Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Healing hearts in the heat

Nearly 9 years ago, I was bored over the Christmas/New Year period, as my children were at their father's and I was home alone. And bored, as I said. To cut a long story short, I set up Kiwiquilters, which is an online email list for quilters in New Zealand. Or other places, as some of the 475 members live overseas.

One of the things I've adopted for KQs is Healing Hearts - I think I've mentioned these here before. Any member can call for hearts for their family or friends who are suffering serious illness, trauma or tragedy. Sometimes it's for a child in the news who has been severely abused. Members send a heart or 2 to whoever is co-ordinating the appeal, and they assemble the quilt. At present, a member's husband is terminally ill and she is staying with him in the hospice so I'm making her some hearts, and also a few extra to have on hand. I hand sew the blanket stitch around the hearts, as I enjoy doing blanket stitch.
I also had to dye some fabric today (on the left) so did some more for myself as well. Today is very hot for early summer - it was 22 degrees C (72 degrees F ) overnight, and has gone officially above 30 (86F) this afternoon. Here at home, in the sun outside, it was over 40C (104F) which is waaaaaaay too hot for me.

4 comments:

Webfrau said...

Your hearts are looking very cheerful. I can't believe it's been 9 years since Kiwiquilter began. WOW! Where does the time go?

Feather on a Wire said...

As always your washing line is beautiful where ever it is.
Strange how when we were younger heat was something desirable and now it's, well, it's just not....

Julie said...

We are shivering here with temperatures around freezing over night. Brrr! I don't do hot either, though! The hearts are a good idea,aren't they? they send them at the Yahoo group Fiber Art Traders too.

Julaine Lofquist-Birch said...

How nice to see brand new hand dyes...it's too cold in my basement and there's too much carpet upstairs to let it batch there. I'm ready for spring already...