No sooner was World Book Night up and running than a friend with Olympian family connections (thank you Family Allenby) contacted me about Quilts4London and I feel another wave of enthusiasm surging up from nowhere.
Having been fervent Olympians since forever ... well Rome 1960 is the first we can truly recall, Tokyo is when the scrapbooks started, and we have watched every games since, so Bookhound and I are all set to apply for our 2012 tickets when the shenanigans begin on March 15th. We can only hope for a robust website that can cope with the traffic and of course there is no rush, applications won't be processed or tickets allocated for 45 days or so I think, and we feel we have as much chance as anyone else of success.
Top of the list is at least a day at the Athletics, but this being the Olympics I can get enthused about anything really... if we only get tickets for the Archery or the Synchronised Swimming that'll have to do. Bookhound hints that he'd be happy with the velodrome but what's the betting we end up sitting on a cliff at Weymouth in the pouring rain with a thermos and soggy sandwiches watching the Women's One Person Dinghy - Laser Radial about which we know nothing. But we do know we have to be there and be part of it if we possibly can.
And I love the Quilts4London idea of making a pennant for every competitor, all 14,000 of them. I am a great lover of the the gift of a quilted item, witness these four little 6" square pieces I made for our Canadian visitors last year using the fabric bought at the V&A Quilt exhibition.
There are dire warnings about not using official London 2012 Olympic logos etc and to be honest, have you seen it?
Would you even try to copy it?
But there doesn't seem to be a problem with doves, and as the deadline for submission is December 2011 I have some time to plan my contribution and applique some on it somewhere somehow.