Monday, 7 July 2014

Soy Amado No. 50

Did we really get to 50 so quickly.

I guess we did.

That's an amazing one thousand blocks I've sewn together. If you'd told me six months ago I wouldn't have believed you.

Technically that means I've reached my goal BUT (!) I still have a few more blocks here to sew into a couple of quilts, plus I know of a box in transit from Canada with 100 blocks in so I'll still carry on till I've got these out the way.

Now for No. 50, I  asked The Photographer to get the cruise ship in with the quilt as I thought it would make for an interesting shot and this is what I discovered when I uploaded the images to the computer.

Possibly not completely what I had in mind.




No. 50 is all about pinks and purples and the other pig whose mate appears in No. 47. A female pig no less with a rather fetching white bow in her hair.

And we're levitating quite nicely too.


Note the clouds - we've had a little rain but not enough.


As you can perhaps see, there are some beautiful quilting skills going on with this one.



Soy Amado No. 50



And as promised, a little look back at the last six months.

Wow!



And what did I learn from the last six months?


  • That it is far easier and much less hassle to turn the other cheek and not do anything 
  • But so much more rewarding if you do something

  • That you don't need the latest and designated 'must have' fabric to make great quilts
  • Whatever you have to hand is just as good and far more personal

  • That help doesn't always come from where you think it will come 
  • But it will come and from people and places you didn't even know existed before 

  • Not everyone will understand the concept of 12  1/2" (and some people won't understand the concept of quilted quilt blocks either!)
  • But I became very adept at fudging up to a quarter of an inch more or less

  • That if I ever do something like this again I really do need to mix up my footwear some more





38 comments:

  1. Wow. Big congrats on 50! I've enjoyed looking at every single one. I always love how you use the Britten Numer fabric. :) You've done such a service to those children. Thank you.

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  2. Well done! What a great project!

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  3. Amazing job and it made me cry xx

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  4. Congrats to reaching 50! What a wonderful gift you give them!

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  5. You are amazeballs! 1,000 blocks - phew! I loved seeing all the quilts in your roundup and there were loads I had forgotten.
    Now go and buy yourself some new sandals :)
    PS) This project has converted my husband to liking my quilting habit. That's a miracle too ;)

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  6. The big FIVE OH!! Congratulations. What you have accomplished is just amazing.
    I'm glad to see you are continuing for awhile yet. After all sorts of procrastination I finally got mine off to you via registered mail and it appears they arrived last week. Yay!

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  7. Fantastic! Glad to have been able to support your project and help you make that amazing difference at the orphanage.

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  8. you're just great! and I would say: "goed bezig!"

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  9. Amazing lady! Well done. I've just parcelled up a few more - not 100 you'll be glad to hear!

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  10. I am so gkad to be part of this amazing projct!
    You are fabukous!
    Esther

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  11. I just found your blog and are amazed/humbled at what you and the quilting community are accomplishing. If you are in need of anymore blocks, let me know. I'd love to contribute!

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  12. That is truly amazing! Can't believe you got to fifty in 6 months. Welle done!!

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  13. A levitating pig? They can fly!! Gorgeous quilt - a fabulous 'end' to a great project. You are amazing.

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  14. you are absolutely amazing, and hilarious, and you've done a great thing!!!!
    loved the flipagram...
    xoxo
    eva

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  15. What a girly quilt! Congrats to your big amazing finish!

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  16. Wow, the big 50! Its been an amazing journey to watch you make these beautiful quilts. I was so embarassed to send in some of my blocks, but you made them look fabulous!

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  17. Wow you absolutely rock, what a wonderful thing you and all the folks who made the blocks have done! You are an inspiration, not only for all the quilts you put together, but also that all these quilts were given away! What a wonderfully generous project! I think I will try out some "quilt as you go" projects!!!!!!

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  18. Really enjoyed your video montage set to music. I got a little misty watching it. You and your block contributors have done such a wonderful thing with these quilts!

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  19. 50 and Not Out! In only 6 months! Amazing achievement. Loved the flipagram reminder of the work you have been doing putting together all those different blocks from around the world. Such a great Project. You deserve to be proud of yourself. Seeing the bright quilts on the beds in Mexico gives me a wonderful feeling - goodness knows how you feel when you see the rather grim-looking beds transformed into welcoming, homely ones. Enjoy opening the last of your parcels of blocks.

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  20. I am applauding your fantastic achievement and the generosity of so many people! Makes the world seem a better place! Well done to the holder uppers too - it wouldn't have been the same without them

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  21. Je verdient een dikke pluim!
    I applaud all the work you’ve done, all the beautiful blocks made, the holder uppers and your sweet little island! Well done Alison! Thanks for sharing the video, love that music!

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  22. Oh wow Alison what an achievement. You should be so proud of what you've accomplished in the last 6 months, it's just incredible. And how wonderful seeing those quilts on their beds in Mexico. I'd still love to come and give you a hand for the day, you say when :-)

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  23. It's an amazing achievement. I didn't send any blocks in because of the point you mentioned above about how some people didn't get the concept. I just knew I'd mess up somehow and send you something you really wished I hadn't. I've never done a quilt where you add the blocks like this so wasn't sure how the edges were supposed to be left lol

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  24. Wowzers! So impressive and well done. Thank you for your dedication and service to help make someone's life just a little bit more special by providing them with a lovely quilt. Blessings!

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  25. wow! 50! What an amazing difference you're making! I love the purples in this quilt and the quilting skills are amazing.

    You're cracking me up with your Lessons Learned list. Love your honesty.

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  26. Congrats! It's been inspiring to see all the different quilts that have been made.

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  27. Cheers on 50! And I'm happy to have one of my blocks in the 50th.

    Here is a link for US people who want to redirect their efforts--they take blocks(unquilted), quilts or tops. http://sunshineonlinequiltguild.blogspot.com

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  28. Huge achievement, well done to you and your helpers. Think what good could be done if we harnessed the power of quilters. So glad to have taken part.

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  29. Actually seeing the quilts on beds of the home was amazing and touching- especially given my own experience in volunteering in children's homes abroad. I also had to chuckle at your comment about 12.5"- I was involved in helping with the Quilts for Boston effort and we were AMAZED at what we received and it was quite the labor of love to use some of what was sent.

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  30. I have some blocks to quilt and send. Could you email me the address? Thanks for an opportunity to help these children.

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  31. Love that first photo, ha ha. This is going to make some little girl very happy :)

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  32. CONGRATULATIONS - You have done an amazing job, 50 quilts is an incredible job, I hope you are feeling extremely pleased with yourself. Brilliant, just brilliant!

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  33. Fantastic effort! Great work with the different quilting patterns too!

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  34. An amazing achievement A! Well done! Jxo

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  35. As you know, I never had any doubt. I am so proud to know you, you have done such a fantastic job with this project!

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  36. *stands on her chair and applauds* *and cheers* *and maybe sheds a tear or two*

    Well done on your amazing achievement! Now take a bow and then have a rest!

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  37. Hi! So, I made about 50 blocks for Soy Amado, but each time I've tried to leave a comment for you and get the address to send them, you seem not to have received my message. So here I am trying again. At this point I think it might be easier if I just turn the blocks into quilts myself and send them directly. Is that even possible? Please email me at ojinot@juno.com or leave a comment on my blog tonijosews.wordpress.com so that I can either send you the blocks (if you still want them) or send quilts directly to the orphanage. (Any time children are involved, a few "extras" are always a good thing, right?) Thank you!

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