29 May, 2012

Many Thanks


In the life of a quilter one gets very used to the reactions of people when you give them a quilt. They are either blase about it and you wonder why you bothered OR they are blown away by your kindness, let alone the awesomeness of the quilt itself. But very rarely does the quilter get to be on the other side of that relationship.

I've been there once before, when my SIL gave The Monster's baby quilt. It's pretty cool (the feeling and the quilt).

At Quilt Market, however, I got that feeling twice. And even though I'm friends with quilters I hardly expected it. To be fair, the quilts weren't for me. They are Nikolai's quilts.



The first one came from Rashida. Amanda and I ran into her on the show floor. We were on our way to the Generation Q booth, to say hi to the folks there. Rashida joined us for the chat. There we were in the booth, chatting away and admiring the ever rotating display of quilts when I was handed a quilt. Made with linen, some solids, and Cloud 9's Monsterz line, it's the sweetest baby quilt. I was admiring it when Rashida told me it was for Nicky. I'll admit it, I lost it and was gushing like a total geek. So, so sweet.

(BTW, more details on the quilt in the premiere print issue of Generation Q.)

We kept trying to get a picture of Rashida with Nicky. It turns out someone was always crying...


Then, on our last night together Amanda and I retreated to the hotel room. We sat chatting as I nursed the baby and we signed bookplates. After the energy and crowds of Market it was nice to finally have some time to reflect and be together. It was, after all, only the second time we'd been together. And she presented Nikolai with an awesome quilt. She knows me so well that the design was perfect, beyond it being a slab quilt. In writing the book we always pushed each other and always responded. Maybe she didn't mean the symbolism, but she put purple in it and it is all solids. That accounts for one push from me and one from her.

And now, my beautiful crazy boy has some gorgeous love to cuddle with that come from dear friends. He's got no choice, that kid, he's the son of a quilter, surrounded by quilters, and buried in quilts.



43 comments:

Sonia B said...

That is one joyful baby. How absolutely adorable! And what treasures you've been given.

stitchinpenny said...

Two quilts just mean if he spits or the diaper leaks, he can play on the other while the first is washed.

Suzanne said...

I don't think it's too soon to invest in a quilt rack or a quilt chest for Nikolai. :-)

Doris said...

You can't beat good quilty friends, can you? I know what you mean about being on the other end of the gifting, I received one two years ago (a quilt that I made NO secret of admiring when my friend first made it--and then she gave it to me!!!) Thrilling. Nicky is a lucky kiddo.

So nice to finally meet you in KC!

Doris
www.madebyabrunnette.com

JennX said...

I'm tearful just thinking about the receiving end. And you described the giving end perfectly!! Those are perhaps the cutest baby smiles EVER heeheeheehee (and I've had two of my own!!).

Megan said...

Holy cow - CUTEST. BABY. EVER. I want to squish his happy little cheeks.

Cindy H. said...

Wonderful baby pictures!!

Betty Crocker Ass said...

Oh goodness how cute and sweet and damn he's awesome! You make good looking kids! Now if you would just dress him exactly like your husband I'd be in total love!

felicity said...

Beautiful gestures for a beautiful boy.

Lisa M said...

Both quilts are beautiful, but unfortunately they lose some of their pizazz compared to your adorable son's smile. How gorgeous is that smile!

Carla said...

Wonderful post. Quilters are the best : )

Carla said...

Oh my goodness, he is wonderful!! Look at his little tummy! And that face! You are one blessed lady, in friends, quilts and babies :)

Holly said...

What a lovely story! Nikolai looks very happy about his beautiful new quilts!

Kate said...

What a gorgeous little boy! I hope all is going well with you and your family. It's so nice receiving quilts, especially when they're as lovely as those.

Rashida said...

He's so darn cute Cheryl! ^_^ I'm so happy you finally got a shot of him smiling it up with his quilty buddies. And it was absolutely my pleasure. He's such a little prince. XO

Victoria said...

How cool!

Oh, the sweetness of caring, generous friends who get it, and the absolute awesomeness of a baby that is as fabulously adorable as yours is! That is one cute kiddo!

amandajean said...

what i didn't get to tell you (there just wasn't enough time to fit it all in) was that i was gonna stipple it. just to push you a little more. ha! but alas, i did what i call sky scraper quilting instead. (i gotta remember to add that one to the sampler quilt!)

enjoy, my friend!
xo

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