Last week I described the steps involved in planning, piecing and sewing together all the snowball blocks made by Sydney Anglican ministry wives into a quilt fit for an Archbishop's wife.
We handed it over to Linda Billett and gave her carte blanche to quilt it as she thought best.
Good move! Though these indoor pics are poor in that they don't show the true colours of the fabrics, the angled lighting reveals Linda's stunning work in all it's beauty
Di B (not a ministry wife, but my good quilting buddy) helped with the task of hand stitching down the binding, which we tackled together, sitting and working on opposite sides of the quilt.
To be strictly accurate, by this point I myself was no longer a ministry wife, my clergyman DH having died suddenly and unexpectedly just a few months earlier. So co-ordinating this quilt was my last task before 'retiring'.
The final stitch!
Then it was time for a photographic session in my very favourite setting, Di B's harbourside garden.
We used one of the navy prints from the snowball corners for the bindings, and it think it adds a little fun and lightness to the finish.
One of our ministry wives quilt committee, Bronwen, made this simple shoulder bag for Christine with some of the extra blocks we received.
And this larger quilt bag has a series of cheeky blocks with the words of the rhyme 'Run, Rabbit, Run', a nod to Christine's interest in, and study of, children's books.
The quilt was presented to Christine and Peter a year ago last week (I did say this was a very overdue blog post!) and they have said the nicest things about our gift.
Our quilt took 21 months from that start in my living room to presentation, and is a tribute, both to the skill of all the quiltmakers who worked on it, and to Christine Jensen who led the Sydney Anglican ministry wives so humbly and graciously for 12 years while her husband Peter was Archbishop.