...ta-da:)

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  5. I have to agree that quilt is gorgeous and the photo cube is spectacular! That really is so oooo thoughtful. Best thing I've seen in a swap in a long time (if ever?)

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  6. You lucky lucky swapper! That quilt is fantastic! The colors are so beautiful, and all those perfect little stitches!
    The photocube is so sweet. To make that....aaawwwww, what a thoughtful gift!

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  7. If your wife can't figure out where to put the quilt ~ I'd love to help out... it matches my dining room perfectly! LOL

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  8. All around - it was a great swap!

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  9. What a great quilt...aren't you lucky :o)
    The Photo cube is such a great idea and a lovely extra.
    Hope your quilt that you sent finds it way to the right place...I'm keeping my fingers and toes crossed.

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  10. Hands down this is one of the cutest quilts I have seen in a quilt swap. Love all the hand stitching that Marilyn as done. The label gives me an idea for when I do my swap. I hope my little quilt can turn out as cute as this one.

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  11. What a super-cute quilt! And the photo block is lovely. You are definitely luck! :)

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  12. What a wonderful package to receive in the mail after a not so good day at work! Sounds like Marilynn certainly had you pegged right! Very nice! 8-)
    Here's to hoping that your mailed out package makes its way to the correct address, or at least back to you!
    Happy stitchings! 8-)

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  13. the quilt is beautiful and that photo block is adorable! You're a lucky guy :)

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  14. wow. what a FABULOUS swap package to receive. the photo cube is great...so thoughtful! and the quilt is amazing. just perfect. (the label is wonderful, too!!!)

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  15. Wow, great package! And your squares look great!

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  16. Wow, what a great quilt - you're so lucky...

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