Look what we've got in the mail just a few days ago! It is an alphabet quilt for a tiny pink penguin growing in my belly made by a collaborative work of my lovely friends all over the world. You probably heard me squealing when I opened the package, didn't you? It was such a lovely, touching, unexpected surprise!! I feel that I have done nothing but enjoyed feeling so much love from it ever since it arrived here.
I had absolutely no clue that friends have been working on anything like this for months and months. Krista of poppyprint was so sweet to start a flickr group to make this happen since I implied that I was expecting a baby (about 6 months ago now.) I found out all about how the planning went and how much thought and effort everyone put into it now. This has been really, really touching.
Seriously, this would not have happened without Krista's amazing skill to organize the group, everyone's willingness to share ideas and to provide time and effort for it. All of these people worked real hard to come up with a quilt that I would most definitely love, and they absolutely nailed it. Who wouldn't love growing up with such a cute alphabet quilt like this? I know the tiny pink penguin will have lots of fun pointing at alphabets and designs while learning ABCs. And you know how much I love paper-pieced blocks, especially those in my super quilting hero, Kumiko Fujita's 318 book (which is unfortunately out of print). The pastel color pallet, cute and lovely fabrics, quilt backing with one of my favorite fabric print - Sew Cherry's red plaid designed by the ubber talented Lori... I could go on and on about how much I love about this quilt, but what I love the most about it is how I feel the labor of love from each and every stitch.
Now would you let me introduce each sweet block and give credit to the talented makers?
The A and the apple were made by Sam. Can you spy the teeny tiny apples in A and a gorgeous vintage feedsack on the big apple? Sam! You are so generous! Sam is also expecting a baby now and there is even a chance our babies could share their birthdays!!
The B and the bee had to be made by Lori of Bee in my Bonnet, and I was right! I have been a huge fan of her ever since I discovered her blog and her fabric line!
The C and the cake were made by the sweet, talented Linda! You know how much I love sweets and this cake has to be one of my favorite patterns in the book!!
The D and the dress were made by the lovely Penny, which was no surprise either :) The cute dress pattern is one of the Sew Very Christmas pattern set by Sew-Ichigo, run by Penny and Kerry. Notice she picked ducky fabric for the D? That's exactly something she would do :)
The E and the envelope were made by Belinda and Amy. It made my heart sing to notice that this E block is the only block with a slightly pink background, because we happen to have a name picked for the baby in mind that starts with E :)
The F and the frog were made by Chase. This frog is literally the cutest frog I have ever seen! I relate myself to a frog quite often lately especially when I sit down. A big belly and short, chunky legs :)
The G and the grasshopper - I knew for sure they were made by Elnora! I had seen this cute grasshopper on her flickr or IG before and thought it was so darn cute! Can you notice the teeny tiny grasshoppers in the background? Too cute of details!
The H and the house had to be made by Charise :) She is another sweet and talented friend of mine who adds "Charise touch" to everything she makes. Oh and how much I adore everything she makes!! Such perfect fussy cutting for every window in the house!!
The I and the ice cream are just as lovely and sweet as Kylie herself! Look how perfectly she fussy-cut the cherries and the word "ice cream"?? Way too adorable!! I have a little felt pink penguin made by her. When it came here, my tiny pink penguin was so much smaller than the felt penguin, but now she is much larger! (2000 gram now!)
The J and Jello were made by the sweet, silly, and popular Monica! Everything she makes and designs is so lovely and cute just like Monica herself! I have been such a big fan of this talented lady!
The K and kite were made by Krista of poppyprint, who worked so hard for months to bring this whole quilt together!!! She is a master of everything, so she is often someone I go to when I need advice. You know someone who just seems to do everything so perfectly somehow? To me, it's Krista!
The L and the ladybug were made by Megan! She is just as lovely as this ladybug! Knowing how busy she has been at the time she made these blocks, I very much appreciate the time and energy she put into making them. The placement of the apple on the ladybug is killing me!
The M and the mouse are Berene's work! How cute is the mouse?? I wish I could snatch him up off the quilt just to give him a big hug! Berene has been working very hard to organize To Boston with Love project where quilters get together to send love to those affected by the incident in Boston. Head over here to learn more about it if you haven't heard of it.
The N and the necktie were made by the silly Doe! I read in the discussion thread and learned that N was the last alphabet to be chosen! Doe, you are so clever to come up with this necktie idea! I want a necktie exactly like this!
