Oh. My!

Whew! We’ve had a whirlwind of a day here in ThimbleannaLand! TheFirstChild and SweetiePie were here for a very short 10 hours (it’s their year to spend Christmas with her family, so they stopped by here early.) It was non-stop fun — we went bowling, held the gingerbread competition and had our little gift exchange. They left at 1 a.m. and hopefully they’re home safely by now.

In the middle of it all, there has been some serious — and I mean SERIOUS — hyperventilation going on around here.


OHMYGOSH!!! It’s Here. IT’S HERE!!!

It’sHereIt’sHereIt’sHereIt’sHere!!!!!!!  HERE it is!

Lilly Pilly

And Holy Cow — it’s absolutely gorgeous! I mean Really. Words can’t express how beautiful this quilt really is. And the pictures truly don’t do it justice.  (I had to take some snow pictures — Just for you Kellie!  It’s so amazing to me that in only five days, this quilt went from being in Hot Australia to landing in the cold snowy midwestern United States.  Poor shivering little quilt — it probably wishes it could go back home!)

Lilly Pilly

Oh. Just in case you’ve been hiding under a rock you’re new to this blog or Kellie’s, several months ago I won this fabulous quilt from Kellie at Don’t Look Know. Shortly after I ripped open the package today, I took it to our family get-together where there was MUCH oooohing and aaaahing and quilt fondling. And fortunately, I came prepared with paper bags.


Because, there was MORE hyperventilating. I had BIG plans for this quilt. I reasoned that if I could only SEE Kellie’s fabulous machine quilting up close and personal, surely I’d be able to teach myself how to machine quilt the way Kellie does. Silly Me. There is No. Way. On. Earth. I could ever quilt as beautifully as Kellie does. She jokingly mentioned in her note “don’t look too close”. That just made me laugh. Seriously. Those quilted circles are perfect. PERRRRR-FECT! So, So Beautiful! (And look at the adorable bead eyes on those birds!)

Lilly Pilly

I feel so Very Honored to have this quilt.  And it means so much more to me than just a quilt.  The fact that quilters who live half a planet away from each other can become friends, never ceases to amaze me.  And then…to have such a beautiful piece of workmanship to remind me everyday — wouldn’t you hyperventilate too?  Look at this adorable quilt label that Kellie put on the quilt.  It tells the story of the quilt.

Lilly Pilly

Kellie. I wish I knew how to truly thank you. There just aren’t words — and words aren’t enough. Thank You. Thank You SO Very Much! I’ll treasure this quilt always, and I promise I’ll take very good care of it. Did I tell you thanks? Danke. Dank u. Merci. Grazie. Obrigado. Gracias. Thank You from the bottom of my heart. You. Are. Amazing!

And, (and for the rest of you too) a very heartfelt wish for a very Happy Holiday season. Merry Christmas to those of you who celebrate.

Merry, Merry Christmas!

79 Thoughts on “Oh. My!

  1. Oh dear …Poor Poor Santa. No matter what he has planned he could NEVER EVER top that quilt…

    Sorry santa

  2. Wow, the quilt is absolutely gorgeous! Like Jodie above me, I also wonder how Santa will top that!

    Have a great Christmas, Anna. I’m one of your newer readers (or was I just hiding under a rock? :oD) and I must say I am so glad I found you! :o)

  3. Merry Christmas Anna!

    Kellie’s work is amazing!!!

  4. Oh. My. alright. Isn’t it just stunning !!!!!!! I am sooooooooooooo jealous. Enjoy your christmas.

  5. Just in time for Christmas, wow you are so lucky to have one of Kellies quilts. What a deserving winner. I know you’ll have a great Christmas but I’ll wish it for you anyway.

  6. I think you’d better pass me one of those bags – it is AMAZING!

    Merry Christmas (I think Santa delivered early to you!)

  7. That sure is one beautiful quilt….I can just see myself curled up on the sofa under it….no wait, it’s at your house….not mine….damn!

    Have a great Christmas and I hope that Santa isn’t under pressure now!

  8. Oh my goodness, it is very lovely indeed, and it looks very at home in the snow to me!

    I think you should spend the day snuggled under it and giving instructions to everyone else in the house. Because really, once under it, who could ever bear to get out again?

