The Quilt Project…

October 24, 2009 84 Comments by Kirsty

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Last night The Quilt Project quilt was displayed at Abbotsford Convent. Lots of lovely folk came to have a look at our beautiful quilt. It really is something special. Our online community have worked together to make something really amazing.

I feel immensely proud of all of us. To quote the smalls…

“We did a big achievement”.

On a personal note…

When the project began I felt confident that the community quilt we were creating was going to be something special and I thought it would be a bit of fun. Certainly, both those things are true but The Quilt Project has meant so much more to me than just a bit of fun.

As each block arrived I traced the designs with my fingers and imagined the maker hard at work. When each row was stitched together I stepped back and nodded and thought yes, yes that looks good. It wasn’t until I sewed the last row onto the quilt, draped it over the couch and let it spill onto the floor that I was fully aware of the magic that is this project. It took my breath away. Each of these squares is a moment in time, a piece of each maker’s life, a memory anchor.

I will be eternally grateful to all who participated for trusting me with these very precious squares, thank you.

The Quilt Project now has it’s own space. I hope that it’s a space that the contributors will be proud of and one that everyone interested in making can enjoy.

Two extra special thank you’s to Bec for travelling to be there & to Nikki for being a fabulous support.

84 Comments

  1. Sallu
    4 years ago

    BRAVO!
    Congratulations to all that participated. That is one very very special quilt.
    Kirsty, what you have started and finished here is amazing – words cannot do it justice. I admire your creativity, your organisation and your dedication. Brilliance.
    You are one very special person, through your meme and projects like this you bring so many people together – people who's paths would otherwise not have crossed. You are a rock. I don't think you can truly fathom the wonderful and positive impact you have on people's lives.

    THANK YOU.

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  2. Nikki
    4 years ago

    SO sorry I couldn't come last night to experience it in the flesh.  Good on you for bringing the community together in such a wonderful way.

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  3. Guest
    4 years ago

    Thankyou so much Kirsty for organising such a wonderful crafty project and getting so many lovely people to participate. It's amazing how craft can bring so many different people together.
    The full quilt looked absolutely amazing and I hope that many more will get to see it too.

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  4. june at noon
    4 years ago

    Wow, Kirsty. I got a little teary-eyed just looking at the whole thing put together. It is an amazing piece of art, and such an honor to be a part of such a special project. There were so many talented artists featured there, and I know this project will always be a special memory for me. Thank you for how much love and hard work you put into it!

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  5. Guest
    4 years ago

    That was such an extraordinarily special project, I wish I could have come down to see the finished quilt in all it's glory. Well done to all who contributed, you all did a magnificent job.

    Tara (Waffling Along)

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  6. Amanda @geekdetails
    4 years ago

    OMG that's lovely. Truly. Just wow!

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  7. Jess
    4 years ago

    Beyond words really Kirst and all the contributors! Sorry I couldn't make it last night, but even the photos I've seen, it is truly beautiful, magic and special beyond belief. Knew it would be, be it has risen to another level of specialness. xx

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  8. Linda
    4 years ago

    It was such a pleasure to be part of this project Kirsty and thank you SO MUCH for bringing us all together.  This post sums it up so well and is worded beautifully.  On a personal note I feel so good I finished my square and was a part of it, so many ideas of mine never come to fruition because of health issues and this is very frustrating so to have completed something this special has meant a lot to me….thank you xx

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  9. Andi
    4 years ago

    Well done. What a wonderful piece of communal art!!
    I wonder, instead of taking it to bits and returning all the squares to their makers, why not (with your participants' permission) auction it off for charity?
    Maybe for the Red Cross?
    Just a thought.
    Well done again!
    Andi :-)

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  10. Kylie
    4 years ago

    Oh, it's so beautiful! Fabulous job and congratulations to everyone… just wonderful :) I'm just popping over to have a look at the detailed pieces right now. K

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  11. Megan: The Byron Life
    4 years ago

    Well done Kirsty – what a massive project to undertake. It looks wonderful and is so full of good spirit. Beautiful. 

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  12. Sarah
    4 years ago

    The finished quilt is amazing and watching the people make their blocks has been so much fun.  I hope one day I could join in something like this …

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  13. yardage girl
    4 years ago

    Kirsty, it was a wonderful night and a wonderful project to be involved in – thankyou so much for bringing us all together. You are a gem.

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  14. midge
    4 years ago

    thank you so much kirsty. seeing the quilt was an amazing experience as was meeting some of the other participants. i feel so grateful to you for all of the hard work that you undertook to bring this project to such a triumphant conclusion. the quilt looked amazing and seeing those squares that i had been following so closely via blogs and flickr was inspiring. you are so right in saying that it is a snapshot of peoples lives because so much of their individuality went into those beautifully worked pieces. i loved meeting you and hope to cross paths again in the future. again thank you for your generosity and amazing organisation. Well Done

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  15. One Flew Over
    4 years ago

    THANKYOU Kirst! It would not have been possible without your idea or hard work!

