Kathryn titled Poet's quilt "Grey Teal" after the bird and the prominent colour combination. She sent it to us just before Christmas, wrapped in brown paper and tied with string, and I kept it that way till Christmas morning. I opened it with care and devoured each and every patch, admiring the careful piecing together of colours, patterns and textures.
The best part about opening the quilt was realising that one of the vintage fabrics chosen by Kathryn (the one with the girl and the cat in that last photo) is featured on a vintage doona cover that Daniel's sister used to have on her single bed. She's all grown up now so it's been passed onto Poet. It's serendipitous matchy-matchy and I love it.
This quilt will stay with Poet forever. Right now she likes to chew the edges (consider it a compliment Kathryn!) but I hope that one day, when she's older, she'll trace the patterns with her fingers and cuddle up in its softness.