Sunday, August 1, 2010

“Garden Friends”

Just recently I got the chance to meet up with my dear friend Cheryl and drive out to see the lovely ladies (and gentleman – sorry John lol) of “Fresh Hope”. what a pleasure it was to meet them all …. and we were made to feel so welcome. The fabulous spread the girls had cooked up for our morning tea was simply delicious – Mmmm, I can still taste that yummy lemon slice :oD !! Cheryl and I both thoroughly enjoyed our morning with Mary, Karen & John and the girls, not to mention the gawjus little ones although most of the children were at school :o). After our visit we were left in no doubt that the Gumtree Designers had chosen absolutely the right charity to donate to :o). You can read more about Fresh Hope and the wonderful work they do here.

So … here’s the block I designed. I called it “Garden Friends”. Fresh Hope - Nutters stitcheries 017To me the gawjus butterfly and it’s transformation from the caterpillar is the perfect way to show how a life lived one way can also be transformed into something fresh and new and beautiful …. as with the help of “Fresh Hope”.

As a group we all came up with the accrostic “Fresh Hope” poem and we each stitched a line … this is the one I got to do……….Fresh Hope - Nutters stitcheries 014 The “Springtime Quilt” was a tremendous project for us all to work on together - even though we are all so far apart - it was a wonderful experience for us all :o)!! It (the gawjus quilt) flew far and wide for each step to be achieved - and I can’t help feeling totally chuffed that it turned out as beautifully as it did :o)!! If you’d like to know more about how it all came together then pop on over to the Among the Gumtrees blog for the story AND to see the "Springtime Quilt" in all it's beauty :o)

Please pop in and visit my gawjus fellow Gumtree Designers and see their individual blocks too .... Dawn, Vikki, Vicki, Cheryl, Jenny, Blossom (guest designer), Judith and Fiona, :o). It was such a dream working with them all to create this fabulous project - love 'em to bits :o)!!!

19 comments:

SheilaC said...

What a wonderful idea!! I love the block you have designed and I can't wait for this to become available.

SheilaC

Janice said...

Your block is beautiful. You have all created a wonderful quilt.

Dawn said...

Garden Friends is gorgeous Joy...I just love your drawings, they are beautiful... and the catterpillar to a butterfly is true transformation.
Big Hugs Dawn x x

Vicki said...

I look forward to more of your darling drawings Joy as they are so special :) Your block you did was truly lovely and I enjoyed our journey in the making of this quilt. :) hugs sweetie :) Vicki xoxoxox

Allie said...

What a darling block, Joy! This is an amazing quilt with an amazing story, made by truly amazing women!

Jenny of Elefantz said...

Joy is as Joy does!! Hon, having you alongside this birthing process has been a JOY to behold! I love the enthusiasm and optimism you always spread among our Gum Trees, and your gorgeous block and the inspiration behind it are testimony of the HOPE you always share! I'm sending you a huge hug of thanks for being the wonderful woman you are and the example you are to all of us. {{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{Joy}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}

Sharon (Stitches on Mars) said...

Its a wonderful idea and your block is gorgeous,
Hugs, Sharon

marina said...

What a lovely quilt.I popped over to see the finished quilt. The fabrics just look beautiful too.
Your block is wonderful.

Sew Useful Designs said...

Darling, your sweet designs are as 'gawjus' as you! :-) So happy, vibrant and joyful! It has been a marvelous adventure hasn't it? I look forward to sharing more adventures with you in the future!

Hugs sweetie!!!
Theresa xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Maree: said...

Congratulations on a Beautiful Project for such a Good Cause...Your Block is Lovely ..I will be purchasing this pattern when it is released...
cheers

wonderwoman said...

what an amazing thing to do and your design is just beautiful.
xx

BubzRugz said...

Your block is beautiful... as is the quilt as a whole.. what a great idea Hugz
Fiona

Sheila said...

Oh Joy what a beautiful block and a wonderful message , you are one talented lady ! This quilt is so beautiful and each and every block is lovely and for a great cause .

Love Bears All Things said...

Such a beautiful quilt filled with symbolism and for a great cause.
Mama Bear

teresa said...

The quilt is beautiful and your block is gorgeous Joy. What a wonderful, WONDERFUL project you have come up with for such a worthwhile cause. Well done to you all!

Jeni said...

Joy what a beautiful block......
Garden Friends is gorgeous ....
so beautiful......love it well done

Bec said...

The quilt for Fresh Hope is lovely; your block is gorgeous (or is that gawjus!). Bec xxx

Franca said...

hello looking for in your beautiful blog the first pattern stitchery Christmas of 2009 thank you and congratulations Franca

Robyn said...

I love your drawings Joy :-)
You're very gifted and this block is a real sweetie... I love bugs and butterflies... thankyou, all of you!