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Friday, October 28, 2016

At last I can tell you!!!

Ages ago I wrote a post about a secret project I was invited to take part in. The post included a photo that showed nothing really...

But I did include a photo of the thread I was using...lovely Cottage Garden Pansy...

I can now reveal that myself and a heap of other bloggers from both Australia and overseas were making blocks for a quilt to celebrate Sheryl Scholte's ( Shez) 60th birthday. Fiona from Bubz Rugz was the organiser and Fee chose the Polaroid Block for the design. ( Shez loves taking photos so this choice was very apt. ) 
Here's my block...the border around the 5 inch square is white...the greenish tinge is from the ruler the block is sitting on. 

All the blocks were posted to Fiona, who took on the huge task of joining all the blocks and then quilting it. Backing, sashing and wadding were donated by some lovely ladies in this group. Communication during the project was via a closed Facebook group...we were so sneaky! 

From Fiona, the quilt was passed on to Michelle Ridgeway who did the binding and then delivered the completed quilt to Shez in person. And that handover was today. We were able to watch via a live stream set up by Karen Saw...clever girl!!!
I've brazenly stolen photos from the Facebook site so you can see the quilt at the various stages...
Flimsy...

Pinned ready for quilting.

A closeup of the quilting...

Closeup of the binding...



The label made by Michelle...


Wrapped up...

Parcel disguised as some 'Show and Tell'...
Shez on the left, admiring her new quilt. Holding the quilt on the right is Michelle and Karen is just behind the quilt. 
It is an amazing quilt; each block is so unique and all were stitched with love for our special friend Shez! 

11 comments:

Nanna Chel said...

What a thought gift you all contributed to, Maria. I am sure it will be much loved by your friend Shez.

Kate said...

Wonderful keepsake for Shez - well done Ladies!

Lin said...

That's brilliant Maria - what a lovely gift. xx

Australian Gardening Granny said...

Dear Maria. This quilt is absolutely extraordinary and very beautiful. Extraordinary because of the organisation that went into it, and very beautiful because of the love that went into it.
And in the end - quite spectacular.

Well done to all the friends who made this very special quilt.
Jean

Cynthia said...

What a wonderful quilt! Your friend can see your love in every stitch and will think of you all every time she looks at it. I would cry if I received a gift like this!

I am said...

Hi Maria ,I am still blown away by this and my quilt is amazing ,I think I am still in shock ,I am so blessed with my awesome friends,thankyou Maria for your beautiful block it is so beautiful and so clever.xxxxx



Susan said...

It was a great project to be involved in. I did love your camersa block.

Jackie said...

How incredibly sweet of all of you. Beautiful work and a really well kept secret.

God bless.

margaret said...

she must have been over the moon and back what a wonderful quilt and everytime she looks at it she will spot something she did not see before, how wonderful to have all you friends that took part one very lucky lady

Nanette said...

Beautiful quilt and a loving gesture for Shez.

angela said...

Wow. You are a bunch of sneaky gals!
The secretary service have nothing on you lol
What a wonderful surprise.
Such a lucky lady.
Happy 60th birthday xx