Thursday, February 19, 2015

Random Post: The Long Awaited Quilt Appreciation Post!

Hi, all! Before I jump into this post, I must say something that has been gnawing at me for some time now. I don't usually like to share gift posts because I don't want anyone to feel like they come off as braggy. This is something that a very scant amount of people in the wax community have put into my head based on Facebook conversations from the past in wax groups over the years, conversations with friends, and, well, in my own mind. This post is about a gift I received for Christmas, so if you don't want to hear about it, please scroll on by this post. This gift is too wonderful not to post about and I want to share it with you today, even though it has nothing to do with wax.

This post is a long, overdue one. My friend Julie from The Redolent Mermaid offered to make me a lap quilt for Christmas. Initially, I felt bad saying yes and asking her to undertake something that to me, someone who has no crafting senses and/or talent in crafts, looked so difficult to make! She insisted, so I agreed, and she asked me what I liked. I told her rainbows, which is vague but they are my favorite, LOL. This is what she made me. 

I cannot express how grateful I am that she gifted this to me and used not only her time, but her tremendous, incredible crafting abilities and her hard earned money on fabrics for this gift. I am still in awe every single time I use it. Thank you again, Julie, from the bottom of my heart. I am so very privileged to know you, with or without wax. :)
Here is one side of it. I love the fabric she picked for this side, as well as the cool red and white stitching on the border! It is so cheerful and fun looking.
...And here is the other side! GAH! Look at how gorgeous it is! When I opened the package, I seriously cried because of how beautiful it is. This is such a thoughtful present and I absolutely love using it. More on this later. Now, for some close-ups!
Julie had mentioned to me that she found fabric with little dogs that looked like Schnauzers! This is my favorite "section" of the quilt. It totally looks like my dog, Freddo! I love the tiny little pups and how they fit into each color coordinated piece of the quilt.
These precious flowers are another favorite of mine, as are the cherries. They are so cute and happy looking.
This piece sort of reminds me of Mr. Bill, lol! I know that's not what it is, but it's cute, nonetheless. Love the beigeish fabric color and the blue together.
Here's another flowery piece that called to me, though I couldn't tell you why. I think, again, it's the mix of the bright red and leafy green colors against a blue "background" color. Next to it are a bunch of dots and then some more dots and squares. Love this part!!
Josh's favorite part of the quilt was the nautical rope because he says "the look sort of like the UFC octagon but with less sides." Men, LOL! I like this part, too, because I love anything blue. The dotty leaves next to it are also really nice!
More cherries and daisy type flowers on a yellow colored fabric. I love yellow, and if you look a little bit above...
...You'll see more pups! YAY! :)
SHROOMS! I love this part and so does Josh. I love how the colors flow in and out of one another onto the next section.
Needless to say, this quilt has seen a lot of action. I am almost afraid of overusing it, so I ration my time to a couple of days a week. HEY! I don't want it to get destroyed or worn out too quickly!
When my friend Craig was in town, I used it every darn night when he'd come over to watch movies with us. Here it is during "Terminator."
Though I don't encourage it all the time, Freddo really liked the quilt, too! He hasn't tried to run off with it, which is a good thing since he likes blankets and frillies, but I also keep it out of reach. :)

Julie, again, thank you so much for thinking of me and for offering to make me something so creative and cool. I will cherish it forever!! <3 <3 <3


  1. Awesome quilt and awesome gift. That darn Julie puts all to shame with all her crafty talents. =)


    1. It is a truly awesome quilt! Her craftiness knows no bounds. :)

  2. Oh my, that is an absolutely stunning quilt! I understand the worries about being braggy with posting gift posts. I personally love them because it lets me see the kindness in others. Thank you for sharing Julie's lovely gift with us!

    1. That's absolutely how I view gift posts, too, Liz! I think it's sweet to see that others took the time to think about you, regardless of what others say. Julie is such a talented person that her work and kindness deserve to be showcased! :)

  3. This made my night Lauren!!! <3 I love seeing this quilt get love and use! If it tears or such it can be repaired. I am so happy you like the different fabrics. That is the part I get nervous about... If I picked things people like or not :-)

    It was so much fun to make this for you! I hope it keeps you warm and snug for many years! Just like our friendship! Love ya! <3

    1. It was like you were inside my brain picking the things I love out and putting them onto the fabric! Thank you so, so much! I treasure our friendship! <3


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