Grandmother' Choice top
Blocks by KayelleKiwi
Finished by ColvinKiwi
Those of us you who read our Flickr Discussion Group comments know of the recent loss of Keyelle Kiwi, a member of our worldwide digital group.
Centennial for New Zealand
Sisters ColvinKiwi and KayelleKiwi worked on the Grandmother's Choice blocks together although CK lived in the U.S. and KK in New Zealand. The internet and Skype made collaboration across the Pacific possible.
KK (Kerry) made all the blocks but she became too ill to finish her top so her sister put on the borders while saying goodbye in New Zealand.
ColvinKiwi wrote this lovely tribute:
"I'm hoping that you will remember my sister KayelleKiwi who had made her blocks with a bright and breezy colorway.
With a very heavy heart I want to tell you that she passed away on Tuesday, October 29, 2013.
When she received her cancer diagnosis in September 2012 I encouraged her to work on the Grandmother's Choice project as something to do to distract her from all the medical business. It gave the two of us something to share (often using skype) despite the fact that she lived in New Zealand and I live in the USA.
On Friday Oct 25 when I arrived in NZ she asked me if I would please make the borders for her quilt top and then get it to the longarm quilter as she wanted it to be a Christmas gift for a family member. I am immensely grateful that I was able to do this before I came home again.
A special thank you goes to Dawn Copp the longarm quilter who quilted and machine stitched on the binding for me within a 36 hour period so I could see it was almost done before I had to come home. It is now with our non-quilter sister to do the final handstitching of the binding and label.
Quiltmaking is a great form of therapy and I know my sister got a lot of joy out of reading your comments about her blocks. Maybe you'll think of her when you see a flash of lime green paired with black."
The color theme was Kiwi greens and black.
Do browse through Kayelle Kiwi's photostream to see her lively blocks and how they reflect her home.
Our sympathies to ColvinKiwi.