If you read my blog, you know that my sister Paula was diagnosed with colon cancer in November 2009. It is terrifying when someone you love gets this kind of diagnosis, and it has been really hard for me to be 3000 miles away from Paula during the last few months (although I did get to enjoy an extended visit with her in January shortly after her surgery). Life just doesn’t allow me to make frequent trips back East…but still, I want to be “present” for my sister. I want her to know that even though the miles separate us, I am always there in my heart. You may or may not remember that my very first quilt was made with Paula’s help (and also my niece, Abby). So, what better way to let Paula know I love her then to make her a quilt?
I chose fabrics from a designer I know Paula loves: Kaffe Fassett. These fabrics are happy, vibrant, feel-good type fabrics. I downloaded a free pattern from this site and spent two weekends before I left for the BEA stitching. I loved every second I spent making this quilt because it made me feel closer to my sister. The finished quilt size is 56″ X 56″ – a perfect lap size. Here is the finished project (*click on photos to enlarge):
But the best part? Being able to meet up with her in NYC and give her the quilt in person (*click to enjoy a larger image):