I also have a penpal group that has been together for 7 yrs now and we have robins (circle letters) that we send around ......so those types have a number of letters included in the envelope. They usually have a theme in mind like sewing, crafting, gardening... but some are just for general chit chat so its like sitting around the kitchen table with everyone telling their news........
The group started off when I came up with the idea of making some quilt blocks - one each month that demonstrated something that had occurred during that month. I had 5 other ladies who decided to take part and each month we would make our block and then copy it to make 5 other blocks which we would send to each lady in the group together with a short letter telling what the block was about.
We made the whole 12 months (some blocks were just material, some applique, pieced and embroidered)................ I embroidered some extra blocks to act as headers with each of the ladies names and where they were from - 3 from Australia and 3 from US, and then I embroidered the months of the year and pieced them together...................
|I remember the tap represented we finally got water to our place by way of a bore|
|The birthday balloons Julie used represented the month full of birthdays they had!|
|And we came together through tough times like the material blocks Deanna sent that she worked on while sitting in the hospital after some of her children had been involved in a terrible fire.|
This quilt top has sat for one reason or another, and through 2 big interstate moves..... until today when I decided to have a look for it. I was answering one of the robins and it got me thinking about this quilt that needs to be finished off. So it seems I'll be doing some work on it over the next month in the hope of getting it finished.
Two of the ladies who took part in this quilt back in 2007 have blogs of their own which you might like to go and visit......... Lynda from Australia and Deanna from the US. There are still 4 of us from this original group who still keep in contact via our snail mail group, and very shortly after we completed this quilt we had a few more join us who have remained faithful in the old fashioned art of snail mail. It takes time and effort and a degree of organisation, but I would not be without my very dear penpals who have become like sisters! Of course that goes for all my other dear pen pals who are not part of this particular group, but who none the less enjoy exchanging letters.
Looks like we are about to get some rain here soon which kind of makes it nice for either sitting and sewing or sitting and writing some old fashioned snail mail! I hope you find something nice in your mailbox soon too!