Remember how happy I was a few weeks back when I received all those lovely FQ's of Elizabeth Scott's 'Red Rose Farm' fabric directly from Elizabeth herself? Well I was desperate to get them cut up and sewed back together again as soon as possible!
And like everybody else recently, I have been so heartbroken and really shocked to see the devastation in Japan following the earthquake and tsunami there. And I knew it wouldn't be long before some generous quilters started to organise quilts for Japan on their blogs.
So I decided that this was the perfect project to use my freebies on. What better way to celebrate good fortune than to spread good fortune around and make a quilt for somebody in Japan who has lost everything, as so many must have.
Doll Quilt by Mary on Lake Pulaski (along with many more in this wonderful swap group), and wanted to have a go at the Whirligig pattern. I have just had a few extra days off work, which has been bliss, so I got to work cutting up the lovely fabric on Friday morning.
There seem to be a lot of different appeals just starting up for quilts or quilt blocks for Japan. Valentina told me about one at Quiltsalott. And Hardy Party of Five has started a group on Flickr. I'm sure there are lots of small ways to help without having to make a whole quilt.
But then I still had more scraps left over from cutting strips up, so with extras from my scrap box I made a couple of large cushions. A string one...
I feel really energised after a good rest and being so productive in the sewing room. I Just hope this feeling lasts long enough to actually finish the quilt!
P.S. Val, if you are reading this, please put an email address on your blogger account! I would love to reply to your comments but have NO WAY of contacting you! Or email me separately through my profile.