myBearpaw Blog by Jo Avery

Stitch Gathering Words Quilt #1

At the Stitch Gathering 2015 we sent attendees fabric and asked them to embellish it with their favourite word. This would then be their ticket. We asked for words to be positive and life affirming.
You can read more about the ticket words project inception here.
Our amazing retreaters brought along fabulous works of art using so many different techniques! They were all displayed on the day.
Prior to last year’s event I made two quilt tops from the words and basted them. At Stitch Gathering 2016 we had a group hand quilting session in the afternoon and the quilting was started!

Of course it was only started at the event, and I had planned to machine quilt the remainder of the tops at home (as hand quilting is a bit of a no-no to me these days – with my dodgy hand!). But then my lovely assistant Lynsey, offered to hand quilt the WHOLE of one of the quilts!!

Lynsey handed the quilt back to me just before Christmas and I finally bound it a few days ago.
So now it needs to be donated to somewhere suitable – like a hospice or other institution where it can inspire and spread love through stitches. I have had a few suggestions already which I will be chasing up (in case they can’t take it for some reason like space or sterility) and I hope to compile a shortlist which can then be voted on by everyone that had a hand in making it.

But I would love a few more suggestions, bearing in mind there will be another quilt coming along! If you have any ideas, please email me. Anywhere in the UK would be fine.
And what about that other quilt? Well the totally amazing and generous Lynsey is now hand quilting that too!! Talk about a quilt hero!! 
And speaking of quilt heroes, I happen to know another one! 
At last year’s Stitch Gathering the ticket project was to make your ‘dream house’ block. At the end of the event four people took away 20 blocks each to make into quilts for Siblings Together. The amazing Sheila (@budsmam on IG) finished this quilt a few weeks back – thank you so much Sheila!
 Lynsey also took away 20 blocks to finish a quilt, however as she is doing all this heroic hand quilting she doesn’t think she can also finish the house quilt. So, would anybody like to volunteer themselves to finish a quilt? The blocks are complete, they need sewing together (perhaps with sashing like the quilt below, but not necessarily) and then basting, quilting (anyway you like – it’s a great way to practice FMQ) and binding. 
If you feel like being a quilt hero too then please let me know in an email – [email protected]
One more thing – our store won runner up in the Best Independent Store, Scotland, in the British Sewing  Awards yesterday! Thank you to everyone who voted for us! We will display our badge with pride!!

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