Some of you may have noticed that I have been a little quiet on Social media lately,
well there are 2 reasons for that...
first reason I had a a very special quilt that I was asked to help with the making of it for a very special lady and second I was going away for a 4 day retreat that I had to get ready for...but that is for a later blog entry..
Here is a little history about how and why we ended up making this wonderful gift for Sarah.
A couple years back the Crafty Gemini put up a notice, that she
was starting up a Online Quilt Club.
When I first seen it I sort of skimmed over it, but then I thought it would be a great way
to meet like minded people from all over world.
Even better Vanessa Vargas Wilson (aka Crafty Gemini)
was offering an Early Bird special.
So I thought why the heck not join....Really I had nothing to loose.
Little did I know that was going to be one of the best decisions I have
ever made about something online...
Not only did we get awesome Crafty Gemini Content
as I expected nothing less, but I started to meet some of
the amazingly talented women,
but they were so Kind and generous with
their time and comments, in the Facebook Group,
During Live Studio Cams some of the ladies were just a hoot and the
conversation flowed very easy,
it was like we had all known each other for years...
and Vanessa was responsible for all of us finding each other....
Over the next 2 yrs a lot of the ladies have met each other in person at retreats and
but for us here Australia we had to watch from afar, but not once did I feel
left out...They have included me into their lives and into their adventures along the
way...Kimberly and her Best friend Tracey were on a mission to Do a Row By Row quilt
the photographed their journey and shared it with us...and on most days it felt like I was right there with them, we also had swaps going and I was lucky enough to get to know my swap partners along the way from all over the world it was so much fun,
And Sarah has always been there Cheering Everyone on...Never leaving anyone out
not once, She has been there in During Celebrations, births, deaths and so much more
Just to remind us, not matter what is happening she has our backs
and sending us love no matter where we are in this big wide world.....
but sadly the day came that we knew would happen one day, As we had been watching Vanessa and her family business grow,
I think some of us just knew this day was closer than
expected...while others of us were shocked and a little upset, for the most part we were all very excited for her to be moving onto the next venture, and that was the Video Bag of the Month Club (which I joined too) twice and now the Wallet of the Month Club
you can find the link and info Here
The one thing that concerned us all and was a common question
What about the Group????
Will it stay????
are we going to loose contact with everyone???
and there were many more...
The answer in Short was NO!!!
Lucky for us Vanessa could see the wonderful
community that we have all built together
whew!!!! thank goodness for that
So moving forward to this year,
it took a little while for the shock to ware off
and the group just didn't seem as active, although there was still people sharing
but it was lacking there for sometime...I just think a lot of us were a little lost.....
then something amazing happened,
we started to interact again, some more than others
and a couple just fell way altogether, we wanted to share again, to feel that connection....
but not Sarah she was there
still commentating and trying to encourage us all to be active
assuring us we were on a good thing with this group
of amazing people...
Sarah and Andra (BFF's) were not going to let that happened,
so they had been talking to each other and coming up with some
great ways to get the group moving again....
we have now started Show'n'Tell Mondays
and I can tell you this goes off...and we have a lot of fun with it
Show'n'Tell is where we have a topic and we share what we think
or tell what we are up to,
and I have been lucky enough to be the one to post first as I
am at Monday before our USA friends, I started with just
putting a few words, then I decied to do Videos instead
and they have been a hit, and then others started to
comment more and then some were starting to put pics
and some have even done a few videos too,
Our little community started to come alive once again YaY
all the while Sarah's life was changing, her little family decided that it
was time for them to move from their long term family home in California to Virginia to be closer to their daughter ......we were all there cheering her on,
as she has been our biggest cheerleader for most of us if not all us, over the last 2.5yrs...
we watch as she packed up her life as she knew it...and as move to the other side
of her country....
so the move was done and we were now sharing with Sarah her settling into her new home...
then the day came, Laura sent a message to Myself and Andra asking if we would
be able to help make a Quilt for Sarah as a Housewarming gift.
And if we thought it was a good idea...
we well I can assure you, we didn't have to think about it too long....
We were very excited about this and said yes we would help..
But How....How would we do this, so she would not find out
so after some thought we decided on being really sneaky and creating a Secret Group on Facebook so Sarah would not find out.
we started to add people people that we had on our friends lists and adding a few more to our personal timelines so we could add them to the group...
and everyone had a choice to say Yes or No as it was totally voluntary, as it summer break we knew that not all would be able to participate, but everyone had a choice ...
the window for sign up was open for a week...once the time frame lapsed we took out the
people that couldn't be a part of it for what ever reason.....
then we come the instructions on the block size also the how and what were we going to do and we justran from there....