    Have a wonderful Christmas, Anna!

  9. I think the quilt has found the perfect home with you Anna!! Kellie’s work is indeed beautiful, and looks wonderful pictured in the snow!

    Hope you have a wonderful Christmas with your family:)

  10. Don’t stop breathing Anna!! It’s breathtaking indeed. Lucky you, what a wonderful quilt to win!

    Merry Christmas to you and your family!!

  11. WOW! WOW! WOW! That is just amazing! Blogland is wonderful…it sure makes the world a whole lot smaller. Hope you have the best Christmas ever!

  12. Oh. My! IS RIGHT!!! You lucky, lucky girl! Keep a paper bag handy for whenever you pass by the quilt, and maybe get started on a quilt to keep this one warm! Merry Christmas!

  13. So glad that it arrived safely! So beautiful! It is pretty amazing that people from anywhere can link over the internet! :) Merry Christmas!

  14. OMG, you lucky girl – it’s fabulous! I know you will treasure this beauty for many years.

  15. It is absolutely beautiful, I’ve been admiring it for months! Is the white quilt top quilted in circles first…then the applique placed on top of that? When I clicked on the close up of the bird it looked like the applique is on top of the quilting??? Maybe we could fly her over to this side of the planet for a quilting class????

    Have a blessed and Merry Christmas, Anna

  16. gasp … gasp … still gasping … ooooooo …. it is truly gor-gee-ous!!!

  17. So pretty out in the snow!! Merry Christmas, Anna!

  18. That quilt is lovely and congratulations to you on that fabulous win! You are a fortunate soul! That is beautiful! I feel similarly about my friendships with tatters internationally. There is a special “kinship” felt of crafters with similar interests regardless of propinquity!

  19. What a perfect Christmas present!! Congrats on the win and I’m sure it will be treasured!!

  20. Miss Jean here, typing from under a rock! I had no idea you had won THE quilt! Might have been when I was gone. I LOVE Kellie’s work. Oh, my goodness!!!! I am so happy for you!

    Have a blessed Christmas holiday and a very Happy and Healthy New Year!

  21. And breath out…. gorgeous quilt, worth having a paper bag constantly to hand! Merry merry merry Christmas to you and your family

  22. Same to you and your family! That quilt is so beautiful!

  23. Thank God for paper bags! I think I’d need one, too. That quilt is just simply GORGEOUS!

    Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  24. Oh my is what I was thinking looking at that beautiful quilt! Congrats on winning! She’s a beauty! :)

  25. What a beyond beautiful work of art! Oh, I wouldn’t be able to let that out of my sight. Congratulations and a very Merry Christmas!

  26. Wow! Just wow!

    Merry Christmas, Anna! All the best to you and yours!

  27. Robin Brown on December 24, 2009 at 2:01 pm said:

    there will be a wonderful glow radiating from your home from this beauty so that Santa will surely find your home (again) tonite. There are such wonderful, generous people in this crazy world that it makes my heart feel happy – and no one deserves it more than you…I am envious, but I’m sure everyone else is also. Have a wonderful
    Christmas Anna and hope to see you soon in the new year. (hopefully there will be a show-and-tell). love, Robom

  28. Robin Brown on December 24, 2009 at 2:02 pm said:

    Robom (?)…my fingers have a lisp

  29. That quilt is just gorgeous. You are so fortunate! Wishing you and your family a very merry Christmas, Anna.

  30. its gorgeous! and to have it arrive right before Christmas? too cool for words! Hope the rest of your Christmas is as lovely, and glad you had a good, albeit short, visit with TheFirstChild and SweetiePie
    Merry Christmas!

  31. Pass the bag sister – it’s BEAUTIFUL – your one lucky duck. Sounds like your holidays are off to a wonderful start.

    Happy Holidays Sister :)

    Hugs- Karen

  32. Wow – that is one seriously beautiful quilt. No wonder you needed that paper bag. What a wonderful gift!

    Merry Christmas, Anna!


