You might remember this quilt - the one I talked my friends into doing as a group project - the one I was so excited about until I was informed that this quilt was entirely paper-pieced!!! Ummm, my bad!
I politely excused myself from the project, because paper-piecing is strictly a left-brain activity, and I have no left brain. The Aussie stepped up and said she would take the fabric and the papers and she would make this quilt - all 102 blocks - but after paper-piecing 52 blocks the Aussie had had enough! She deposited the blocks and the remaining fabric and papers on my door step and wished me luck, saying she never wanted to see the quilt again!
I promised the Aussie I would have the top sewn together in a month...only because I was SO excited about her generous gift that I couldn't wait to get going on it - I might have been too quick on my promise...it took me over a year of sewing and UN-sewing before I could call this one good. I sewed each of the remaining 48 blocks at least twice...see the part about no left brain.
Then I had the crazy idea that I would hand-quilt this beauty so I got out my thimble and went about it...only to realize that at the rate I was going I would need to live to be 116 1/2 before I would ever get it finished! So back to the machine where I did a random stipple all over - one of my better decisions!
This quilt was not a labor of love - it was just labor - but I do love it - it's probably my very favorite quilt! I love that the Aussie made half the blocks, it will always remind me of her and her generous heart!! As the Aussie herself would say, "She's good value!" or "She's a good stick!" And she is, on both counts! Thank you Kareena, it really is the quilt love of my life!!
Now it's quilted and bound and ready to use...it's the perfect quilt for a picnic in the forest...I feel a Sasquatch hunt coming on!