    Thanks again for a fantastic experience!

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  16. Nikki Cardigan
    4 years ago

    This project is something that everyone involved with will always remember. It was awesome to see the quilt all finished, with each square telling its own story and to meet so many of the people who were part of the project. Thankyou for organising for it to be displayed…

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  17. Kirsty
    4 years ago

    Thank you so much.  I'm at a bit of a loss to know how to respond to this comment except to say … thank you. x

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  18. Kirsty
    4 years ago

    Thanks Nikki.  It was a lovely night.

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  19. Kirsty
    4 years ago

    Thank you Cam!  For participating, supporting & coming out to see our quilt.

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  20. Kirsty
    4 years ago

    Thank you so much for being a part of it & for embracing it so fully.

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  21. Kirsty
    4 years ago

    Thanks Tara.

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  22. Kirsty
    4 years ago

    Thanks Amanda.

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  23. Kirsty
    4 years ago

    Thanks Jess.

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  24. Kirsty
    4 years ago

    Thank you Linda.  I'm so thrilled that it's meant so much to you.

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  25. Kirsty
    4 years ago

    Thanks Andi…it's been a fabulous project.  As for what's next, I'm not sure at this stage.

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  26. Kirsty
    4 years ago

    Thank you Kylie so much for your keen support.

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  27. Kirsty
    4 years ago

    Thanks Megan.  It's been fabulous.

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  28. Kirsty
    4 years ago

    I really think you could Sarah.  Did you know that for a number of the contributors this was the first time that they had done any embroidery at all?

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  29. Kirsty
    4 years ago

    Thanks Nic!  Thanks for being part of it.

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  30. Kirsty
    4 years ago

    Thanks Michelle.  It was lovely to meet you & to have you involved in The Quilt Project.

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  31. Kirsty
    4 years ago

    I'm so glad you loved being a part of it.

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  32. Kirsty
    4 years ago

    Thank you Nikki for being part of it & for your caring & enthusiastic support.

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  33. handmaderomance
    4 years ago

    thank you kirst for bringing us all together and making each square into something so special. i love what you did with it and appreciate the hard work and oranisation you have put in to this project. it has been such a pleasure being part of it. the giant bed was just awesome! : ) x

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  34. Lisa
    4 years ago

    I know I keep saying it, but I think it's amazing what you've done and how the project has evolved and I'm truly proud to have been a part of it!, the photo's are great , and it's credit to you for organizing such a wonderful project, you're a star!

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  35. Leonie
    4 years ago

    That is such an amazing achievement!  Well done to all involved and especially to you for all of your hard work!

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  36. Sarah
    4 years ago

    Well done, it looks fantastic!

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  37. Jennifer Rose
    4 years ago

    that looks great :D well done to everyone that made up a square and it was wonderful of you Kirsty to start this

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  38. Stomper Girl
    4 years ago

    You did a great job all of you, but a special well done for the organiser!

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  39. Caroline (Eanna's mum!)
    4 years ago

    Kirsty its absolutely lovely, you should feel so proud. So glad I went along to have a look and sorry too that I didn't have the courage to join in, but would love to join in another time!
    Really liked your Grannies quilt too & as for your red shoes,too cool!

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  40. Anonymous
    4 years ago

    Holy cow! I missed it.
    The quilt looks amazing. Well done to everyone involved.

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  41. BeckyEtal
    4 years ago

    This was such an amazing project to watch from the sidelines.  From your post I love the phrase "a memory anchor", what a great way of summing up!

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  42. Sel from Red Lizzi
    4 years ago

    Congrats – what a fantastic project and amazing effort to all involved! 

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  43. Karen
    4 years ago

    It really is amazing Kirsty, you and all who were involved should feel very proud.
    Seeing the end result inpires in many ways – it inspires the likes of me to be brave enough to have a go at things in the future and realise that it takes participants to get a result – not just perfect stitchers.
    Well done to you.

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  44. Melanie
    4 years ago

    I ended up being away last night, but I've just popped over to the site for a look. It's just sensational Kirsty. Congratulations to all the talented makers.

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  45. Alison
    4 years ago

    Many congratualtions on your wonderful project – totally awesome :)!  The quiltprojectblog is fantastic and I really enjoyed viewing everyone's work – what a feat! 

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  46. trashalou
    4 years ago

    Oh wow! Oh wow! Oh wow! It is delicious, delightful and delovely. I am delighted to have been a part of such a special project. Thank you a bazgillion times for all your hard work in conceiving this project, getting it up and running and then all the stitching and finishing that has gone into The Quilt Project. It has been an honour serving with all y'all.

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  47. gretchenmist
    4 years ago

    incredible kirsty ~ you are such a lovely community person pulling all this together. great job :)

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  48. Leah http://minimonty.typepad.com
    4 years ago

    Thank you kirsty, it was amazing and I feel blessed to have been apart of it.
    You did such a great job!

