Our friends Geoff and Pauline are keen caravanners, just like us, and joined us earlier in the year on our 3 month South Island Odyssey trip. They had to cut their holiday trip a little short as Pauline had a date with a surgeon, to get a hip replacement. I stitched her a “Get Well” gift of a New Zealand themed cushion, and we delivered it to her yesterday. Made from a fat quarter of New Zealand fabric printed with flax, trees, and ferns, I machine quilted around the border of each individual design.
Now sporting a new hip, Pauline is moving around very well with the aid of her crutches. She has to be careful to take things easy in these early days, and not overdo things, not an easy task for someone with Pauline’s energy. The cushion was made for for their caravan, so we braved the showers, walked outside, and placed the new cushion on the couch of the caravan.
I knew Pauline wasn’t a quilter, so I was surprised when she told me that she had made a tee-shirt quilt. Pauline was a keen runner and walker, and the highlight of her competitions was taking part in (and completing) a marathon. Her marathon days are behind her now, she says, but as soon as her hip is healed and she gets the OK from the surgeon, there will be no stopping her from resuming her walking. The printed tee shirt fronts had been stitched on to a blue background fabric, she has used polar fleece as a backing, and bound it all with wide satin ribbon. Not bad for a first effort!