Friday, September 26, 2014

Sit and Sew

This afternoon some of us sewing girls gathered at the Gisborne patchnquilt shop, kindly organised by Donna....I had planned to reveal secret sewing tomorrow but as there were several of us together we went with today when Tania called in after a Dr appt.  I had asked 15 people to make a 14 inch star square, plain in the centre so they could stitch in their name, and in a fabric Tania would recognise as them.
So with in 10 days I had 14 blocks and off we went.  The lovely Tracee came over (secretly) on a Friday afternoon and squared up all the blocks, then we crawled around on the floor for the best part of an hour arranging the blocks in the 'best' way....that is always hard isn't it, deciding where to put things!!
 I then started sewing blocks together and then attached them to the backing and wadding in a quilt as you go method,  then had a play with some free range quilting (secretly) .........Marg popped in to see how I was going as I was finishing the quilting and very kindly cut and attached the binding (secretly).
 I took it to sewing group on Wednesday evening and Donna and I (secretly) did the hand sewing on the binding and then Donna sewed on the label. Tracee emailed me the words for the label, and they are beautiful!!  Tania has some health issues so we thought we could all go with her when she has appointments! I thought I had left my camera at home today (I think it was my brain!!) so Marina kindly took photos and I have pinched some from her blog tonight!  So here we go.....
taking the quilt out of the bag....

one happy Tania......

label on the back....Tracee's beautiful words....

this was the second photo Marina took...I have managed to get them out of order....Tania trying to take it all  in....

she is a bit over whelmed and speechless!!
..this is an amazing machine embroidery made for Marina by a friend, Marina has added the stitching...you can seethe reference to this and her cat Maisie here, isn't it cute!!!

Marg busy stitching names on her last Underground Railroad Sampler block  (that is exciting!!)

Donna stitching away..Marina concentrating on....

what Pauline was saying!

I would like to say a huge thank you to all the wonderful ladies who made a block for Tania's quilt, Pauline, Anette, Jenny (NZ), Marina (Gisborne) Carol, Anne, Annie, Robyn, MarinaTraceeMargDonnaShezChez and of course the lovely Elyte. Thank you for responding positively to my ASAP PLEASE!!!! Makes you realise (yet again) what  wonderful people there are in the quilting world.

I have to say a big thank you to Marg today too...she gave me a beautiful wall hanging...
my very own Chow Chow!!!! I love it Marg, thank you very much!!
Happy sewing!





11 comments:

Elyte said...

Congratulations Sue and helpers, you put that quilt together in record time. It looks wonderful and it has a very important job to do. Tania looks overwhelmed. I hope that quilt gives her much comfort and warmth. Thank you for the invitation to join in.

Michelle Ridgway said...

You are all wonderful and what a gorgeous special gift you have made for a special ial lady. It warmed my heart to read about your love and kindness xx How cool to have the Supervisor in fabric!

shez said...

Oh Sue it turned out wonderful and love how special this will be for Tania,what a wonderful idea of yours you are a wonderful friend and also to all the other ladies that have given a helpful hand,what a wonderful friendship group we are in.I also love the words that Tracee came up with,a special quilt for a special lady.xx

Helen said...

The quilt looks beautiful, what a lovely gift for a wonderful friend !!!

debbie said...

That is such a beautiful story ...the pictures don't really even need explaining. Here I am all misty eyed now. xx debbie

Christine M said...

What a lovely quilt for a lovely lady. You have all done such a wonderful job on Tania's quilt.

willsquiltn sew said...

Bit of an emotional roller coaster for us all!

Jo said...

You are all so very kind. That is so lovely. Tania will treasure it.

Fiona said...

Just wonderful... well done all of you... and best wishes to Tania...
Hugz

Farm Gate Creations said...

Sorry that I missed the unveiling....but I was there in spirit.....I'm so glad that she liked it. Such a lovely post Sue....well done and I just love the Chow in fabric....Clever Marg

Chookyblue...... said...

that is just so special.........wonderful..........