The O and the owl were made by Lauree! You can probably recognize that she used Sonja's cutest owl pattern! The cuteness of this owl is driving me nuts. I'll have to get a picture of my baby making a similar facial expression right next to this owl block one day for sure!
The P and the penguin - I knew right away Sonja made them! What could possibly be a better choice than a pink penguin for P? I seriously can't think of any! She designs the most unique, adorable paper-pieced blocks. It's like her brain works so differently from everyone else's! I just love everything she designs!!
"Q for a quilt?! That is so neat!" was one of the first things Joe said when we first spread out this quilt! These blocks were made by Krista of Spotted Stone Studio! It is so tiny and cute. I am crazy about anything tiny, so looking at this makes me so smile!
The R and the rabbit traveled all around the world, from Argentina to Canada, the US, to Japan! They were made by the sweet Paula! I know that she had a lot on her plate at the time she made these blocks, so I can't thank her enough for agreeing to contribute these blocks. The rabbit is way too adorable!
The S and the strawberry had to be Kerry's! Kerry has been such a great friend for me for a long time. You can find her lovely strawberry pattern in Sew-Ichigo's shop! It is a truly lovely pattern! While you are there, don't forget to check out their awesome newest pattern set!
I knew right away that the T and the teapot were Leila's work! It's funny how I was playing with her Green Tea pattern just an hour before the quilt arrived. I was using this teapot pattern for my flag contribution for To Boston With Love project. I even used the same daisy print! It's like a part of me knew what was coming my way!
The U and the umbrella were made by Jeannie. She too is such a busy lady, so I feel blessed that she took the moment to make some blocks for this quilt! This umbrella is completely perfect in every way! I wish I had a cute umbrella like this!
The V and the van were made by Amber. Seriously, how lovely is this van? If my tiny pink penguin sees a van like this on the street, I am sure she (and I!) will not be able to resist going there and getting some treats!
The W and the whale are Amy's work! This whale is just so so cute!! This fabric she used for the water part reminds me of some traditional Japanese fabric, which makes this block very special for me too!! "Woof!" for W is so awesome, Amy!!
The X and the xylophone are so Tamiko I knew they were made by her!! The apple fabric I covet and the loveliest use of colors - there are so many things about these blocks that spoke to me they were Tamiko's work! I so miss being able to hang out with her all the time when I was still in the US.
The Y and the yarn were made by the talented Marit! The creative use of the stripe fabric for the yarn block is just so amazing. Can you spy a string on the left side of the yarn ball? So cute! Oh and yellow for Y is such a neat idea too!
The Z and the zippers were made by Tara! Tara is such a creative lady who is a maker of everything! How I wish I had awesome zippers like these?! I would make all sorts of things if zippers like these existed!
Reading about how they went to come up with filling the last 4 blocks was so fun! They ended up choosing this number because it is the year the tiny pink penguin will be born! So clever!!
The 1 and 0 blocks are the sweet, funny, talented Lynne's work! There seems to be nothing whatsoever she can't do about sewing/quilting, but I know this kind of paper-piecing isn't her favorite, so I completely appreciate she tackled it anyway!
The 2 block was made by the lovely Melinda! You may not be able to see it, but she used such a cute postage stamp fabric for the number. I can imagine the tiny pink penguin gazing at the block and being happy to discover some animal in it!
The 3 was made by Jan. Sorry for a bad picture, but there are really cute animals holding an alphabet letter, L or Love and H for Heart inside the number 3. What a sweet way to conclude this quilt!
Even the backing of this quilt is so special. Look at this lovely embroidered message surrounded by cute patchwork, made by Jessie. This adds so much loveliness to this whole quilt. I just can't believe how lucky I am to have such great friends who worked very hard together to make this happen!
Every one of these friends who contributed to this quilt has had many other commitments in life. And, not everyone likes paper-piecing in particular, nor had the Kumiko Fujita's book, nor had fabric stash that I would particularly like. There were a lot of actions taken behind the scene to help each other among the group to make this all happen!!
This is truly one of the most amazing quilts I have ever received and it will be much loved by us for years and years to come. Expect seeing lots of pictures with the tiny pink penguin laying on this quilt in just a few months :)
Thank you so very much to every one of you who contributed to this quilt, and a special thank you to Krista who brought this all together! I can't be happier!