I am just so thankful and impressed by all this. It really is so special and wonderful. I can't use enough words to describe it. We will treasure this always. I had a quilt made for me as a baby until I was five ("Greenie"), and I LOVED it. I hope the Appleseed will love this one just as much.
I will apologise for the photography - I did it, not Adrian. :)
Here is the entire quilt. You can see Marie co-ordinate all the fabrics BEAUTIFULLY! She must have remembered somewhere along the line me saying that I think Appleseed likes RED, not pink. So red and yellow fit in perfectly with our nursery decor (although here shown in our room because the light was better).
And now for the long winded version! :)
In no particular order (mostly because I can't seem to control the upload on blogger)
The square below was done by Ann! Marie said the black satin ribbons were the inspiration for the black borders throughout the whole quilt - which is just beautiful! Thank you Ann!
The square below was done by Maya and Kevin and Marie. Maya and Kevin wanted to add some African fabric, and Marie added the kimonos. What turns out to be really cool is that Maya lived in Japan for 3+ years! Maya has given me lots of appreciated baby tips, and has super cute children herself. :) Thanks Maya, Kevin and Marie!
The square below is made by Joy, who also gave us Ugly Dolls (which we love and are super cute, despite the name!). Love the two little quilted fishies! Joy is our alto section lead, and has always been so happy for us ever since our announcement way back a long time ago that we were expecting. Thanks Joy!
The square below was done by Julia. You can see it has 'tea for two' on it, and ROSES. Loves! Julia is a younger choir member, who sings a beautiful Soprano 1. She is apparently a well educated babysitter - we might be making use of her skills in the next years! Thanks Julia!
The cool square below is done by Alanna, who is one of my Alto 2 buddies! She sewed the teether right onto the square - cool, right? And I have it on very good advice that those are excellent teethers, particularly if baby's teeth come early. :) Alanna also gave us some SUPER cute baby hats! Alanna knows latin, so is helpful to have around to translate the odd latin phrase in choir music here and there. She is also a famous environmental author, often jet setting on trips around the world doing research. Thanks Alanna!
The square below was done by Susan. Susan is another one of my alto 2 buddies, and the choir president. What better to put on her square than New York, where our choir recently went to sing at Carnegie Hall? Susan did a lot of the trip organisation, and I must say, it was the most well-planned trip I've ever been on! :) Thanks Susan!
The square below was done by Laura. How appropriate, a singing lady - I think that's me, singing to the baby girl! Laura's last name is my first name, it can get very confusing! :) We visited Laura's cottage last summer, when I was like 1 week pregnant - she totally guessed! We hope we can go again, and this time bring the Appleseed with us on the outside! Thanks Laura!
The square below was done by Bev, and it's a beauty! I got to know Bev and Gord a lot more on our New York trip, they are super fun. She is a home ec teacher, so of course you expect big things from a quilt square - thanks Bev!
The square below was done by Cathy. It has LOVE written in the middle - a beautiful square, I LOVE it - just like we already love Appleseed to bits. Thanks Cathy!
The square below was done by Kit. Kit is a super talented younger member of our choir, who won our choir scholarship two years ago - and we are so lucky she stayed! You can see embroidered below twinkle twinkle little star on the piano - awwwww. How cute. And ROSES again, eh? Love it! Thanks Kit!
The square below was done by Joan and Brianne. Joan said she can't sew, but she can knit, so she knit the pretty turquoise squares for this quilt square. Brianne is another highly talented choir member, and you can see she embroidered some gold stars - how fitting, she's a star herself! Thanks Joan and Brianne!
The square below was done by Diana. She is another of my alto 2 buddies! She and I roomed together in New York, so how appropriate for another New York City square!? Awesome! And you can see some more of Joan's cute little knit squares - probably very good for the Appleseed to touch all these different textures. Thanks Diana and Joan!
The square below was done by my midwife, Marlene. We laughed at my last midwife appointment - she said hers was the only square without special adornment - because she had to rush out to a birth! :) Fair enough, catching babies is a very honourable job, I would say! :) Thanks Marlene!
The square below was done by Barbara. Barbara and I live in the same direction, and often walk home together, so we usually yatter on for quite a few minutes at the point were we have to walk our separate ways. :) There is LOTS of detail in this square, it must have taken her quite some time, and is so pretty! Thanks Barbara!
The square below was done by Abby, Susan's daughter. Isn't that lovely!? She went over to Marie's house to learn how to ... sew/quilt/embroider. Pretty cool, right? I hope she had fun! She did a lovely square, pretty darn good for a first timer! Thanks Abby!
The square below has the special designation of the only one being done by male member of the choir - Dennis! Dennis and I are co-chairs of the Property and Maintenance Committee at Church, which is more fun than it sounds (we do our best to keep the roof up!). :) Dennis learned how to do embroidery for this square, and there are two very cute sea horses and a little yellow fish there! Dennis and Adrian have very similar hobbies, so it is no wonder we all get along. Thanks Dennis!
This next square was done by Ester. Ester is the wife of Dennis (see above), and another one of my alto 2 buddies. Three hearts - me, Adrian and Appleseed! Awww! And piano and roses - very pretty! Ester is another midwife in our choir - how cool, right? Ester always has a calming word about birthing for me, and is fun to talk with on non-birthing conversations too! Thanks Ester!
The square below was done by Judith. Judith is another one of my alto 2 buddies. Judith is super smart and organised, and always fun to talk to. She's been in the choir a long time, so she has some interesting perspectives sometimes. :) Thanks Judith!
The square below was done by Catharine. Catharine has a beautiful voice, and is an Alto 1 in our choir. Three hearts, plus a green bow for Appleseed to play with - love it! Thanks Catharine!
The square below was done by Leslie. It is just so pretty! Elephants are very hot these days, and the piano/roses are my fav! Leslie is a very cool lady of indeterminate age, and brings a lot of character to the choir! Thanks Leslie!
Phew! I don't think I missed any! How beautiful! I cried of course when the choir presented it to me, all wrapped up beautifully with lavender from Marie's garden. Thank you so much to everyone, this quilt is so special to us.