taking a break from the day - not because i want to, but because of a huge thunderstorm with massive amounts of rain that is rolling through, on this otherwise absolutely gorgeous sunny hot and humid 4th of july... i am a bit sun-sleepy and stinky, sore from weeding the garden and yoga last night. sitting in the air conditioned living room isn't a bad idea right about now. though i would prefer to be BBQing with friends!... (we'll have to wait for the rain to pass?)
i realized i never got to really talk about this project here, from earlier in the spring! i was lucky to be able to participate in Project Special Delivery - a secret group on flickr, full of heather ross fans just dying to do something nice for her while she has been expecting her first baby (a girl!)! (just think of how many of her fabrics have been used in our own baby quilts!) since we recently found out that heather has received the quilt, i can finally speak freely! ;)
Welcome statement for the group:
Welcome to the virtual surprise baby shower for Heather Ross.
The mission: Heather is expecting in late July and we want to surprise her with handmade baby gifts/keepsakes from her fans!
The reason: We want to let Heather know how much we appreciate her great fabric and the personal touch she puts into interacting with her customers through workshop weekends, studio sales, and her blog. She inspires so many wonderful projects here on Flickr, let's send some of the love back to her!
The plan: Create your gift and plan to mail it mid May 2011.
The discussion posts in this group can only be seen by members, so don't worry about Heather somehow finding this group and having the surprise spoiled.
Remember - this is a SURPRISE!! So don't post the nitty gritty on your blogs or anywhere else public.
Post about a surprise baby shower for a virtual friend - GOOD!
Post about a surprise baby shower for a Heather Ross, post about it in the public Heather Ross Flickr groups - BAD!
as a group, we each sent in one improv block in an assortment of rainbow colors (we were lucky to be able to sign up for which color we wanted to do!), which were compiled into a good sized quilt. there were some others who made star blocks that were made into a second quilt. and there were also some folks who made appliqued onesies to send along as well. finally, there was a book compiled with a photo of each block, with our names and a little note to heather, so she would know who made which one.
you might remember my yellow improv block:
& on the back -
the thankyou note from heather, sent to the group mama who coordinated it all and mailed it off to its new home:
I can't tell you how touched and grateful I am for this amazing quilt! It's so beautiful, so expertly made, and so incredibly generous.
I don't even know where to begin in thanking you, or in trying to express my gratitude, but I do know that I would like to thank each person involved personally, and I'd like to do it in writing. Would it be possible to get a list of addresses from you? If you think that everyone would be more comfortable with emails I'm OK with that too.
I'm also really really amazed by the hand-embroidered message on the quilt's back. What you couldn't have possibly known, and what I can barely believe, is that this specific quote is so dear to me. These are the only words that are on my uncles headstone. He died unexpectedly a few years ago, we were very close and his life was full of art and struggle and too much sadness. His birthday is July 26th, which is also my due date.
I asked my husband to take a picture of me wrapped up in the quilt to send you this morning, but we both agreed that I looked a bit too much like I had been crying (because I had!) and had just rolled out of bed (also guilty) and that we would try again this evening.
I love seeing so many familiar names in this book, and love seeing each of the blocks separately and knowing who they are all from. This is going to be something that I treasure for ever.
Much love and many thanks,
♥ i'm so pleased to have been part of this group and to have been able to show a tiny bit of gratitude for years of creative inspiration and supplies. suuuuuch a fun project :) there were so many talented people in the group, and it was so fun to see the final product come together!