  33. Gorgeous quilt! Merry Christmas to you and yours in Thimbleannaland!

  34. Oh Thimbleanna land. I LOVE my visits here. Look what I found today! Absolutely wonderful.

    Have a magical time over the coming days Anna. Much love from all the pebbles xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  35. Oh My Gosh! How beautiful! You are the luckiest lass!
    A very Merry Christmas to you and your family Anna! May your holiday be as wonderful as you are!

  36. You were so lucky to win that beauty, Anna…and so deserving. It is the coolest quilt ever. I would just design an entire room around it.

  37. The quilt is gorgeous. I can certainly understand why you’d hyperventilate over such beauty.

    Happy Christmas to you and your family, Anna! I wish you all the best this holiday season.

  38. Anna, that is just the most awesome Christmas gift that you could get. I rushed off to the kitchen to get a paper bag for myself while reading your post. You are one lucky lady. May you have the most wonderful Christmas and a joyous and prosperous New year!

  39. Oh, you lucky duck! I’m breathing in a bag just pretending I’m you. Love it.

    Merry Christmas, Anna~

  40. I think your quilt is happy to be in the cold US, knowing it can keep something warm, even if it’s only your wall :}

  41. That’s just gotta be the most amazing blog prize ever!! Woo, and just in time for Christmas!! It’s just beautiful, and it sounds like it has a very appreciative owner!

  42. Oh my what a way to start your Christmas, a very good start indeed. Stunning. Verry merry Christmas, I can see it will be wonderful xoxoxo Clarice

  43. Having seen Kellie’s work up close I can fully understand all your huffing and puffing. And I just LOVE that some of her work is now in your home. It’s sort of connecting all my special blogging friends together somehow. Oh, how much fun it would be to all meet one day. I wish you and your wonderful family a very Merry Christmas. I’m sure like everything else you do it will be completely gorgeous!! Lxxx

  44. oh aren’t you the luckiest lady in the world!!!!!!!! I love kellie and I love her quilts. I feel so lucky I’m going to get the chance to sit in on her class next year and she is so sweet and lovely in real life

    I love the snow pic! so pretty!!!!!!!!!!! enjoy it, it’s so so beautiful and I’m sure it came to the right home!

    merry christmas since you’re about to have yours and we’re done with ours!!!!!

    ps love the paper bag shots! hilarious!

  45. Merry Christmas Anna!

  46. OMG! It is soooooooooooooooooooooo Beautiful. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. love, jewels

  47. Merry Christmas to you and your family. What a lovely, lovely quilt!

  48. I stopped over to wish you a Merry Christmas… and instead the wind was knocked out of me when I saw the quilt. AND THAT YOU WON IT… that’s it… pass me that bag! Breeeeeathe. That quilt is AMAZING and beautiful… and could not be in more loving hands!

    And if you ever go away on vacation, I offer now to quilt sit for you!

    Merry Chirstmas, SW1!! xoxosw2

  49. don’t let monica quilt sit. she has alterior motives.
    what great timing for your quilt to arrive!
    merry merry christmas wonderful anna!!!

  50. Hand me a bag too…That is beautiful!
    Merry Christmas to you and yours Anna!

  51. Gasp! Sigh! You are such a lucky girl! Good thing I had a Christmas bag nearby when I saw that quilt. :) It’s just stunning.
    Merry Christmas, Anna!

  52. You are so right, Anna. That beautiful quilt is fabulous. Merry Christmas and God bless you.


  53. Such a beautiful quilt and it is now in the perfect home! Congratulations Anna….can’t wait to see it in person! Merry Christmas! xoxo Junie

  54. You’re so lucky! That is absolutely beautiful! Yay for you!!! What a great Christmas present!

  55. What a perfect time to have that beautiful quilt arrive!! Wow, I would be hyperventilating too, just awesome!!!! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas Anna :)

  56. Thank heavens for those paper bags! That quilt is sooooo gorgeous! Hope you had a really lovely Christmas Anna! Lots of love Lucy xxxx

  57. ANNA!
    Much hyperventilating here just looking at pics of your glorious treasure.
    Hope you enjoyed a lovely Christmas~


  58. Very very pretty! Don’t let the cats near it!

  59. Oh what a great Christmas surprise, your quilt is beautiful, you are one lucky lady! Merry Christmas Anna.

  60. You. Are. So. Lucky.
    Kellie’s quilt is fabulous. Thank you for sharing it with us. Love your blog.

  61. Miss Thimble, you are one blessed lady! I’d be hyperventilating too! It’s a gorgeous quilt! Gorgeous!

    Merry Christmas!

