I made the centre block in 1998, and then we each followed instructions from the book "Rounds of Friendship" (by Debbie Herd, now out of print) for the surrounding rounds. At the time, my favourite designer was Debbie Mumm, and my block was made entirely from her dusty, country colours.
At the time we lived far apart, and the quilts clocked up a lot of miles between Wimbledon (UK), two sides of Sydney (Australia) and Nowra (Australia.) Neither of my sisters had a sewing machine, so their rounds were all done by hand.
In 1999, my UK sister was planning a trip home for a holiday, and we sewed like crazy so we'd be able to swap the completed tops in person. We each ended up with a fabulous top, which showed each woman's stitching skills and preferences, all to our own themes.
We then spent a day sandwiching and basting so each person could begin quilting immediately.
In 2001, I finished hand quilting this queen size quilt, and bound it. In 2002, I entered it in the Sydney Royal Easter Show, where it won a second prize (and I nearly burst with pride.)
It's also my favourite because my husband thinks it is terrific.
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