Saturday, April 05, 2008

Hands Across the Ocean...


To Nellie, who is Giving A Hand to a friend, Teoda Linda of Appunti Patch . As Teoda says:

"My goal is to get as many hands as possible to compose a big fresco for our friend.In order to get a beautiful fresco I need various fabrics and colors. And so there will be a sort of unit, power and sense of whole coming from this work. Somehow the only freedom is the choice of fabric and color. No matter the quality of the fabric, no matter whether it is new or used, what counts is to understand this project and to participate for the pleasure of doing it.

Instructions: Take a piece of fabric, a material or a color that reminds of you. On the back side of the fabric trace the contour of your hand (right or left like you prefer).Then cut leaving from 5 to 8 cm for the arm.

Do not embroider, do not embellish , do not collect anything. Do not try to distinguish with your name, adding pearls or anything else. I really insist about this !!!!!

There is no need to line it either, it is really necessary that the hand is in accordance with the others.Put your hand in an envelope and send it to me, writing separately on a piece of sheet your name or your nickname.

There is no need of inscriptions nor confirmations, and to gain more time I leave my address:

FREDERIQUE BOULOGNE
3 BIS RUE DE LA LIBERTE
67114 ESCHAU (France)

Especially do not lose time writing me by e-mail to tell that you want to participate, or to explain that you could. That you have not been able to. It would be only lost time .... The time, that we need so much!I won't send e-mail to confirm that I've received your hand but everyday in a corner of my blog I'll update the list of the received hands.And above all, please do it as soon as possible.Those who want to show their hands on their blogs, explaining for example their choice of materials and colors, and perhaps this will allow other quilters to add their hands to ours.

Come on then, help me to demonstrate that the virtuality of our relations is based on the reality of our friends.And if you have any questions ask here on the comments of this post I'll reply so that everyone can take advantage from them.I'll count on you and your friendship. A big thanks in advance!"

note:
I am delighted to give my hand in friendship and caring through Nellie, to her friend, Teoda Linda, and back to Frederique, in France. My fabric cut-out hand is 'filled' with antique needlecases. Since I couldn't decorate the fabric hand, I made a photo collage for this blog, instead :)

WHAT TO DO:
Trace your hand on fabric of choice, place in envelope, mail to address above in France (first class postage, I put 2 stamps) Post on this project on your own blog, linking the chain back to this post of mine, and let the chain of hands begin to reach around America and Across the Sea and Beyond!

With Heart and Hands, A Quilting Journey: Hands Across the Ocean... Michele in Salem, Oregon

6 comments:

  1. very cool idea-my hand will soon be on the way. Thanks for the heads-up.

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  2. Great idea. I'll pop over and leave a comment.

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  3. That's a very expressive hand ... especially in your collage.

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  4. Wonderful... I'll make my hand tonight and mail it tomorrow... what a marvelous project!

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  5. Glad to lend a hand this weekend! After 9/11 I asked friends to trace around their hands and send the drawing to me for a quilt border. Sad to say it's still an UFO - but maybe later this year ...

    doni in Nebraska for 54 more days!

    Going to Sisters this year????

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  6. Wonderful hand.........
    Frezzia will have hands from all over the world.
    ciao ciao

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Michele Bilyeu blogs "With Heart and Hands" as she journeys between Douglas, Alaska and Salem, Oregon.