  62. wow, wow , wow ….. just gorgeous , I never knew about the birds being family members — how cute. I got a little parcel from Kellie on Christmas Eve too- brought a tear to my eye :-)

  63. Oh I had to break my blogging holiday and say OMG it’s in the snow!!!!! How very very cool or is that freezing!!!! It was VERY hot on the day I sent it to you. Thanks Anna for your kindness and friendship … and I look forward to meeting up with you in May!!!!! (I hope … fingers crossed!)
    PS … Lisa I didn’t want to make you cry!!!!!

  64. That quilt is a thing of utmost beauty. I am not surprised you needed a paper bag when it arrived!

  65. That quilt is just gorgeous! And it’s especially nice that it gets to live in a good home where it’s beauty will be appreciated.

    If I hadn’t already gained five pounds in the last two weeks, I’d try some of your cookie recipes. They all look delish, and I love you presentation too. The cards are darling and, of course, I love the glass canisters.

  66. wow Anna! you are one prepared chik! paper bags and all! your new quilt is beautiful, I would have hyperventilated for sure! and btw, this is such a sweet thank-you post to Kelli. I’m amazed at the lack of manners of some people who I’ve sent things to who have won giveaways on my blog. Not only have many not even said “thank-you”, but many have not even acknowledged they received the gift. ok, I’m done. you’ve given me hope that there are some out there that do have manners and are very thankful. so thank-you!

  67. OMG. That is GORGEOUS! I remember your win and forgot all about it. It is AWESOME and Congratulations again! You’re one lucky gal!

  68. It’s lovely, Kellie’s work is just amazing! You’re very lucky, and what a nice surprise to arrive just before Christmas!

  69. OH MY Anna. That quilt is beautiful and even more so hanging there in the snow. Just wonderful. I’m so happy for you. Couldnt happen to a nicer person. Honestly, I mean that.
    I hope you had a wonderful Christmas.
    ps. No snow in Tenn. I’m sure I would have seen some in Indiana. :-)

  70. Oh, it is lovely, Anna! It couldn’t have a nicer caretaker than you.

    Wishing you peace, and happiness in the new year, my dear friend.


  71. What an incredible work of art. It is really beautiful. It went to a deserving and appreciating home! For sure.

  72. Amazing, beautiful quilt! Quilters and bloggers are a pretty special lot….And quilting bloggers are the cream of the crop!

  73. Oh Anna… Happy You.. What a wonderful quilt you won… Im so happy for you… It must be even more beautiful in real life…
    Just back from Holiday at my parents…and catching up in blogland…. hope you have had a wonderful time during Christmas and New Year… wish you a fantastic 2010!!! :o)

  74. I’m hyperventilating just lookiing at it! It’s gorgeous! Lucky you! Well, enjoy! If you get tired of it, I’ll take it off your hands! What are friends for! lol Cheers!

  75. I am sooo jealous…Lol…. you are soo lucky…. to have one of Kellie’s quilts in your pocession is amazing…I love the snow picture….I am sure the quilt is happy to be there after 40 degress C here in Aus….now it can have a cuddle…he he… I did a workshop with her and I tell you try to get her over to the States… she is amazing… her teaching is wonderful truly wonderful… amazing…. she explains it so easy… you can learn… but it will take years of practice to get to kellie’s standard… I am trying…. the patterns are superb as well….CONGRATULATIONS
    Hugs Dawn x x x

  76. I am so happy that someone who REALLY appreciates and loves it received Lilly Pilly! Enjoy it forever!!

  77. I love that quilt…Kellie brought it with her when she taught a class in November and we were all green with envy! I was lucky enough to win one of Kellie’s pillows this time last year….I LOVE it….I am awe of Kellie’s work..and she is also a very nice person..!!….enjoy the quilt….! Loved your gingerbread houses and I wouldn’t have been able to throw them out either…they look so cute out in the snow!

  78. Enjoy your beautiful quilt, Anna!


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