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Quilting Collaborations - Episode 3 0

Happy Tuesday, all! Today I want to share a blast from the past quilting collaboration starring yours truly as a 10 year old!

The collaboration was part of a Girl Scouts project with my troop. I can’t remember the exact intention, but I know that we were all tasked with making a square for a baby quilt. My best guess is that the quilt was to be donated to a baby in need, given the general spirit of the Girl Scouts.

The project was my first experience with quilting, and I had completely forgotten about it until recently when another former member of our troop posted the picture of all of us with our finished product online.

I don’t know which square was mine, but I do remember that we all used a mixture of embroidery, fabric markers, fabric paint, and imagination to make the beauty pictured below.

Look at all of us! We were so proud! Any guesses about which beaming 10 year old is me?

Ok, I won’t keep you guessing for long. That wouldn’t be fair! I’m the one in the middle behind the quilt with the short hair. The hair style was short to match my mom, because she was (and still is!) my idol.

If collaborative quilting made 10-year-old me smile that big, I should probably give it another try soon, don’t you think?! If you have a collaboration project you'd like to share with us - enter it into our "WHY I Sew" Contest! Click this LINK, we hope to hear from you soon.

Quilting Collaboration - Episode 2 0

Welcome back for my second feature in the collaboration series! As I mentioned last week, collaborative quilting has been really on my mind recently! It seems like everywhere I turn, there is someone working on a collaboration or telling me a story, like the one I will share with you today.

This story was told to me recently by a woman who had recently been on vacation in Hawaii. The home she stayed in while she was there had a quilt in it which she admired, so she asked the owner of the home about it.

It was made up of many squares, each with their own flair, making the quilt visually interesting and, as the woman tells it, quite eye catching.

As the story goes, the quilt was made by the owner of the home, who lives in Hawaii, and her friend from the mainland. As with the angel quilt from last week’s feature, the two women never sat in the same room to make the quilt. They also never formally discussed the design or colors, simply deciding to make something together, come what may.

Each woman worked on the quilt, making a square or a row at a time. Then they sent it back across the Pacific to the other for continued creation.

From what I understand of the story, the quilt traversed the seas at least 10 times - quite possibly making it the most expensive quilt ever made after all that postage! - over the course of a few years before it was declared finished.

This story of connection and quilting across the ocean really touched me. The idea of being able to create together despite thousands of miles of separation is inspiring and indicative of a really special bond between the two women who created that quilt.

I never did see a picture of it because the woman who told me the story did not have one to share. But my mind’s eye has created a beautiful image of what the quilt could have looked like. I wonder if you’re seeing something similar when you imagine it? If you have a collaboration project you'd like to share with us - enter it into our "WHY I Sew" Contest! Click this LINK, we hope to hear from you soon.

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