Handmade Gifts are the Best Gifts

Yesterday, I got a package containing one of the nicest gifts I’ve ever
received! It was a quilt-size box (what?!), and the shipping label said it was a
package from my friend Sarah at Fabric Seeds.

I know I’ve mentioned Sarah before, as she was one of the first blog friends I met in “real life” back in the spring of 2012. I had just arrived to my hotel for Kansas City Quilt Market and met Sarah in the elevator at the hotel we were both staying at. I was a nervous wreck that weekend, and meeting some friends really made the weekend so much better (food poisoning and all!). Sarah and I immediately hit it off, and have stayed in touch since.

Baby Onesies from Sarah

I opened the smaller, wrapped package first. Oh. My. Gosh. The sweetest appliqued baby onesies ever! I love them all, but the little alligator is too cute for words.

Baby Quilt from Sarah

I unwrapped the larger package and recognized the quilt right away! Sarah had actually shared it in her post for Craft Book Month this September. It’s the “Tumble” pattern from the book Growing Up Modern by Allison Harris, made from Riley Blake gingham.

My husband walked in from talking to the FedEx guy, and I couldn’t wait to show him the quilt. He’s a really good judge of quilts (he’s seen plenty of my attempts, both successful and unsuccessful), and he loved it just as much as I did. Winner!

Baby Quilt from Sarah

I immediately texted Sarah, “Oh my gosh, I want to cry!” She replied right away, “Why, what happened?” I told her her gift was so special to me, and that no one has ever made me a quilt before.

Sarah said she was relieved, because she thought something terrible had happened. Oops! It turns out that she had made this quilt just before I found out if I was having a boy or a girl, so she hoped the quilt didn’t have too much pink. (It doesn’t. In fact, I’ve already gone there. Hehe.)
The geometric and wavy lines quilting is also really gorgeous in person! Sarah, you have no idea how special this quilt is, and we will treasure it forever! Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Blanket from Kathy

I also wanted to share pics of some of the other handmade goodies from my baby shower in Ohio a few weeks ago. This crochet baby blanket was a sweet gift made by my mom’s friend and co-worker Kathy. Love it!

Baby Shower Gifts

My mom made these cute handmade burp cloths from flannel and terrycloth. This was perfect, because it’s one of the things I wanted to make for the baby, but didn’t have the time to do. I’ve heard they are super absorbent. Also, this green knit baby hat and orange crocheted baby hat (with headphones) were gifts from Judy and Sally. So sweet!

What’s the nicest handmade gift you’ve ever received?


By the way, Sarah is hosting a
giveaway right now on my other blog Craft Buds, so you can hop over
anytime during the next three days to win a copy of her new Supernova
quilt pattern. Enter the giveaway!


I’m Lindsay Conner, and welcome to my sewing home! I am a modern quilter, author, editor, pattern designer, wife, and mom. I use this space to share my latest projects, tutorials, and patterns!