Thursday, 3 December 2015

My Nose Only Grew A Little...

I told a lie of omission today.
What else could I do?
We wanted to surprise our friend, Carol, with a special quilt. I didn't want to spill the beans, so had to be a wee bit devious. (You try getting everyone in the same room without being devious!)

Carol joined me for lunch today - a day on which our quilting friends planned to meet and sew (muahaha - perfect!).
After lunch, I told Carol that I needed to drop off a quilt for someone at the meeting. Would she like to come in and say "hi" to everyone?
Carol has been sick so I wasn't sure she'd be up for it, but she was!

Little did she know, the quilt I was "dropping off" was for her!

Many hugs, smiles, and tears later, Carol posed for a photo with her new quilt.

Carol with her quilt of love
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Every block was made with love, and we hope she feels our hugs whenever she snuggles with it.

The Quilt Story
Friends contributed blocks, and then we had a work bee, adding the green frames and piecing the top, back, and binding.

Work bee, in progress
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With everything ready to go, it was time to choose a panto that wouldn't compete with the hearts.

A couple of quilting possibilities...
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I selected Drunken Feathers for its scale, density, and curvaceous nature.
It's one of my favourite pantos because it adds texture without becoming a distraction.

Rolling the finished quilt off the frame
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Here's the quilt, fresh off the frame!

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Beautiful blocks overflowed onto the back, as well!

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It went off to Shonna for binding, and then came back to me for its final wash.
I fluffed it in the dryer until it was damp, and then laid it flat to finish drying.
The light was just right to catch its crinkly goodness, so I couldn't resist taking one last photo!

Freshly washed and dried
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Here's what my block looked like before quilting.
(To see my post on doodle quilting, click here)

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And, here it is in the quilt.

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Carol has a soft spot for chickens, so Liz added a couple to her block, just for fun!

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Sarah made her block (below) while on holiday in Scotland. She sent it home with my Mom, a fellow traveler, so it would be here in time for our project. Now, that is a good friend!

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There are many little treats in store for Carol when she starts exploring her quilt.

For example, she'll find delightful, needle felted centers in Shonna's flowers . . .

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. . . and hearts, on hearts, on hearts dancing across my Mom's fun block!

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Each block has a signature to look for as well. Some are clearly visible, and some are trickier to discover!
(Good luck with that, Carol! Ha!)

One of the special things about a quilt like this is how well the blocks work together. If even one were missing, it just wouldn't be as perfect.

Well done, quilting friends. Well done.

Linking up with:
Needle and Thread Thursday, at My quilt Infatuation


Try, Learn, & Grow!
Carole
P.S. I am on Instagram under my blog name, FreshofftheFrame

12 comments:

  1. What a spectacular quilt, love it! Your friend is lucky to have such wonderful people care about her. Beautiful!

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  2. Carole, you and your group did a fabulous job on creating such a heart warming quilt for a special person. Well done everyone! I hope Carol returns to good health soon.
    {{{hugs}}}

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  3. What a special quilt for Carol. I sure hope it brings her love and infuses her with energy.

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  4. I love it! What a fantastic job you all did, and you KNOW Carol will cherish it forever!! What fun she'll have exploring all of its surprises :-) I think you chose the perfect panto for it. I'm not always the biggest fan of pantos because, well, they are so panto-y, but this one totally complements the quilt
    I would have been able to pick out your block (at least I think I would have - I didn't try to first...) which makes me happy for some silly reason. Or - maybe it was that the block reminded me of your giraffe, and THAT made me happy - not the fact that I could've identified your block... who knows ;-)
    Sounds like you are 100% back to yourself ~ that makes me happy too!

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  5. My heart is warm and happy all over, after reading your post Carole! It's a beautiful thing that you and your friends did! a beautiful quilt too!

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    1. I totally agree! Love each and every heart. THANKS for sharing with us.

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  6. Lovely story. Thanks for sharing this beautiful quilt with us.

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  7. What a really special quilt, I'm sure it will fill her with warmth right from the inside.

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  8. I'm sure she forgave your deviousness. Her smile says it all. It truly is a beautiful quilt full of love.

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  9. What a lovely gesture to make for a special friend. Hope she feels well soon.

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  10. Oh, Carole, this quilt is absolutely gorgeous and based on Carol's smile, I think all is forgiven! ;) With all of the love and the special bits people have sewn in, it is sure to provide comfort and healing!

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  11. A beautiful story and a magnificent quilt but nothing beats the smile on Carol's face.

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