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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

80 hearts for 80 years

There's been a bit of secret quilt sewing going on in my space lately....I've managed to share the odd glimpse in recent posts without giving too much away.
First of all I made 80 hearts —
80 different fabrics...!
Then I made an applique block —
A bit of tricky maths was needed to make it all fit  





And then I sewed it all together, quilted it, bound it.
Nigel helped hold the quilt down at binding time —

It aint a quilt till it's been loved by a cat :-)
Then I packed it in the car and off we went down to Tauranga for Mum's 80th birthday celebration - what a fun weekend!
We hired a room in the Tauranga Historic Village .... a great setting!
Family and friends gathered. There was plenty to eat —
And lots of dancing. We had an awesome country-pop band and the dance floor was busy all night —
Back to the quilt - here it is in its finished state. I gave it to Mum on the night —

And invited everyone to sign it —
Spot my gorgeous wee grand-daughters ♥


Lots of lovely messages —

Lovely to spend my time with my family —
A bit of goofing - as well as lots of plaid wearing, hats and boots featured strongly. We three below had just the right boots!
The next day I realised I didn't yet have a photo of the quilt, so out came the camera again —
hehe posed shot!
Me and my Mum!
Don't you like how we dressed to match the quilt!

We had such a great weekend....it was a long weekend here in NZ so everyone was in relaxed mode....plus having overseas family here made it all the more special.
I'll share a few more quilt details in my next post but for now,
happy stitches

36 comments:

sunny said...

Holy Hearts, Raewyn! That is awesome. What a beautiful quilt, and such an awesome thing to do. Sounds like a perfectly wonderful weekend.

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

what a great present to make and your surprise your mom with and have everyone sign it - what a great idea - it looks like you all had fun

Julie said...

The quilt you made your Mum is just beautiful Raewyn & how special that everyone got to sign it. It will be treasured by your Mum I am sure. Looks like a wonderful weekend had by everyone.

Kris said...

Wow!! What a wonderful quilt for your Mum's 80th!! I just love it and having everyone sign it makes it even more special!! What a good daughter you are!! :-))

marina said...

How amazing Raewyn! Such a gorgoeus quilt for your mums birthday

Suz J said...

So amazed you got it finished on time! Such a wonderful achievement... and it looks terrific. Great to have all those wonderful memories and signatures as well.

Janet O. said...

What a super way to celebrate!!
I love the quilt design, and the idea of having everyone sign it.
You know how to throw a party. My 60th is next month. Can I hire you? :)

Joy from Days Filled With Joy said...

Oh it is just beautiful Raewyn! I'm sure your mum is over the moon! Love the photo with you both with the quilt and in pink :) xx

I am said...

Hi Raewyn,love your mums quilt,what a lovely gift for your mum,what wonderful memories of a lovely party for your mum and family xx

Karen S said...

This quilt is so special. What a lovely gift and a wonderful way to celebrate your mother's birthday. Looks like everyone had a great time.

Leeanne said...

Oh wow......such a beautiful quilt for someone so very special to you. All the signatures makes another special touch. What a cracker celebration!

Jenny said...

Such a beautiful quilt to celebrate your Mum's 80th birthday. You have done a great job - you and your Mum must be trilled with your wonderful creation.

Michelle Ridgway said...

What a wonderful celebration. Happy birthday to your dear Mum. The quilt is gorgeous and your work is beautiful xxx

KaHolly said...

Oh, Raewyn, honey, I can scarcely see to type because of the tears that are welled up in my eyes. This is fabulous!

Patty said...

It came out beautiful! Happy birthday to your mom. My mom celebrated her 80th this year as well and I made her a signature quilt!

Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

Thanks for sharing the party, and such a gorgeous quilt from a beautiful lady to another very special beautiful lady. Looks like you had oodles of fun.

Wendy Caton Reed said...

Fabulous! What a treasure. Your Mum must have been over the moon. Thanks for sharing.

Chantal said...

It's beautiful Raewyn. What a treasure for your Mom and with all her friends and family signing it. That was such a good idea. Looks like the party was a great hit too. Congratulations on getting such a special quilt completed.

Needled Mom said...

That is fabulous. Happy birthday to her. I love all of the signatures on it - a real treasure.

QuiltShopGal said...

Happy 80th Birthday to your beautiful Mum. What a stunning quilt and great way to celebrate her birthday.

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Angelikas quilts and knits said...

Happy Birthday to your Mum ! What an awesome gift for a special birthday !

Maria said...

Such a gorgeous special quilt you made for you Mum...
What a wonderful way you celebrated her 80th birthday...
The twins have really grown up ...

Connie said...

This is a delightful post and your Mum must have been so surprised with her beautiful quilt. You're a sweet daughter :) I love how you had everyone sign it . . . she must have been overjoyed. It's so wonderful to be surrounded my all the people you love and that love you back. Happy Birthday Mum!

Fiona said...

Happy Birthday to your Mum and how lovely you all got together to celebrate. The quilt is just lovely and what a great idea getting people to sign it too.... very special...

Hugz

kiwikid said...

Wow Raewyn, that is amazing, the quilt is beautiful and so special for your Mum. Well done on keeping it a secret!! The Historic Village is a great place to go, does your Mum live over that side of Tauranga? Great to see the twins again!! Wonderful family celebration.

Julie said...

An amazingly special quilt, and what a fabulous weekend to celebrate her birthday. What did you use to sign the quilt?

Lynne Stucke said...

WOW! What a lovely, thoughtful gift, Racwyn!! How blessed your Mum is to have you for a daughter!!!!

Lesley said...

Congratulations to you and your Mom! What a wonderful tribute to her 80 years! Gorgeous quilt!

Rosemary Dickinson said...

What a beautiful gift you made for your mom! I'm sure your mom will cherish this quilt forever!

Lin said...

What a lovely occasion Raewyn and such a beautiful quilt for your Mum. I love the way everyone has signed it. Beautiful. Happy Birthdy Mum! xx

Sheila said...

Absolutely gorgeous quilt , you are a wonderful daughter to present this to her on her 80th birthday, she must have been so pleased!

Anthea said...

What a joyous post Raewyn... the quilt is just beautiful & you sure were busy with all that sewing! I love the idea of writing messages on it.
You're a very generous lady & I'm sure your Mum will treasure the quilt for years to come.
(My Mum nearly passed out with bliss, when we presented her with a quilt I made on behalf of my family when she turned 70!)

Barb Neiwert said...

What a delightful post - I think you brought joy to every one of us who read it! You've made a truly heartfelt quilt that will be treasured. Your mum looks like a fun person in these photos!

Kerry said...

Just beautiful Raewyn, Your family and the quilt :-) and what a special memory gift for Mum.
Hugs xxxx

linny said...

Wow! Sounds & looks like you had a great w/e celebrating your Mum's birthday.
Love your quilt, & what a great idea to get everybody to sign it. I'm sure your Mum will treasure it.

Sandra Walker said...

What a perfect memento for your mum's 80th! I just gave my own mum her 80th birthday quilt...nearly a year late, as she'll be 81 in 3 weeks LOL. I love that you had the family sign it. I also love seeing you looking like the perfect Albertans in your plaid and jeans and boots, which is where I'm originally from, with lots of farm relatives too, and where I'm visiting right now, with my own sweet grandson (your granddaughters are so sweet btw).