|Tish's Oliver and my Bella|
Cementing our friendship was a love of FMQ, books, and both traditional and modern quilts. When she told me she had been asked to construct a quilt for the play, "Quilters", a play that I'd been to years ago with my mum and sister at our Fringe Theatre Festival, I knew this was a friendship that was more than a "surface" online connection. We shared so many loves.
|Heart pillow flimsy...plus pibble|
Out of a very disappointing incident at the end of last year came two happy occurrences for us at the beginning of this year. After the New Bloggers Hop was over, we were each given the opportunity to take part in a New Quilt Block hop sponsored by Fabri-Quilt. Both Tish and I jumped at the chance.
|3D Pinwheel Parade by Sandra and Watermelon Taffy by Tish|
I elected not to order a planner. Don't get me wrong; I thought it a great idea, I loved my teacher planner from my teaching days, and I lo-o-o-ve organization. I have a calendar on the laptop that is synced with my phone, a calendar in the kitchen where we write all our goings-on. I have pretty notepads where I make checklists of what I have to do on a given day or within a certain timeframe, as that keeps me (somewhat) focused and I get to check things off as I complete them. Love that! I'm also the nerdy type that hangs on to some of these former checklists and looks back with a sigh of contentment that I did get through all those things that may have seemed a bit daunting at the time. Life stuff and quilt stuff. However, I am no longer working full-time. In all honesty, I would rather spend the $35 on fabric and keep my current system.
The sad occurrence.
Tish ordered a planner. Why is that sad? Well, she got it in its lovely bubble-wrap packaging, opened it, and of course, flipped through to find her block. Nada. Okay, must've missed it. Went through slowly, week by week. Nope. No Watermelon Taffy. What the H? Obviously she was quite disappointed, as well as rather embarrassed since she'd proclaimed her publication on her blog and now.... Ouch. How to handle this? She talked to me and I encouraged her to contact Stephanie, asking what had happened. She thought about it; being the sweet person she is, she didn't want to appear whiny. Eventually she did write to Stephanie. Apparently there'd been a mix-up of some kind, and much apologizing on Stephanie's behalf ensued. And? Stephanie made it right. :-) She offered to refund Tish's money for the planner.
Tish elected not to have her money reimbursed, but wanted to send me a planner, because she knew what a nerd I am about being organized, and she knew I would love one. She asked Stephanie if Stephanie would send a planner to someone of Tish's choosing. Stephanie said no problem. Tish then asked me if she could send me a planner. I was gobsmacked, a British expression which I love: bowled over to the point where one's mouth drops open. Gobsmacked that someone who I have never met could be so kind and thoughtful. Could turn a disappointment for herself into an act of generosity to someone else. I still get a lump in my throat just writing that.
And so it was.
When we arrived in Florida, there was a lovely package waiting for me: my very own planner! I LOVE it. Sidenote: so does Bella if you look back at the first photo!
No more bits of pretty notepaper to look back on: I can easily look back at any given week and see what I had on my list and what I accomplished. There isn't a day goes by where I do not use or refer to it.
I knew immediately that I was going to make something for Tish to thank her. It took a little while for the idea to simmer, let the temperature rise a little more until, like taffy, it got to the "pulling" stage. ;-) Get it?
As I mentioned in this post, since I made Gillian's Namaste Hug heart lap quilt, I have wanted to remake it in miniature. I found out that Tish, like me, loves blue and pink combined, so this would be perfect. The heart symbol as well, yes!
|Final arrangement on the design wall|
|Block sections pieced (there might be a tutorial in the future)|
Quilting...I wanted a lace doily effect around the heart.
|I used white Isacord for the FMQ in the Kona Snow areas.|
|All finished quilting. Of course there are feathers. Corner hearts, matchstick quilting, and a rather cool, if I do say so myself, motif of my own design in the "v" of the heart.|
As I am wont to do, I threw the finished quilt, in this case, pillow, around our back yard... (not always a good idea as you are about to find out)
|The afternoon sun shows off the quilting so well!|
A closer look at that label:
and the photo I iMessaged to Tish that day:
And then panic ensued at my end...there was DIRT on the pillow! On the Kona Snow fabric of course! Nooooo. And on the back as well!!
Nothing to do but wash it. Carefully.
|Phew! It all came out. And crinkled up quite nicely.|
|Yep, no dirt. I have no ruler foot for my Bernina, so the lines were done with a walking foot in some places and FMQ in others.|
Pattern: original design
Size: 22.5" square
Fabric: scraps, stash and purchased Paradiso by Kate Spain for Moda Fabrics
Batting: Pellon Nature's Touch 100% cotton scraps
Quilted: on my Bernina
Threads: pieced with Gütermann, quilted with Isacord 100% polyester #0015 in 40 wt, Essential from Connecting Threads 100% cotton Magenta 50 wt, and Coats and Clark 100% cotton in blue variegated 40 wt.
Remember, the hop continues until Sunday! What hop you may ask? The Craftsy Sweetens Up My Quilting Life hop! Click the heart in my sidebar for the schedule, or here, if you missed some or all of the posts (no worries, we all take breaks from QBL, myself included). Any class reviewed by a blogger is on sale for 50% off or more (one of the two Angela Walters classes I reviewed is 56% off), through that blogger's site. Get the inside scoop on fabric purchases (some suh-WEET scores and tips), on tools for our trade, and on patterns, (ranging from free to $2-3, I kid you not).
HOWEVER I'm not done! There is the giveaway still going on until Sunday! Click here to enter. That's it. You could win a free class (TWO are being given away to 2 lucky people) or you could win THIS grand prize:
Crown Jewels quilt by Amy Gibson. AND Craftsy is also adding to that lovely prize with TWO sets of precuts above and beyond the kit requirements: Boundless Solids 10" squares and a 6" strip. Gobsmacked everyone?! I know I am!
One entry per person. The winners will be announced on Monday, Feb. 21 here at mmm! quilts and at Pink Doxies. What are you waiting for? You know you want this!
Linking up with Confessions of a Fabric Addict, Crazy Mom Quilts and TGIFF hosted this week by another of my QBL friends, Lisa of Sunlight in Winter Quilts.