The Spirit of Quilting

Once upon a time there was a lovely NOTYQ member who was given a car load of fabric samples by a local curtain shop. As she was so lovely she bought them down to a guild meeting to share. I was amongst many members choosing the various fabrics in a polite fashion..rewind..they were so nice it was like a garage sale at 7.30 am on a saturday morning. I don’t need to say more.

I arrived home with a beautiful selection of textures and colours and no ideas as to what to do with it, so it got folded nicely and put on a shelf.

That is until yesterday, when I was in desperate need of a sign for for stand at the North of the Yarra Quilters Guild bi-anual quilt show coming up this weekend.

So here we have the starting point, fabric given freely by one quilter to another.

I was getting busier and busier with stuff to get ready for the show so my friend Maria came round to help me…step two, time given to another at the drop of a hat.

Here is a picture of her I took some time ago when she was using my longarm quilting machine to quilt on the community quilts.

So then came the fun bit, cutting, fusing, creating and stitching, all mixed up with endless chat and cups of tea.  I think this counts as step three…companionship and creativity.

and the letters emerge for the sign.

Progress so far for the sign is the gathering of the letters and almost all of the stitching.  I think I might need to make another G.

Special thanks go the many lovely quilters who contributed to this along the way.

Tonight the letters will become a sign.

I hope to see many of you at the North of the Yarra Quilters Guild Show in Eltham on the 8th and 9th of October.  Check us out at the  Guild website .  There is going to be so much eye candy from all the talented ladies.

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