To quote from one of Jerome's favorite films, Wizard of Oz, "Joy, rapture!"
They finally arrived today! My envelope of half-square triangles was in the mailbox when I returned from a day of errands on this rainy Good Friday. I had been listening to a recorded version of The Aloha Quilt in my car as I drove back and forth from Onalaska. I was really in the quilter's frame of mind.
For now, I've only taken the time to read each label just to know where they come from. I haven't even peeked at the fabric combinations yet. They're from England, Scotland, Finland, Netherlands, Switzerland, New Zealand, Australia, 5 Canadian provinces, and 44 states. And I didn't get a single one of my own back in the exchange. However did they accomplish the task?? Of the 560 who sent them, very few sent the exact same number of units. I sent 420 and was to receive 420 in return. I don't know if I'll bother to count, what will it matter?? There are also a few dozen in my collection that are unidentified, so I'll never know where they're from. That makes me a bit sad. I haven't any idea how I'll keep track of their origins as I go about creating with them. For now it's enough just to feel the collective love and enthusiasm rising from this treasure.