For me, DQS9 is now officially over. I received a note today saying the quilt I’d mailed out had been received, and I received mine in the mail on Tuesday. So, lots of pictures ahead!

Let’s start with the one I sent out. I’ve been waiting anxiously for it to arrive at its destination so that I could do a full reveal.

Front (with a peek at the back)

Back - this fabric was the first one I picked out, and it's how I determined all the other ones actually went well together, despite the oddity of orange + purple. I think it turned out really well.

My first wonky star ever. Really not that hard. The only thing is... I totally miscalculated, twice. The first time, I cut only half the number of pieces I'd need to assemble it. So I corrected, or rather overcorrected, by cutting twice as many. So, there's a cheery sun on the back too.

I love this one! I was able to get the most "artsy" with this one, even though that was really hard for me. Prince Charming had to help me figure out how to do those shading lines on the canoe, because I am really not an artist (in the drawing/painting sense).

Sneaky little brownie with his bucket of... who knows what. Sand? Water? Wonder where he's going....

Added in the flower, since he seemed like he needed a bit more. Did you catch that they all have red hair? 🙂


All sorts of excitement going on here! My favorite bit is the umbrella.

This was the square I kept secret from everyone, because I wanted it to be a surprise. I took the logo for DQS9, traced it onto the background fabric, and then tried out tinting with crayons (which we happened to have in the house). Then some embroidery, and voila! I don't think she'll mind me sharing this even though it has her full name on it - I'm guessing there are quite a few Karen Jones in the United Kingdom (that's right, I sent it to England!).

I used a decorative stitch on my machine to do the quilting, something I'd seen some other people do. This was leaves - it looked the best out of all my options.

Goodbye! I sent it off with almost all of my Joel Dewberry "Deer Valley" scraps, since she'd mentioned how she liked them (they were all that I had left over after making pillows for the living room, and now that I've decided to change the color scheme in there, it seemed silly to hoard all that fabric that I'd probably never use).

Here’s the beauty that arrived for me on Tuesday! Unlike the quilt I sent out, which had a long ways to go, this one only had to go a tiny distance – my partner, Rebecca (craftalittle) lives in the metro area (well, kind of). [Editor’s note: I thought it would look nice to photograph these in the sunbeam that streamed into the living room yesterday after work, but it totally didn’t end up like I wanted to. Well, lesson learned.]

The quilt, and some fun extras! Hexagon templates and a charm pack!

Do you see this awesomely cute bird? He makes me very happy.

She quilted it with these beautiful flower motifs!

What is that there? Oh my goodness, there's a big "K" on the back! Have I mentioned yet that Rebecca had a baby mid-August? And still managed to make this? While managing a toddler and a newborn? I am in awe.

Here she is, in all her (shady/sunny) glory!

As if that wasn’t enough, we came home to a present from my father-in-law, celebrating our anniversary (which we knew would be “food,” but that’s not much of a hint).

Cute packaging! Wait, what does that say on the box?

Cupcakes! Quick, free them from their plastic prison (and sentence them to a tasty death instead)!

Each one is a different flavor combo!

This is the one Prince Charming chose to eat first. It was chocolate with... sprinkles on top. Or something like that.

Cookies and cream maybe? We haven't eaten it yet.

They're all decorated so cute! See the flower? It's not plastic, like I thought, but actually frosting!

Needless to say, after having a cupcake (mine had fudge frosting, which totally did me in for the rest of the evening) or two, dinner was postponed. went out for a run, and I still wasn’t hungry when he came back. I made up sweet potato fries, and he made up some mac & cheese, of which I ate a few forkfulls. I was very, very full.

We’ve had a great few days, don’t you think? Such happy, happy mail!

2 Replies to “Received!”

  1. Oh my goodness- I want those cupcakes!!! They look delicious!!

    I do consider myself in the metro area- I am in denial that we officially live outside of it. 🙂

    If it makes you feel any better- I finished your quilt before the 2nd one was born- I have had it sitting- waiting- for over a month, I think. 🙂 It was the arrival of the newborn the Tuesday after the mail date that delayed my trip to the post office.

    I love the quilt that you made and sent! I am going to have to give some embroidery a try one of these days- it is just so cute!

    And- I have been reading your blog for a few months now. 🙂 I admire your bravery in making clothes for yourself! I haven’t braved that yet- I am very impressed with your clothes making! I make clothes for my daughter and was after my mother in law asked me if I made a shirt that she was wearing (I had) I wondered if that was a bad thing. Particularly how you say that you are proud when you make it through a day and no one asked if you made your clothes. So yeah…I guess I need to work on my sewing. Although my husband says that she just asks that no matter what, since she knows that I do make some of her clothes.

    1. They are delicious! I had a chocolate one last night with buttercream frosting and something gooey and chocolatey in the middle!

      My boss actually lives in your city, and I might actually consider it on the border… but then again I live 8 blocks from Minneapolis.

      I am glad to hear that you had finished it up before the birth, though I am still amazed that you did it all!

      Clothes for myself is a tricky thing – I have had quite a few failures recently, including a sundress I put away to fix next year that was bumpy at the hips. I think kids clothes would be easier, but I haven’t made any, so I could be totally wrong.

      Give embroidery a try, but I warn you, it’s addictive! I like that it’s a small craft I can take almost anywhere, and it requires almost no supplies. Nice to carry around in your purse for a long bus ride, waiting in the dentist’s office, etc.

      I’m loving your blog too, though I just found it this week!

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