Tuesday, April 16, 2013

A beautiful Springtime quilt

 

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.

Springtime small

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?

Each of us designers – Vicki, Dawn, Jenny, Cheryl (no blog but as nutty as ever!), Joy, Fee, Judith and young guest designer, Blossom, were given a Block of the Month pattern-pack by Fresh Hope

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.

Springtime - D Schefe - comp 1

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. 

Gum Tree label[5]

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. 

Springtime - D Schefe - comp 2

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.

Debra is an avid quilter and also a fellow collector of vintage toy sewing machines!  She has a vibrant, friendly disposition and is always sharing her joys and her creations on her blogSmile

If you would like your own copy of the Springtime BOM, or would like to browse the full range of patterns offered by Fresh Hope, head on over here.

Fresh hope bird 4[6]

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!

Vikki xo

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 Smile

 

6 comments:

John'aLee said...

So glad there are people like you gals in the world! You make it a sweeter place to live in.

Sue Niven said...

Fantastic stuff Vikki! Anything done for charity and others is always worth while, Love what you did, You Go Girl! Girl Power! Thanks for sharing.

retdairyqueen said...

Debra has made a lovely version of the pattern from you lovely designers Well done to you all

margaret said...

such a lovely blog to read, the quilt is amazing and so is the one for the charity helping the drug dependancy gtrls.

Outback Crafter - Debra said...

Oh Vikki
that is the most beautiful blog post.
All you Gumnutters should be proud. Your quilt design will bring to to people for a very long time.
Thank you for your lovely description of my quilt (and me).

I hope a few more people fall in love with the quilt and head off to purchase patterns too.
Debra

a ji o ji suno ji said...

Maybe I need to create The Judgey Jar. What an experiment that would be.
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