Karen received a very special letter from Kiwi and this is just part of it.
It was so humbling to receive the quilt. I felt very proud. I'm the only one (of my family) who has served in the military that I'm aware of. I am constantly getting comments about my laundry bag and the beautiful quilt you made for me. I cannot thank you enough for your efforts. Thank you Karen. Rest assured I will take good care of the beautiful quilt as it is now our new family heirloom. I can't wait to show them the quilt, let alone the finer details. You are not just a friend, I consider you family (if that is OK)
In the early days Karen sewed a batch of laundry bags. One particular box was sent to the Executive Officer (XO) at Headquarters 7RAR Task Group. As she described herself as Kiwi Karen, the XO sought out their own resident Kiwi and gave him one of Karen's laundry bags and passed that information back to me.
Of course Karen's first question was "Well does he have a quilt?" Her second Kiwi quilt was started and this time she translated a cross stitch bookmark designed by Lyn Manning into a quilt. The red and green materials are Ponga Koru. Ponga means silver fern and koru means either shrubby plant or fold, loop, coil or curled root, hence the swirls on the material. Sorry the photo is not better. The fabric used for the eyes is inspired by paua shell.
Karen has made two other Kiwi quilts but those are a story for another night, mainly because I am too tired to write any more now after driving 8 hours today. I am off to anser emails and then hit the sack.
Till next time..................keep spreading the word and happy stitching! JMxx