Everyone got to make what ever block they wanted :) :)
Blocks were 9" finished...but above all have fun
while making your block...we are looking for blocks made
with love and we are not looking for perfection....
Love and Fun what better ingredients are there in a Quilt
so Slowly the blocks started to come in from all around the world.
We ended up have 57 of us participating,
and as all of had got to know Sarah pretty well over the last couple years..... we knew what she liked.
After all the blocks arrived we worked out the quilt
was going to be a huge 96 x 106 inches. WOW was the first thing that came to mind
but Fitting for someone that has been such a big part of our Online lives.
Just some of the Blocks from the Quilt
we also had to find out favorite colour and what sort of quilting she might
like as we wanted to love her Quilt and use it...to feel the love from
each and everyone of us.... So I started putting up sneaky Polls on the Crafty Gemini Quilt club group to get the answers...Yes I know Sneaky Sneaky, but hey a Quilty Girls gotta
do what she has to do to get the Job right ....
All the blocks were in and it was time to start to put the quilt together,
so slowly each night for 2 weeks I worked on the quilt until
it was time to load into the machine and start quilting,
some of the row being pieced...
I found the perfect backing and binding to go with the Quilt
there was lot of discussion in the group about what were doing...I was posting
each and every step so everyone could be a part of the process,
patterns were picked and cotton was selected and the Sampler Quilt
started to take shape...we were all getting very excited, Some of us
were extremely excited, I loved the feeling that this group
was putting out there....
The tape measures for the backing and the cross stitch for Binding :)
The Rows were finally done and it was time to load up the quilt ready for Quilting
we had picked the pattern and the cotton we were going to use...
and I must say both were very fitting for the Quilt...as you can see there was many, many colours in this Quilt...So a variegated Thread was in order...I decided on a pastel colour thread as I didn't want to take away from the blocks in the quilt....
This is the pattern and thread we used for the Quilt
then came the day, It was time pack the Quilt up for shipping, so I packaged the quilt up
and sent it Directly to Sarah and we also got express post so she would
get it in 4 days from Australia instead of 14 days...can you tell we were very excited
lol...Honestly we were like kids in a candy store LOL...
we even had a label for the quilt :)
We had decided that we wanted Sarah to record herself opening up the quilt, so I made a lace
embroidered Envelope that had OPEN FIRST on it (see pictures below)....and I stuck that to the top of the parcel....
So off the Quilt went and we all sat on the edge of our seats staring at our Devices/laptops
waiting and waiting, then the unthinkable happened, they tried to deliver
the parcel and Sarah was not home
as this was a surprise we couldn't exactly say you need to stay home and wait...so now we had to wait for Sarah to organised another delivery time or go and pick up the parcel herself...I can tell you it I could here the collective Sigh from here...and the group almost went into melt down with GIF's and Comments LOL....
you will have to take my word for it....it was so funny to read all the
more than once we felt like this LOL
so after days and hours and seconds of waiting we had to wait some
more...well I can tell you Sarah took her time LOL...in the end I got Andra to say that it was the candy that I was sending to her so she really needed to go and pick it up...we were all dying a little on the inside waiting LOL...So what was supposed to be 4 days turned into 7 days LOL...and I was away when the day finally come and she posted up the Video of her opening it....( I won't be sharing the Video here as it is private) but I can tell you Sarah was blown away to say the least and very much rendered speechless...as you can see from this screen shot from the recording :)
this picture sums it up really :)
We have since added Sarah to the Secret Group so she could read all about the
history of her quilt.....it took a couple days to hear from Sarah as she took it all in...
Sarah has since put up an Thank you to all of us...But my thoughts are No Thanks is Necessary as it was an Honor and a privilege to be a part of something so wonderful
for such a genuine loving person...
So why am I Blogging about this...
well the answer is simple....
The world has not been a nice place of lately, and I wanted to share this
with you all...so if you are feeling like love is Dying
then you can rest assure that it is not....
I have found my Tribe and we are hell bent on
making the world a better place, with one small gesture at
a time ")
So if you ever get asked to help with making a Quilt for someone
in a pay it forward kind of way or maybe you want to start your own group and make quilts for the someone special...or maybe do some charity work of any kind....Then Do it...even if you are just
making a Block, or even donating your time...or just having a coffee with that someone special.....
it is a wonderful way to share our skills and help others
and you just don't know how you are going to impact someones life
it could just be what they needed...
And For Sarah it has been a life changing event
for her...as she is always the one to be there for others...and 57 of us Turned the tables
on her....We love you Sarah and we all hope you get many many years of Enjoyment
from your quilt :) :)
Till Next Time
Happy Quilting N ")