XOXO quilt top

I give you an “X” and I give you an “O”, I give you XOXO! Hugs and kisses to you all!

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After several layout sessions and reading your comments on the last XOXO WIP post, I finally set on this layout last week-end and I do believe it now works. Phew! It was certainly a challenge to mix all the random pinks together.

IMG_9261I would like to give you a little bit of background regarding this quilt design and ideas.

The fact that the fabric wasn’t selected by a particular harmonious design was done in purpose: A) lower my pink fabric in my stash, but more importantly B) I wanted to dedicate this quilt to all the anonymous people who have had an impact in my life, that had (by a big or small gesture) improved my life in a way. I feel sometimes that I have a lucky star above my head who is looking after me as I come across incredible generous people. Let me give you some examples:

-I travelled with my sister and brother in Estonia for 3 weeks. I am the eldest one so kind of in charge of them two (they were both minor at that time). We were camping and hitch-hiking from city to city. One evening, we arrived in one village and couldn’t find a safe place to put the tent up. We asked around if we could put our tent in someone’s garden. After several refusals, a couple opened their door and said: “of course, my house is your house”! Who say that to stranger, seriously? They told us we could use their garden for the tent and use their “guest sauna”. What? We were to shy to use it but still, what an incredible gesture.

-When my granddad passed away, I was waiting my then boyfriend at a train station. He called saying he missed the train and wouldn’t be able to make it. I start crying, just there, on my train station’s seat. Someone was sitting next to me and start talking to me. I would just move on normal circumstances but I was sad and wanted to talk to someone. I don’t even remember if this person was a woman or a man, I just remember that they spend 5-10 mins of their time talking to me to cheer me up.

-I travelled to Malaysia for few days on my own. I had two contacts from friends of friends of…. I didn’t know those two girls but they stayed with me the all time, being so kind and proud to show me their city around. I never thanks them enough for their beautiful open heart.

-I came to NZ 5 years ago during Christmas holidays. As I had a very tight budget, I was planning on using “couchsurfing” for the nights and hitch-hiking to travel from city to city. I explained my plan to the first person I stayed with and he told me: “Take this telephone. Every time you enter a car, text me the registration number.” What? What a great idea, how nice is this? Worrying for a stranger that you never met before.

-I recently moved to NZ with my husband. Someone following me on IG for a long time and knowing I liked to sew sent me a message. She said: “I know you moved recently, you mustn’t have a lot of fabric. Give me your address and I will send you some scraps”. It seriously made my day. Someone who realised that moving country isn’t easy and fabric wasn’t the priority at that time. How did she come up with this very thoughtful idea?

I have so many other examples across the years and I’m feeling very lucky and looked after. I sometimes think that I am not capable of being as generous as all these people have been to me. I mean, what would you do if someone start crying next to you on a train station? What would you do if someone ring your door bell asking to put a tent in your garden? What would you do if friends of friends are coming to your city for few days? What would you do if someone is moving across the globe?

I personally don’t know what I would do but surely not enough and not as much as all these people.

With this quilt I wanted to express how grateful I am towards all these amazing people (hugs and kisses), how amazed I am with their genuine open hearts. I’m really looking after them as an example for becoming a better person. I know there are horrible things happening in the world but I do strongly believe in the human race.

I hope I haven’t jinxed myself telling you all these :-)

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13 thoughts on “XOXO quilt top

  1. This is a beautiful quilt top. I like that there isn’t an even mix of pink and red.

    This is a block that I’d like to explore for a wedding quilt for a couple of friends.

  2. Lea says:

    I loved reading your stories about all these caring and kind people you got to meet in your travels. There is so much to be said for the kindness of strangers. Your XOXO quilt is beautiful.

  3. Such a pretty quilt, Alice. Thank you so much for sharing your stories. Very touching! I do believe that God works through each of us to show His love and care for each other. Loved reading about your experiences!

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