The Quilt

posted in: Bloggy Friends, Scrumplet, Second Pregnancy 109 comments

Whoever said online friendships aren’t real?

Have never received a gift such as this before.

Quilt for a baby
Baby quilt

Isn’t this beautiful? My dear, dear friend Jessica made this gorgeous baby quilt for Scrumplet and sent it all the way to Malaysia from Reno. Isn’t she talented and awesome?

Thank you, Jessica. I love it and I know that baby boy will love it too.

His buddy, the Lion, certainly does.

Toy lion sitting on quilt

What was the best gift a blogging friend ever gave you (other than the gift of their friendship)?

Alison Lee is a former PR and marketing professional turned work-at-home mother. After a 10-year career in various PR agencies, and of the world’s biggest sports brands, Alison traded in product launches and world travel, for sippy cups, diapers, and breastfeeding. Alison's writing has been featured on Mamalode, On Parenting at The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Everyday Family, Scary Mommy, and She is one of 35 essayists in the anthology, My Other Ex: Women’s True Stories of Leaving and Losing Friends. In 2012, she founded Little Love Media, a social media consultancy specializing in blog book tours, and because she doesn’t sleep, is an editor at BonBon Break, an online magazine. Alison lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with her husband and four children (two boys and boy/ girl twins).

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  • April 11, 2012 Yuliya

    I’m lucky enough to live near Jessica and can attest to her fabulousness!

    As for me, the amazingly generous Tracy (@sellabitmum) sent me an enormous box of gorgeous clothes for my babe. I was absolutely speechless when I got it. Beyond kind.
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    • April 11, 2012 Alison

      Wow, that IS generous and sweet of Tracy. I always knew she was awesome.

  • April 11, 2012 Eve

    This is so gorgeous! Jessica is super talented. Blogging is so much more than just leaving comments. It’s actual friendships in the making. I love it!

    • April 11, 2012 Alison

      She so is, and blogging is definitely more than just leaving comments (though THAT is awesome too). I’ve met the best people through blogging.

  • April 11, 2012 Katie

    That is GORGEOUS!

    The best blogging gift I ever received was from Miranda (Not Super…Just Mom). She got a bunch of my bloggy friends to contribute a letter to me upon giving birth to Charlie. She had it published in book form and sent to me. I got it on the day my milk (and hormones) came in and spent three days clutching all the words of hope and encouragement in there. I literally slept with it. Some of the letters are so tear-stained that the paper has begun to wrinkle.

    It got me through those few days when the baby blues were so intense, I thought for SURE PPD was coming back.

    The blogging world has brought me the BEST people for sure.
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    • April 11, 2012 Alison

      OK wow, that IS an amazing gift – I don’t even have words to say how fabulous that is (Miranda JUST had little Emma, didn’t she??).

      We’re so lucky, to meet such awesome people through blogging. Lucky is not even sufficient to describe how I feel.

      • April 11, 2012 Katie

        She did. And the gift that I got her ages ago that is still sitting here not sent? Does NOT compare to that fricking book. She is amazing.

        And yes, I have no idea what my life would look like without the amazing that are my blogging buds!
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  • April 11, 2012 Bruna

    I love the quilt. Jessica is definitely talented AND a good on-line friend 🙂
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    • April 12, 2012 Alison

      She is, totally.

  • April 11, 2012 greta

    Wow, that was a lot of work! So nice of her!

    Jamie frrom Chosen Chaos sent me my #mugswap mug in December, then when my toddler broke it last month, so surprised me with a new one. I thought that was pretty sweet of her.

    • April 12, 2012 Alison

      Aw, that IS awfully sweet of Jamie.

  • April 11, 2012 Jessica

    Wow that is gorgeous, the blanket and the friendship it represents. Honestly the greatest thing I have been given from blogging friends is people who are always here to listen, whether they understand or not, just knowing all of you are here means so much.
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    • April 12, 2012 Alison

      It astounds me truly, the amazing friendships we form through blogging.

  • So gorgeous!! As the recipient of several handmade blankets, quilts, baby items, etc, over the years, I have to say the obvious: you will cherish this for YEARS to come.

