Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Second AAQI Quilt done!
The block itself was made by a crazy quilting friend and was delivered wrapped around my Christmas cracker in a CQI exchange a couple years ago. So, all I needed to do was the embellishing, embroidery and finishing. All the seams are done with Japanese silk buttonhole thread. The large metal face, the coins, the butterfly and the fan are all "found objects". The butterfly is a broken jewelry pin, the face was a bookmark and the fan was an earring. I used needle weaving to attach the coins which worked quite well. Two seams are covered with gold ribbon couched down. The fan had small holes which allowed me to attach it with stitches and then I used the same thread to create a little tassel for it. The beautifully dyed lace flower motifs came from another CQI swap.
The stitching all went well and helped to pass the hours before we heard Hideko and her family had come through the earthquake safe and sound. Thank Goodness!
Did you know that AAQI, the best little grass roots fundraising organization for Alzheimers, has raised over half a million dollars for research now with these little quilts? A lot of people doing a little bit can accomplish a lot!