|A Namaste Hug made by me|
Helen of Midget Gem Quilts and I have coined that acronym in this social media world that loves acronyms. Feel free to use it!
So grab a java, (or maybe a second glass of wine at this time of night that I am posting), perhaps a Kleenex, get comfy and read on. Wee-ooh, wee-ooh, of the Twilight Zone variety combines with poignancy of The Walton Family variety, and you get this...
I found out that Gillian, a very dear friend and former yoga teacher of mine, had breast cancer near the end of April. I knew I wanted to send her a quilt, something to bring comfort, sewn with positive healing vibes so she would know I am thinking of her, even though we are now 2000 miles apart. As quilts are wont to do, it percolated on the back burner of my mind.
Fast forward to June 24. When I saw Helen's Big Heart, Big Family quilt that she had made for her cousin, also in need of a quilty hug, I just knew that was 'it'.
|Big Heart Big Family made by Helen|
I asked Helen if she'd mind if I copied her quilt for my friend. Helen immediately said go for it. So I did, getting it done quite quickly, so my husband could take it with him when he went back to Alberta to visit our daughter and grandson. I added in aquas, Gillian's favourite colour, along with her other favourites, these rich tropical colours. I also slightly changed the layout of Helen's heart without having seen the two quilts that were her source for inspiration. I hadn't seen them until today when I wrote this post and wanted to give credit to the blogs Helen mentioned. Here is my post on the finish, dated July 23. 4 weeks plus a day from Helen's post.
One week ago today I received a lovely email from Lynn of My Purple Patch in Australia. She loved my quilt, and wondered if I'd mind if she copied it for a raffle quilt she wanted to make. My quilt. So I told her I had got the inspiration from Helen, and sent her a link to Helen's quilt. I said no prob on my end, go for it, and that I was sure Helen would be "dead chuffed" (an English expression) that Lynn was going to make one too.
Helen was dead chuffed. She mused that are there really any original designs? Everything starts with inspiration from somewhere; she'd got her inspiration for this quilt off the 'net somewhere...
August 20, exactly 4 weeks from the date I posted my heart quilt: Lynn made hers in record time, even faster than I did mine. It is going to be raffled off to raise funds for a cause called Villages of Life, where the proceeds of a fancy ball and a silent auction are going to an orphanage in Burundi.
|Heart for Burundi made by Lynn|
Back to Helen. I sent her the link to Lynn's blog so she could read about the quilt and see the photos of another rendition of her quilt pattern. Her quilt.
Helen then told me she'd got the idea for her quilt from two places, Just Jude (look at her header; she also has a tutorial for this mini) and also on Sew Me, where there is a heart quilt baby rendition, as well as two throws. I guarantee you will need the Kleenex reading about Sarah's memory quilts. Helen's quilt finished around 60" square, mine 50X54".
|Eeeep! My first collage in picmonkey! Now I can jazz up my blog header!|
I just love the sharing that goes on in QBL. As long as you aren't going to pass off someone else's idea as your own, and make money at it, the vast majority of quilters are of the mindset of this heart quilt group of 5, who each said, "Sure go for it!" And each of us did, putting our own spin on the quilt, whether that meant enlarging, changing the colours, or the background a bit, or a lot in my case, as I eliminated nearly all of the squares. Both Sarah and Jude have given me permission to post a photo of their quilts.
To come full circle: I want to make a quilt to keep for myself that is the same as the one I made for Gillian. However, I have been toying with the idea of making a mini, maybe 2" finished squares? This was before Helen's email the other day telling me where she got the inspiration for her quilt! Jude's is a mini! One of Sarah's is a baby quilt! These, along with Sarah's Memory Quilts, were the inspiration for Helen's. Great minds, right?!
How I love this story. :-) Linking up with Pet Project Show at Pink Doxies.