    Jessica is talented and generous. Lovely post, thinking of you as you near your due date! 🙂
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    • April 12, 2012 Alison

      It’s the love and effort that went into it that truly amazes me. And thank you, we’re getting close to the appearance of #2!

  • April 11, 2012 Jess

    Thank you for the lovely post Alison. I’m so happy you like the quilt.
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    • April 12, 2012 Alison

      Thank YOU for the quilt, I really love it!

  • April 11, 2012 Kimberly

    That’s a gorgeous quilt! The friendships I have made from blogging mean so very much to me. Without you? I don’t know what I’d do.

    And Jessica? She’s pretty amazing. She’s just as awesome in person as she is online (she’s going to see this and get a big head, I know).
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    • April 11, 2012 Jessica

      Going to get a big head? I think it’s too late for that. 😉
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    • April 12, 2012 Alison

      And I wouldn’t know what life would be like if you weren’t in it 🙂

      I think Jess looks good with a big head, haha!

  • April 11, 2012 Julie

    That’s beautiful, and so well done. I know Scrumplet will treasure it.
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    • April 12, 2012 Alison

      He most certainly will.

  • April 11, 2012 Practical Parenting

    Jessica is amazing…and this is beautiful. Truly, the support I’ve found is the best gift ever.
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    • April 12, 2012 Alison

      There is just no substitute for the support.

  • April 11, 2012 My Inner Chick

    OOOOO, Mama.

    I knew that was from Jessica <3


    What a precious gift. Xx
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    • April 12, 2012 Alison

      It truly is beautiful and precious.

  • April 11, 2012 angela

    Jessica is wonderful (as are you Alison!!)
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    • April 12, 2012 Alison

      Aw, thanks Angela!

  • April 11, 2012 Elaine

    I had several people send me things when K was born, such a sweet gesture!

    This quilt is amazing, I know you and your little one will get so much joy from it. 🙂

    Great job Jessica!!
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    • April 12, 2012 Alison

      I already had some joy from it – I snuggled with it 🙂

  • April 11, 2012 Stasha

    The friendships we have blow me away! Jacqui from Chicktuition send me the coolest cup and two buttons which I always carry with me. And Iza Trapani send my son a book. That was amazing.
    The quilt is beautiful!! Cannot wait to see him all wrapped up snug!
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    • April 12, 2012 Alison

      That’s so awesome, Stasha! I can’t wait to see him all snug in the quilt, too.

  • April 11, 2012 Erin

    That is BEAUTIFUL! I love the bright colors 🙂
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    • April 12, 2012 Alison

      The colors are awesome. 🙂

  • April 11, 2012 Kir

    Oh my goodness, that quilt is so beautiful! Jess and her talents completely amaze and humble me. Wow! Plus baby Scrumpet is so lucky to have such a beautiful piece of friendship to roll, sit up and cuddle with. I’ve gotten beautiful things from other bloggers, tons of gifts when I finally got PG esp the onesie that said “I was worth the wait” , beautiful things when the twins were born and one of my favorites.. a willow tree angel called “serenity” that I treasure given to me when I was starting our IVF…I say that angel watched my heart . These online friendships are some of the mmost beautiful of my life…including you my friend. Xo
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    • April 12, 2012 Alison

      I love that you said that my baby will have that piece of friendship to roll, sit up and cuddle with – that is so true!

      I treasure you too, Kir. Your words, your thoughts, you.

  • April 11, 2012 tracy

    That is all kinds of mushy awesome!
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    • April 12, 2012 Alison

      Oh it so is!!

  • Oh that is just so beautifull!
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  • April 11, 2012 Kimberly

    That is absolutely gorgeous. She has a wonderful talent.
    I wonder if she’ll make one for the birth of my gallbladder…with hamburgers and bacon on it?
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    • April 12, 2012 Alison

      Hahahaha!! If you ask her, she’ll definitely be up for the challenge!

  • April 11, 2012 Adrienne

    Wow! That’s beautiful! Blog friends are real! The proof is in the quilt. 🙂
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    • April 12, 2012 Alison

      Hehe, yes, it is indeed!

  • April 11, 2012 Klz

    Reindeer cakepops. Best ever.

