Anybody who’s anybody in the medical blogosphere knows that Dr. Ramona Bates, besides being a plastic surgeon, is a master quilter of the first order. It’s also no secret that she’s a great person and supports so many bloggers with kind words and commentary. However, her kindness totally went to the next level when she offered to make my daughter a “crazy quilt” from leftover fabric that had fun animals, bright colors, etc. that would be great for kids to relate.
Here is the gallery where the quilt pictures are (plus some more from the same few days). I got an account on SmugMug a couple of months back because that’s where I really felt my “good” photos should live because I’d have control over the design, layout, etc. unlike Flickr. That said, I’m still moving stuff over slowly (read: barely) but feel free to bookmark the main gallery and check back as photos will be populating regularly.
Ramona sent a nice card with the package, but one thing that stuck out was that she wanted the quilt to actually be used, not (I assume) tacked on a wall–or worse yet, left in a drawer. To that end I made a small video of my daughter with the new quilt that very evening. It’s nothing fancy, the lighting was off (it was almost bedtime, so only indoor light) and I overlooked correcting for WB or gain in the camera, but that’s not the point–the point was to show Ramona that her gift was received with the same care and affection with which it was sent, used immediately and often, and treasured forever.