I have talked on here several times about how much I love the blogging community and how amazing it is to have found friends across the world whom I have not met but have so much in common with.
I was excited when Fiona initially posted about the idea of a friendship quilt. I have really got into quilting and liked the idea of sending pretty squares of material to other people.
What I didn't realise when I signed up for the friendship quilt was how happy it would make me to receive those parcels most weeks.
How blog friends go above and beyond just sending a square of material. I have had american candy, english chocolate and beautiful cards and tags.
I didn't realise how blessed I would feel when reading the words of those women in the letters and notes they sent with their quilt blocks.
How each piece that arrived was so unique. No two designs have been the same and each is as personal to me as it is to the creator!
I didn't realise that the quilt blocks would remind me of their creator. Even before they are put together they have a story. For instance the block Sian sent me has images of little houses and I at once think of her writing "high in the sky".
When I joined this swap I had the end project in mind. What I didn't realise was that the process is just as wonderful. The emails I have had asking about colour schemes, the thought that has gone into the square, the stories that have come back about blog friends pulling out their sewing machine for the first time in ages, they are all wonderful to hear and receive.
I also never realised the opportunity I would have to tell my housemates about blogging, about quilting and about a community of women around the world who are all crafty.
Thank you dear friends who have sent me quilt blocks. All are beautiful, all are personal and I can't wait to put them together. Thank you too to Fiona who initiated the swap. I can't wait till I can start sending my own blocks out (I have enough jiffy bags now to keep me going all year!)
Quilt block creators top to bottom:
Deb (paper Turtle)