    The quilt is gorgeous. Happy friendship!

    • April 12, 2012 Alison

      That IS awesome. Well, for me, cake anything is pretty awesome.

  • April 11, 2012 Kristen

    How lucky is Scrumplet to have that quilt! I love the colors! I also love how Lion is keeping it warm for him until his arrival. 😉
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    • April 12, 2012 Alison

      The colors are beautiful, yes! And Lion is all sorts of busybody 🙂

  • April 12, 2012 jlweinberg/jen

    That is absolutely beautiful! Something sweet to remind you of your friendship, always.
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    • April 12, 2012 Alison

      Yup, Jessica is in our lives forever, and that’s a good thing 🙂

  • April 12, 2012 Mrs. Jen B

    I love it! So sweet and thoughtful!

    I’ve been lucky enough to enjoy some of The Empress’s amazing homemade truffles. Mmmm! And KLZ sent me a book…which of course means I eventually have to send her the one I told her I’d exchange. Otherwise, outside those things, the friendship and camaraderie has meant the most.
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    • April 12, 2012 Alison

      Oh truffles!! And from Alexandra?? Lucky girl! And books. I love books.

  • April 12, 2012 Natalie

    Awww this is so sweet! Jessica did an awesome job on the quilt. What a great friend she is!
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    • April 12, 2012 Alison

      She most certainly is.

  • April 12, 2012 Carolyn

    Oh that quilt is beautiful!
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  • April 12, 2012 Jamie

    I’m feeling very lucky to have found this place we call bloggyville!
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    • April 12, 2012 Alison

      Me too. I wish I’d started sooner!

  • April 12, 2012 Ann

    The quilt is stunning and SO nice of them to send to you! I’ve won prizes from other bloggers, but I’ve not received an out of the blue gift like that. What a treasure!
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    • April 12, 2012 Alison

      It totally is a treasure.

  • April 12, 2012 Melinda

    amazing! what a beautiful and thoughtful gesture.
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  • April 12, 2012 Lady Jennie

    Wow – she is so talented. It’s beautiful!
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  • April 12, 2012 Galit Breen

    Lovely, lovely, and more lovely.
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  • April 12, 2012 grace

    I don’t know if I should feel bad or not, but I don’t think I’ve ever gotten a gift from a blogging friend…or ever given one…mmmm….maybe I should!
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    • April 12, 2012 Alison

      Never too late to start!

  • April 12, 2012 Jessica

    That is an awesome quilt! And it’s so sweet that she made it! 🙂

    I’ve never received a tangible gift from a blogging friend, just great comments and words of wisdom that stay with me, always. 🙂
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    • April 12, 2012 Alison

      Those are awesome gifts too 🙂

  • April 12, 2012 Not a Perfect Mom

    just wow….
    bloggy friends rock….
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    • April 12, 2012 Alison

      They so do!

  • April 12, 2012 Julia

    So, so, sweet! And what a beautiful quilt!
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  • April 12, 2012 Paula

    That is beautiful! And it is even more special because of the friendship you share! Enjoy! 🙂

  • April 12, 2012 Kelley

    That is really cute! How nice was that??
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    • April 12, 2012 Alison

      It was totally sweet of Jess.

  • April 12, 2012 JDaniel4's Mom

    It really is beautiful. What a special gift!
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  • April 12, 2012 Jackie

    What a lovely quilt and even more lovely the sentiments behind it!
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  • April 12, 2012 Stephanie

    Beautiful! You’ll be able to wrap your little one in love every day.

    • April 12, 2012 Stephanie

      Oh, and to answer your question, a blog friend once sent me a pop-up book about zombies. I still feel all warm and fuzzy every time I think about it.

      • April 12, 2012 Alison

        Your friend clearly knows you very well!!

  • April 12, 2012 Katie E

    That’s awesome, Alison! I love it.
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  • April 12, 2012 Runnermom-jen

    That is so beautiful! Jess is so sweet to send that to you. Her work is amazing!!
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    • April 12, 2012 Alison

      She is the sweetest!

