Initially I was reluctant. I can't quilt quilts bigger than about 60 inches, and I worried if Cathy wanted a larger quilt I couldn't fulfill my end of the bargain. Also I wasn't sure what kind of quilts she liked. Would she be happy with my bright and geometric quilts?
But it turned out she was more than happy with a 60 inch quilt, and the quilts I made were the quilts she liked. And I love Cathy's paintings so I signed up! And got sewing.
I was in Melbourne for a few days over Christmas, so we met up on Boxing Day to do the swapping. Cam came along for afternoon tea too so it was a fantastic reunion of old friends and I finally got to meet Ms L.
And the quilt?
The back was quite possibly my favourite back ever.
The very important label.
Cathy loved it! Phew!
And my painting. Just wait - it's amazing.
Us with BigCat!
That afternoon I took it home to my friend Helen's place, where I was staying. We propped it against her fireplace and then we gazed at it for hours while we chatted and ate dinner. It's one of those paintings which changes constantly with the light and the angles. When I left for Bendigo the next day I think Helen was sad to lose temporary custody.
So thanks Cathy! I love my painting so much and I loved making this quilt for you. Most of all, thanks for your fantastic friendship.
Fabric: Bella by Lotta Jansdotter; and grey homespun
Quilting: Machine quilted, straight lines, using Aurifil Mako 28/2 thread in grey (2605)
Batting: bleached 100% cotton
Started: 17 October 2012
Finished: 24 December 2012