Thursday, July 22, 2010

My Quilt History- Part 11- All you need is love

I made this quilt for our good friend Graeme, aka Bagsy. When I was making Phil's quilt I ordered extra fabric thinking that I'd make a second quilt for Bagsy, who is the biggest Beatles fan ever! As is the way with quilting, I got sidetracked by another project or two and this fabric got put back in its box on the shelf. One day out of the blue, we had a phone call from Bagsy who told us this awful story about how a small routine operation has gone hideously wrong and turned into a months stay in hospital and he was facing a long recovery time at home. We hadn't heard because we now live interstate and get left out of the loop sometimes. It was quite a shock!!

I had the fabric out as quick as a flash and had this whipped up in a weekend. Isn't the best thing about being a quilter being able to make something for someone that shows how much you care?! The black really sets the colours off and make it look like a big licorice allsort lolly. It was the first quilt I thought to mix fabrics in the binding. Just little splashes of colour here and there. I knew sending it away to be professionally quilted could take a month so I machine quilted it in big angular lines myself and hand quilted the panels around the pictures. I was still using my lovely old Betty Bernina who was stuck in her ways and didn't know how to free motion quilt.

Graeme has a lovely girlfriend who used to be an international ballerina so I put this little heart
on the back so she would be close to his heart, (I'm such a soppy romantic!), and to illistrate that he'd be up dancing soon.

All up it took two weeks to make and get in the mail. In the message accompanying the quilt I said I'd read that sleeping under a handmade quilt when your unwell helps you mend twice as fast.

I'm glad to say the quilt worked it's magic and he recovered quickly.

We love you Bagsy!!


1 comment:

Pat said...

Your work is most beautiful my dear friend. Thank youfor sharing. Hi! From U.S.A.
Happy Quilting!


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