  • April 12, 2012 MommaKiss

    I know how to quilt, and know that many hours go into making one – but every stitch is worth it. So awesome of Jess to send to you for the babe.

    I’ve given and received many things from “blog” friends…but I think what got to me the most was for my birthday in October of 2010 – a few of my friends surprised me with a gift that they had organized…many many people donated to breast cancer research in my name. I opened the e-mails, one after another, and was just amazed. I’d been struggling with my best friend’s diagnosis and just didn’t know what to do – and seeing that almost $1000 was donated in my (and her) name – well – reinforced to me that people are good. Just good. I’ll never forget it.
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    • April 12, 2012 Alison

      I’ve always thought of quilts as love stitched together. Which is why I was so touched that Jess made this for the baby.

      And wow, your friends’ gift was truly amazing.

  • April 13, 2012 Krystyn

    What a beautiful gift!

    Our blogging grandma sent my girls homemade aprons just this week!
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    • April 13, 2012 Alison

      Aw, that’s really sweet!

  • April 13, 2012 Shell

    So pretty!
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  • April 13, 2012 Carri

    Yay! It’s so pretty! Blake loves his monster quilt from Jess.
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    • April 13, 2012 Alison

      Isn’t she awesome, our dear Jess?

  • April 13, 2012 Leslie

    How adorable! Lion looks so at home on the quilt, too!
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    • April 13, 2012 Alison

      Lion LOVES the quilt!

  • April 13, 2012 julie gardner

    You. And. Jessica.

    Both phenomenal. And I’m so lucky to know you.
    That’s the gift right there.
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    • April 13, 2012 Alison

      And I, you. I adore you, as you know.

  • April 13, 2012 Christine

    That is so sweet! I just love when online friendships go beyond the screen. I’ve exchanged quite a few gifts with Liz at The Six Year Itch and I hope to meet her IRL later this year.

    • April 13, 2012 Alison

      That’s awesome! Someday I hope to be able to meet some of you guys in person.

  • April 13, 2012 dumb mom

    Awesome! The quilt! And we were just talking about this. So cool to see it.
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    • April 13, 2012 Alison

      It is beautiful, isn’t it?

  • April 14, 2012 Nikky44

    Online friendship are true. They are even more true than others because they are never built on false basis. In your daily life, you might meet people who try to get close to you because you have something to offer not because they like you. That wouldn’t happen with online friend. You can be sure that they are around because they love you for who you are, not for what you can give.
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    • April 15, 2012 Alison

      Nikky, I couldn’t have said that better myself.

  • April 14, 2012 Making it Work Mom

    I think all mommy friends are wonderful, both my bloggy and my IRL ones.

    They just seem to get what I need.

    And the quilt is beautiful!

    • April 15, 2012 Alison

      Yes, they do!

  • April 14, 2012 jacqui

    It’s gorgeous! Jessica is so talented and so generous! I’m sure the baby will love it for a very long time!
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    • April 15, 2012 Alison

      Yes I know he will1

  • April 15, 2012 Tonya

    That quilt traveled a long way! It’s beautiful. What an amazing friendship you and Jessica have. She is so thoughtful.
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    • April 15, 2012 Alison

      It has! And she is, so very thoughtful.

  • April 15, 2012 Mrs. Weber

    That quilt is adorable – I can’t believe how talented and kind Jessica is!

    The best gift I have received is just constant advice and encouragement. I tell all my friends they need to blog – it boosts my confidence, makes me feel like I make a difference and I love making virtual friends all across the globe (like you)!
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    • April 15, 2012 Alison

      She absolutely is! And I’m glad I met you too, Lauren 🙂

  • April 15, 2012 Alexandra

    A treasure, forever.

    How absolutely wonderful.

    A, you have blessed so many people with your support and the way you expect nothing in return.

    You are genuinely a gift to all of us on the internet, and I’m happy to know you.
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    • April 15, 2012 Alison

      You are a gift to me, Alexandra. Thank you for your love and friendship.

  • April 16, 2012 Robin

    So awesome. She’s incredible, isn’t she?
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    • April 16, 2012 Alison

      She is, absolutely.

  • April 17, 2012 Leighann

    That is gorgeous!! So thoughtful!
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