After Johnny left in the beginning of September, I had only four weeks to finish girlfriend Kari's 50th birthday quilt! The sandwiching was done - managed to do that when Johnny was here. I put it away and then started quilting only a few days after Johnny left. If you are new to my blog, you can see the quilt I made for Johnny's 50th birthday by clicking here.
I did finish it on time, but taking photos was done early morning before we headed to the airport the day Kari and her daughter Nina landed here!
I first saw the pattern in one of the lovely Australian quilt magazine a few years ago. I knew there and then that one day I'll have to make it and started collecting rose fabrics.
The original pattern does not have the green sashing and the square's border, those I have added to make the quilt bigger - a snuggle quilt on chilly days. That is definitely something Kari needs, coming from the Northeasterly part of Norway - Finnmark county - not far from the Russian border. The winters there are harsh!
Each of the 12 blocks has a stitchery with friendship quotes.
It took me some 'deep-thinking' figuring out how to quilt the stitcheries. In the end I decided on stitching in the ditch around the stitchery and a loop pattern around each pattern.
Kari and I have known each other since beginning '80's, we have been through different 'life-experiences', which has made our friendship grow stronger.
Kari is into a little bit quilting too, but closest to her heart is sewing clothes and knitting.
...and of course... being close friends, we love to have tea or coffee together
I love the fact that I didn't have to buy any fabrics for this quilt, all fabrics from my stash. The floss used on the stitcheries as well as the backing (flannel) are from my stash too.
After reading this post almost to an end, you may wonder how such a wonderful friend looks like - don't you? Just admit it - lol!
Here we are - on one of the 'tourist spot' on the island.
DEAREST FRIEND KARI,
HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
LOOOOOVE HAVING YOU TWO HERE!