At that time, I had NO idea what to do with it...and told her so...but she insisted on cleaning out her stash...and I was the recipient.
I think that bag of material was what made me attend my first Quilt Guild meeting (Peninsula Piecemakers) several years later. I really enjoyed the meetings but they helped me to realize that I didn't want to make bed quilts.
So, I never did anything with those fabric strips except carry them with me when we moved to Florida and then here to Colombia...and pull them out to admire every now and then. Thankfully, I kept them together.
Well, as you all probably know, I don't love making traditional quilts but got involved with a really loving, wonderful group who does. I was so fortunate to find my Colombian quilt group shortly after moving here and in the year that it took me to unpack and organize my play room, I came across that bag of log cabin strips and decided to donate it to our group.
They had talked about a raffle quilt or a lottery of some sort...and I suggested that this be the fabric for it. Good quality fabric comes at a premium price in Colombia and they each have a heart the size of Texas...so they were all for making this a group project.
The six of us (we're a small group) worked on it at our weekly meetings...with me doing the minimum...(most everything I did had to be taken out) and they loved planning the placement, cutting the strips to the correct length, and putting it together. A couple of the ladies did quite a bit at home with the construction just because it was easier.
Well, the piecing turned out GORGEOUS and was made to fit a king size bed. It was then sent to Bogota where some of the group know of a man who does the quilting. His prices are very reasonable apparently and include the batting and backing. It came back a couple weeks ago and these are the pictures of what it looks like.
It is gloriously beautiful. And...it's on
The girls decided that I should have it, gifted it to me last Wednesday - and told me that it would always be a remembrance of them and of the friend who gave me the fabric in the first place.
I sobbed big, sloppy tears alllllllll over it.
Thanks SO very MUCH to Bertha, Carmen, Margie, Momy and Vivian. You are treasures.
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