Helen from the United Kingdom recently arranged to send some purple-centred blocks to Megan, the Australian HeartStrings coordinator – see photo above. (Does this mean that we have our first international HeartStrings quilt?)
Megan was amused, however, to discover that the inspection dogs used by the Australian Quarantine service were very interested in the blocks. So much so that they indicated – by yapping? howling? wagging their tails? – that the package warranted closer inspection. And so when the blocks were delivered to Megan in Sydney they included a polite note from the Quarantine service to indicate that while the dogs had been very interested, “no items of quarantine concern were detected” by the human inspectors. That’s nice to know!