Friday, January 23, 2009

Quilt Dad in anime!

Remember this picture?:

OK, we'll come back to that in a minute.

Back in November, the theme for the 6-12" Mini Quilt Swap was "words". My fast friend Sonja and I were both so indecisive about signing up for it that we missed the boat and partners were assigned without us. Well, we decided to pair up and swap with each other. And we also decided to waive the month-end deadline, make it through the holiday season, take our time and have fun with it.

Well, I received my package from Sonja this week and, boy, was it worth the wait!

First, the goodies:

Check out that package!! Let's take a closer look at what's in there.

First, for Mrs. Quilt Dad:

Some nautical fabrics and matching ribbon. Sonja's incredibly thoughtful note said "For Mrs. Quilt Dad ... May you always be inspired to sew. From one working momma to another." Kiely was touched!

Let's see ... what else was in there?

A ridiculously cute little robot, immediately claimed by my son ...

... some more goodies quickly snatched up by the kids ...

... two fat quarters folded origami-style and a beautiful flower pin made out of fabric ...

... flower elastics for my twin girls and other assorted gifts. Were we spoiled, or what??

And, oh yeah, there was a quilt in there, too! Wanna see it?

Sonja reimagined my funny-faced photo as a Japanese-style brush painting! Isn't this amazing?? I was truly blown away.

Sonja included tigers in the quilt's border, since I was born in the year of the tiger. And, she trimmed the photo with some three-dimensional piping.

The quilt is backed in a wonderfully intricate Asian print.

And here's the quilt's label. You'll notice that Sonja translates the Kanji characters on the front of the quilt ("John", "The King of Kindness", and "Artist Sonja"). How incredible is that? It's so thoughtful and so personal, and I am truly grateful.

Here's one final shot of the front of the quilt:

Sonja, thank you so much. I am so lucky to have gotten to know you and to be exposed to all of the great work that you do. Your creativity is always inspiring ... I hope this isn't the last time we have the opportunity to swap!


  1. What a fantastic swap! She truly was incredibly thoughtful in what she sent to you and to your family. How wonderful is that?? She is also extremely creative, lots of thought went into it all.

  2. Wow! It is great to have a friend that not only thinks of you, but the whole family. She has done a great job on the quilt by not only adding words, but other techniques as well. What a great and creative friend you have.

  3. You and your family were spoilt John. What fantastic presents. Love the quilt - simply stunning.

  4. Sonya is amazingly creative and so generous. You are lucky indeed!

  5. you are swap magic. always getting great partners!

  6. WOW! What a fantastic swap. That quilt is really something else. Definitely think it was worth a little extra waiting.

  7. That was a wonderful swap! I love that quilt. She certainly used a lot of imagination with that. Lucky you and lucky family.

  8. Fantastic swap and what a wonderful quilt. So much effort to make it special for you.

  9. Oh John, I'm just so tickled that it all was so well received! I just had so much fun making all of it! Your quilt for me rocks by the way! It's the very first quilt I've received and I'm so pleased that it's from you! It's already hanging on my bedroom wall :D

  10. LOVE the bamboo around your picture in the mini quilt. Sonya sure is a very creative person to put together such a terrific package for your swap. You were LUCKY to miss the boat on the larger group or you'd not have gotten THIS super package!!!

  11. Hi Again! I've visited your blog a few times now. You are on my "Blogs I visit list." This post was fun to read. Your enthusiasm for the quilt goodies is contagious. How fun! I have a longarm machine quilting business and am a fabraholic. Check out my blog:

  12. Hi John, love your blog. Does your wife quilt too?

  13. What a fantastic swap, such a great friend! I love it.

  14. You are so fortunate! Sonya did an amazing job with that quilt and the other goodies are wonderful too.

  15. How totally cool! I am just finding out about the quilting world and it is pretty amazing! I love the Japanese anime influence! Enjoy!