A most amazing package arrived at my post box yesterday. It included a collection of cards/letters and a beautifully wrapped gift. I knew it was something really special so sat down (with a box of tissues) to read all the beautiful notes. I generally don’t share much personal information here – it is usually all about making. baking, and creating 🙂 When some of my instagram friends heard that I was diagnosed with breast cancer in April, they collaborated to create me an amazing quilt. Reading all their cards and messages of support was so uplifting. This quilting community is so amazing and supportive! I feel really blessed and lucky to have made such wonderful friends. I am doing really well and making a good recovery. I am back at work and slowly building up my energy. I hope to have more energy for sewing soon. Meanwhile I can admire my beautiful quilt.
13 wonderful ladies worked together on this project. They shared their progress shots over on instagram under the hashtags #ssshquilt and #ssshsewing I had seen some of these images but had no idea the quilt was destined for me! I truly value the gift of handmade and can see the amazing work and love that has gone into each and every block. The quilt features all of my favourite things – pretty florals, polka dots, linen, sweet stitching, hexies, dresdens, tea, cotton reels, and more. It has my favourite Liberty prints, Atsuko Matsuyma fabrics, and Sevenberry florals. It has been exquisitely quilted, including some beautiful text around the outside border.
You can see the full quilt in the shot below.
Here is a close up of each block – simply breath taking –
I can’t thank the beautiful ladies who made this special quilt for me enough! They are all amazing and I will always treasure this wonderful quilt. It makes me feel so loved.
These 12 ladies all made two blocks each
Annabel from @belloquacity
Naglaa from @quiltymamaof4
Terri-Anne from @lizzierosesews
The wonderful quilting was done by
Special thanks to my two favourite Australian online stores – Alisha from Ministry of Fabric for donating the sweet floral fabrics used in the backing and cornerstones, and Martine from Ava and Neve for donating the linen.
Ali and Megan did an amazing job of organising the quilt. You can read more of the back story behind the quilt over on Ali’s blog – Wrapped in Love – Our Special Friendship Quilt.
The back of the quilt featured sweet embroidered labels from each of the ladies:
This is destined to be a treasured heirloom. Quilters really are the nicest people and so generous with their time and skills. I am so glad to be part of this lovely community.
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month so please make sure you have regular mammograms as early detection makes all the difference.