Once upon a time, a gaggle of creative women came together to share their passion for sewing with like-minded ladies. During that special journey, they each designed a stitchery block for a very special quilt.
The Springtime quilt was made and donated to a charity in Queensland that runs a non-profit programme for the rehabilitation of mothers and their children who have become dependent on drug abuse. The charity is Fresh Hope. Such an inspiring and fitting name don’t you think?
Then, in 2011 came the devastating Queensland floods. With great tragedy comes great kindness, and in an attempt to raise money for those who had lost everything, Toni Coward of Make it Perfect had an ingenious idea and organised a huge on-line auction. Being the most valuable craft item I had at the time, I put my complete pattern-pack up on the site for prospective bidders. And that’s when I met the sweet, generous and gracious, Debra Schefe.
Here she is! Debra made the successful bid and set to work soon after on her stitchery blocks. How lovely it is to see her version in all its glory! As part of the auction I made a quilt label including a signed square of fabric by each of the designers.
It turned out as big as a block, itself! Debra changed the quilt pattern design in order to incorporate the label on the front, and I feel very humbled that she has done so.
What a wonderful rendition!
Thank you so much Debra, for sharing your photos with us! There is nothing more rewarding for a designer than to see your versions of our designs.
There you will also find the pattern for the Bird of Hope pincushion I designed for the charity. It has pieced wings and a pieced tummy so I guess you could describe it as very peaceful!
Until next time – whether it’s Spring or Autumn in your neck of the woods – enjoy!
PS. I’d also like to credit Vicki with the beautiful quilt design for the Springtime BOM. It’s still one of my all-time-favourite quilt layouts