Photos via Instagram #quiltforcam
I've been trying to write this blog post for the last week. But, I've been back at the Alfred four days out of five this week, plus a trip to RMH, so I've been a bit too tired and completely lost for words.
I'm going to try the best I can, but I'm not quite sure that any words I write, will do the story justice.
This is one of those stories that seems like a fairytale. Things like this don't really happen in this day and age... do they?
Last year, purely by chance, I was lucky enough to meet Deb in real life. I didn't realise it at the time, but she'd travelled from NZ to Melbourne for a family wedding. She had posted photos on Instagram and I noticed that she was actually visiting my suburb! We met for coffee and cake, and chatted so much that we had to leave the cafe as it was closing.
Not long after my transplant call, Deb hatched an ingenious idea to collect fabrics and start making me a quilt. I was in ICU for the first eight days, so I was completely oblivious to the happenings in crafty instagram world!
You can imagine the shock, surprise and delight when I finally checked my instagram and worked out what was happening behind the scenes.
I've been watching in wonder while the photos have been popping up with the #quiltforcam hashtag.
Deb also wrote the most beautiful post for the FilmLife Project Blog challenge.
The winner is going to be announced at tonights FilmLife screening. I'm very excited to be going along as it'll be my first major social outing since transplant.
There's a part two to this story...
I was already overwhelmed that this amazing quilt was being put together just for me. But then there was the logistics of getting it all the way from Christchurch to Melbourne in one piece.
Deb really wanted to deliver the quilt in person and put the call out for help. An amazing lady named Sophie answered the call, and with the help of The Sisterhood, they raised enough money for an airfare in one afternoon.
It was completely unbelievable!
Last Friday night, Deb flew all the way to Melbourne with my beautiful quilt, and then Deb and Michelle came to visit on Saturday to hand deliver it.
We had a lovely afternoon of non-stop chatting and quilt fondling.
The light isn't great in this photo but I had to hang it on the wall for a while just so I could marvel in the beautiful colours. I adore the random fabric placement.
The backing is a beautiful vintage sheet (totally my style and colours).
I really have to thank everyone who contributed to the beautiful quilt, and everyone who helped to get Deb to Melbourne to deliver it.
It's one of those things that I'll be able to keep forever, and it will always have such an amazing story to go with it.
To the wonderful ladies from The Sisterhood - thankyou so much for the extra surprise. I'll have my new bicycle very soon!