Every Cloud has a Silver Lining won the Viewer's Choice Award at the Quilts from Pigeon Inlet Quilt Show last weekend. This piece was hand appliqued and hand quilted by Joanne O'Brien. It was a block of the month quilt (pattern by Aie Rossmann) which she started in 2004 or 2005. Joanne made about 12 blocks (three each month) and then proceeded very sporadically until spring 2009 when she spent two weeks in hospital because of a heart problem. During this time in hospital, she worked on the 'heart' blocks and completed most of them. When the guild decided to have the quilt show, she decided that this quilt would be ready.
Joanne said that 'working on the quilt helped me through the past two years - thus the title of the work Every Cloud has a Silver Lining.