You may have heard about a wonderful quilting collaboration - Sewing For Sydney - happening at the moment? The delightful Molli Sparkles came up with a wonderful idea - to make quilts for the families of the two people who were sadly killed during the Lindt Cafe siege in Sydney before Christmas. I was totally on board the day I saw the call out, and whipped up five blocks and sent them off.
A few days later, I noted just how many blocks Molli was receiving, which meant his goal of making a "couple" of quilts was going to be very quickly blown out of the water, and he may just need a little help? I sent him a quick message, telling him I'd be more than happy to put a quilt top together if need be. It was a resounding yes, and a couple of weeks later, 168 lovely little hashtag blocks arrived on my doorstep.
And a couple of hours later, I had a layout, ready to sew together. It was a very random layout, as requested by Molli, and I loved the way the colours all looked!
The quilt top was reasonably quick and easy to put together - it helped that I was directed not to worry about lining up the hashtag seams - cos that wasn't going to happen!!!
Yesterday was our Melbourne Modern Quilt Guild's sit n sew day. I took the quilt top along, as the Blue Team's baton was being handed over to Andrea - a fellow Melbourne quilter who had offered to put the backing and binding together. We showed the guild members - some of whom had contributed blocks to the cause. It was a really lovely way to demonstrate how a community of quilters, from ALL over the world, can come together to hopefully bring some cheer to families who have lost such a dear loved one.
So, this lovely quilt top will soon be off to our Team Blue's long arm quilter, for some magic to happen, before it is bound and sent back to Molli for distribution!
So - I just want to send out a big THANK YOU to Molli, for allowing me to be a part of this bigger picture. You've done a good thing girlfriend. xxx