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|
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|
With everything ready to go, it was time to choose a panto that wouldn't compete with the hearts.
|A couple of quilting possibilities...|
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|
Here's the quilt, fresh off the frame!
Beautiful blocks overflowed onto the back, as well!
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|
Here's what my block looked like before quilting.
(To see my post on doodle quilting, click here)
And, here it is in the quilt.
Carol has a soft spot for chickens, so Liz added a couple to her block, just for fun!
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!
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 . . .
. . . and hearts, on hearts, on hearts dancing across my Mom's fun block!
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.
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