Sunday, 25 May 2008

The kindness of bloggers

A few weeks ago I received this email

Hi Lucy.
I missed signing up for your mini quilt swap as I was on holiday. You could have called me a cheat if I had signed up though as I allready have the quilt I wanted to send you. It was made by my aunt in the late 70's and has spent the last 25-30 years in a box. I have 3 others the same and thought it would look great on your wall.
I would not want anything in return; you have allready (unknowingly) given me a lot.
Laughter, when reading your blog.
More laughter, when reading other blogs from the list on your blog.
Most importantly, you have, with other bloggers, given me my crafting Mojo back! It had been missing for nearly 20 years!
I now have a new sewing machine and a list as long as my arm of projects I want to make!
If you let me have your postal addy, I will get it in the post to you
PS. My aunt would have been pleased if her quilt could hang with others; unfortunately she died 2 years ago (aged 91)

I was obviously intrigued and overwhelmed by the generosity of Eve's offer especially as I hadn't met her (in the blog sense) before this email arrived.

And you can imagine how thrilled I was when I received these parcels yesterday

and look at this amazing quilt! I think I was expecting something really traditional so this fantastic chicken was a real surprise. Look how tiny those hexagons are and the colours are so funky! Eve's aunt's name was Dagny Jalser and she was born in 1913. I feel really honoured to have one of her quilts on my wall.

And look who were hiding in the parcels for the little Lockets

These amazing Munkees knitted by Eve who quickly made themselves at home in the urban jungle that is our back garden!

The children were thrilled and have christened them "Mad Thing" (Dorothy's), "Petal" (Daisy) and "Raindrop" (Fred) - it was difficult to get a photo of them because they haven't left the children's sides since they opened them.

especially as they are so snuggly!

Thank you so much Eve - I am really touched by your generosity.

I also need to thank Eve for this award that she gave me yesterday

Thank you so much Eve - I am delighted that I have helped you get your crafting mojo back (although I'm not sure I really deserve the award!)

I would like to pass this on to all my friends in blogland - I am constantly inspired and encouraged to make new things and try new ideas - thank you!


Kitty said...

Oh wow ... that chicken quilt is fantastic! This wall of yours, Mrs L-P, is going to look blinkin' gorgeous.

So glad Eve has been inspired - let's hope she keeps on crafting now!

Fab monkeys too - no wonder the little Lockets haven't put them down.


Kaz said...

oh how lovely is Eve?! And her aunt made something so funky!! I am continuously inspired by the people in blogland.

Those munkees are so cute and fluffy.

Eve said...

So pleased you liked the quilt and that the little Lockets liked their Munkeas

Sal said...

That is just so kind and sums up this wonderful blogging world,doesn't it?
What a fab quilt and what wonderful munkees! Sal;-)

periwinkle said...

That is such a nice thing of Eve to do and the chicken quilt is just the Munkees too. I was in the winter gardens the other day and there was a sign up for the next Knit and Knatter for 14th June 10- 12
Lisa x

Rachael Rabbit said...

What a wonderful chicken quilt - I love paper piecing!

Annie said...

That's an amazing story - how special.

Charlie P said...

Aww, that's so kind and the quilt is really special. I love how unexpectedly funky it is :D
You should open up a quilt museum and charge entry to your house- I would definitely pay!

twiggypeasticks said...

That is really lovely, the quilt is fab. The monkeys are very cute too!! What a lovely gift and a lovely email message too but well deserved I think.
Twiggy x

hannah said...

What a lovely gift and a lovely story! and such a funky chicken!

Catherine said...

What an incredible little quilt! The little monkeys are wonderful too.

Blossom said... know.....I am a great beleiver in karma..what you give out is returned 3fold. and you,my dear give out TONS!!!!

love the quilt and the monkeys.....

Rachelmp said...

Wow - and those monkeys! Love them too (hope your weekend was great too) x Rachel

Leanne said...

Love the quilt and the tiny monkees. You reap what you sow Mrs Locket...kindness.

quiltdude said...

What incredibly generous people there are out in blog land. A lovely story and a beautiful quilt to match.
Lucy you are an inspiration to so many people and the best thing is, you don't even know it.
X Clare

Kitsch n Zinc said...

How kind and what a wonderful quilt!

How cute are those Munkees too?!

Gina said...

How lovely and generous of Eve... and what a super quilt and monkees. It couldn't have gone to a better person!

Jenny said...

Love that funky chicken quilt and the story that goes with it and those monkeys are adorable

hilde said...

Gorgeous!! you must have many beautiful quilts by now!
And those monkees, wonderfull too! So funny and so tiny!

Jennie said...

Woo I just caught up with your blog!
Your mini quilt wall is going to be fantastic!!
The little monkeys are very cute as are your bunnies you blogged about before.

JOinTAS said...

Eve is so generous but then I've found this community of crafty bloggers are all generous and love to share. Can't wait to see your wall complete. I better get a wriggle on and finish my mini-quilt off, don't want to be the last one!!

Lynette Anderson said...

Your quilt wall is looking great, I am rally enjoying seeing all the wonderful creations. Thanks for sharing them.

Simone said...

That is such a lovely story. How kind of Eve to send you the heirloom quilt! I love the little monkeys she knitted too. I don't know which one I like best!

Thimbleanna said...

Holy Cow Lucy! That's awesome! What a cute quilt. And those little monkeys are pretty amazing too! Well deserved pressies for you and the little Lockets.

the vicious chicken said...

Well, this post has everything a girl could want - a chicken, *and* monkeys! Yay!

I'm loving all the beautiful mini quilts that are popping up around blogland, Lucy. An inspired swap, if you don't mind me saying so :o)

April said...


Just wanted to let you know that I have tagged you on my blog, please have a look

April xx

April said...


Just wanted to let you know that I have tagged you on my blog, please have a look

April xx

Barbara/Ring-a-Rosie said...

Your mini quilts are just so amazing Lucy - and all from such lovely people too. You are very lucky.
Barbara xx

Stine said...

what a wonderful quilt from Eve's aunt. Your wall is more and more wonderful!!

What cute hairy monkeys! If you'd like to see one of Eve's monkeys, sans hair, have a look over at my blog. There is a swap going on and I received a smooth monkey (named Rustle) from Eve. He is very cute! I'm at

dottycookie said...

Oh that is such a lovely story! And Kitty's right - your eall is going to be unbelievably fab!

Linda said...

the chicken quilt is amazing and the gorgeous little monkeys. What a beautiful story!! :)