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  49. Allison
    4 years ago

    Wow, well done everyone who participated, it's beautiful! x

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  50. millymollymandy loves to quilt
    4 years ago

    Stunning ! Thankyou so much for all the hard work involved in creating this and bringing us all together to be a part of it !
    This was my first attempt at embroidery / stitchery and I am humbled to have my square sitting amongst all those redwork masterpieces !
    Wish I could have been there in the flesh to see it !
    Seems sad to deconstruct it though…I liked the previously mentioned idea of donating to a charity/ auctioning it off . Does anyone else have feedback on this ?
    Thanks again Kirsty…you are an inspiration.
    X Peta-Jane X

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  51. jessi
    4 years ago

    so is it on display at the convent??? would love to go and have a look at the final piece! such an amazing idea and it appears it all came together more beautifully than you could have ever hoped for!!!

    clever peoples indeedy! xx

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  52. Christie
    4 years ago

    Not much I can say that hasn't already been said kirst, but THANK YOU for all your hard work, you did good. x

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  53. Karin
    4 years ago

    Oh Kirsty, what a wonderful job you did. All of you, ofcourse, but you made it happen in the first place. It's beautiful. The quilt just radiates the energy and love that was put into it by all who made it. I hope that when there ever is going to be a next time for something like this, I'll be there in time to be a part of it. Truly wonderful!

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  54. pippy lincolne
    4 years ago

    Awesome job, Kirst, as usual! x

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  55. Kirsty
    4 years ago

    Thanks Evie, I was so thrilled you were part of it.

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  56. Kirsty
    4 years ago

    Thank you lovely Lisa for being part of the project.

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  57. Kirsty
    4 years ago

    Awww thanks Leonie.

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  58. Kirsty
    4 years ago

    Thanks Sarah.

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  59. Kirsty
    4 years ago

    Thanks so much.

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  60. Kirsty
    4 years ago

    Thanks Stomper for your thumbs up.

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  61. Kirsty
    4 years ago

    Thanks Caroline it was so lovely to have you there. xx

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  62. Kirsty
    4 years ago

    Thanks…yes it was a lovely night.

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  63. Kirsty
    4 years ago

    Thanks so much.  I'm amazed at how affected I've been by the quilt actually.

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  64. Kirsty
    4 years ago

    Thanks so much.

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  65. Kirsty
    4 years ago

    Absolutely Karen!  It's all about the taking part.  Be brave…it's such a lot of fun.

    We try with our kids you know "it's not about winning or losing it's about how you play the game".  I remind myself of that often.

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  66. Kirsty
    4 years ago

    Thanks Mel.  I wish you could have seen it in the flesh but really appreciate your support of the project.

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  67. Kirsty
    4 years ago

    Thanks Alison.

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  68. Kirsty
    4 years ago

    It was so lovely to have you along Trash.  Thanks for the thanks. x

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  69. Kirsty
    4 years ago

    Thanks so very much.

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  70. Kirsty
    4 years ago

    I'm so glad you were Leah & that you came along on Friday to see it live.

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  71. Kirsty
    4 years ago

    Thanks Allison. x

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  72. Kirsty
    4 years ago

    Thanks Peta-Jane.  I'm actually amazed at how many people had a crack at embroidery for the first time.  Bloody good on you I say.  Your square is lovely.

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  73. debra
    4 years ago

    speechless…wish i lived a little closer

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  74. debra
    4 years ago

    speechless….want to reach out and touch

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  75. Kirsty
    4 years ago

    Sorry Jessi – it was only displayed for one night.

    Thanks so much for the thumbs up.

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  76. Kirsty
    4 years ago

    Thank YOU Christie. xxx

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  77. Kirsty
    4 years ago

    Thanks Karin.

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  78. Kirsty
    4 years ago

    Thanks Pippy Lincolne…you're tops. x

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  79. Tania
    4 years ago

    AH, I still reckon you outdid yourself this time Mrs. Someone needed to be the 'inspire' and bring it all together and we're all heartily appreciative that you did!

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  80. Michelle Menser
    4 years ago

    It is stunning Kirsty and what a story you weaved in telling how it was made and what it meant to you the weaver of the finished project.  Congrats to all involved.
    Regards
    Michelle
    http://thegypsycart.blogspot.com

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  81. Fiona
    4 years ago

    I wish I could have seen this beauty in person. Congratulations on all your hard work, Kirsty! 

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  82. Sarah
    4 years ago

    The quilt is indeed spectacular, really beautiful, you and all those who took part should feel a real sense of achievement. 
    I have only just discovered your blog (which I like very much!) which is a pity as I would have loved to have taken part or at least followed this creative journey from start to finish. 

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  83. Cath
    4 years ago

    It's utterly divine Kirsty.  I got lost in reading all the stories – i will have to go back and finish them.  So Special.

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  84. tiziana
    4 years ago

    semplicemente …..wonderful!
    my name is tiziana ,italiana girl ,I like quilt,patchwork and create with fabrics
    sorry for my english,
    thank you  so much for your tutorial

    http://www.semplicementequilt.blogspot.com

    :-)

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