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Bloggers Quilt Festival

Welcome to Amy’s annual Quilt Festival where bloggers are encouraged to share the quilts they have made. Here is how to play:

Write a new post (old posts will be deleted).  Share one quilt, and it’s story.  Why you made it, why it is special to you, what you learned about quilting/yourself while making it.  The quilt doesn’t have to be brand new, never seen before on your blog – show what you like!  Also, please respect Amy’s efforts and the efforts of the event sponsors, and do not offer giveaways in your Quilt Festival post.

In your post, link back to the festival.  You can do this with a button, just copy and paste the code into your post, if  all else fails.

Share a permalink to your post, in the linky, then leave Amy a comment to be entered in a fantastic giveaway.

Finally, visit all the other quilters sharing their quilts and be inspired!

I’ve made quite a few quilts over the last year and half, but I decided to feature one which is especially near and dear to my heart right now.

For those of you who read my blog regularly, you know I have spent the last two months in New Hampshire with my sister Paula who recently underwent surgery for metastatic colon cancer. She has started her chemotherapy, and although that is a rough road, she is handling it very, very well. I left her house on Tuesday to begin driving back to California with Kip and Raven…and it was a hard good-bye! So I’m honoring her today by showing you the quilt I made for her.

I used Kaffe Fassett fabrics for this 56″ X 56″ lap quilt, and chose a traditional pinwheel design. Each block is framed in batik fabrics, and then sashed with a cream solid. I quilted around each block and then quilted a big X through the middle of each pinwheel.

The backing is a big piece of one of Kaffe’s fabrics which is bright and happy.

This quilt is special because of who I made it for, and why I made it. Because I live 3000 miles away from Paula, it has been hard for me to watch her battle against cancer and not be able to be by her side for every step of the way…stitching this quilt and giving it to her was like giving her a little piece of myself…and so on the roughest days she could look at it and know I was there in heart.

One of the things I learned while making this quilt was how fun it is to sew with bright, vibrant fabrics…and that when you are making something for someone else, every stitch is a joy!

Be sure to check out the other quilts entered into Amy’s quilt festival…they are all amazing!

30 Comments

  1. October 29, 2010    

    That’s a beautiful quilt! I live far from my sister, too, so I know how hard it can be when you can’t be there when they need you the most.

  2. October 29, 2010    

    This is a beautiful quilt. I’m sure the bright fabric will cheer her up on dreary days.

  3. October 29, 2010    

    What a beautiful post. I am a Kaffe fan as well. I just love the way the fabrics go together regardless of color or scale.

    Carol

  4. October 29, 2010    

    The quilt you made for your sister is gorgeous! My grandmother was a quilter. She used to make quilts from all of the fabric remnants of the pieces left over from making our dresses when we were little. I have a quilt she made that I wrap up in when I am reading. Quilts are special and I bet your sister will treasure hers!

  5. October 29, 2010    

    What a wonderful gift for your sister! I’m in awe of your talent.

  6. October 29, 2010    

    Oh, blessings to you and your sister, I can’t imagine going through it at such a distance from her! Lovely quilt.

  7. October 29, 2010    

    The quilt is lovely Wendy. It must be so hard to have to head for home:(

  8. October 29, 2010    

    You are so talented and have an eye for color. I’m so glad that you were able to spend time with your sister recently and making that quilt for her is something she will always treasure !

  9. sew lovins sew lovins
    October 29, 2010    

    Love the colors!

  10. October 30, 2010    

    While I do not sew a button on a shirt – reading the Elm Creek Quilt novels has inspired me to try this craft. I am not sure that I will ever make a full-sized bedspread, but perhaps a placemat would be more my speed 🙂

    The quilt is beautiful and I know your sister not only appreciates that gift – but all the time and care you have provided for her and her family. I know saying good-bye must have been difficult.

  11. October 30, 2010    

    Your sister will have a hug from you each time she is wrapped in your quilt. I will keep her in my prayers 🙂

  12. Anna Lomasney Anna Lomasney
    October 30, 2010    

    A beautiful quilt! Tears sprang to my eyes when I saw your label – it is just so sweet and touching and completely captures the love you give when you give a quilt. Thank you for sharing this!

  13. October 30, 2010    

    A beautiful gift for your sister. I hope all goes well for her.

  14. October 30, 2010    

    Touching and beautiful! What an amazing quilt. I have been inspired to try the same design and step out of the “square block.” 😀 I will be praying for Paula as well.

  15. October 31, 2010    

    Great vibrant colors!

  16. October 31, 2010    

    Delightful! Just wanted to mention that I have some short episodes (127-131) on women quilting.

  17. November 1, 2010    

    Oh its so gorgeous!! the colours look amazing!! Thanks for sharing xx

  18. November 1, 2010    

    It is a beautiful quilt.

  19. November 1, 2010    

    What a wonderful post and a beautiful quilt! I love that you combine quilting, family, and books on your blog. Your sister will be in my thoughts.

  20. November 1, 2010    

    Beautiful!! I love all the vibrant colors but moreso the wonderful sentiment behind the gift. I’m sure Paula will feel like she’s getting a hug from you each time she uses it. Much love to you, Wendy; you’re a wonderful sister. You’ve inspired me to do something nice for my sister- I don’t quilt, but I do bake, so she’ll be getting some treats in the mail soon.

  21. November 1, 2010    

    The colours are wonderful and they work so well in this quilt. It looks great. What a lovely gift!

  22. November 2, 2010    

    What a fun quilt with the bright colors and pinwheels! I hope your sister gets better soon.

  23. November 2, 2010    

    That’s such a beautiful quilt, Wendy. I’m glad to hear your sister doing OK. I’m also far from my sisters, and always feel sad at the end of visits. I love that pic of the two of your wrapped in the quilt!

  24. November 2, 2010    

    I meant to say “I’m glad to hear your sister is doing OK”! 🙂

  25. November 2, 2010    

    Such a beautiful & vibrant quilt and I’m sure it’s a much loved gift. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  26. November 2, 2010    

    I love Kaffe fabrics and I think this quilt is really so cheery and bright. May it bring your sister joy and comfort as heals her body. What a wonderful choice of fabrics and pattern.
    Enjoy the festival.
    Regards,
    Anna

  27. Leslie Schmidt Leslie Schmidt
    November 3, 2010    

    A lovely quilt full of sisterly love. Very touching and inspiring.

  28. November 7, 2010    

    Lovely quilt! Best of luck to your sister. 🙂

  29. November 9, 2010    

    wonderful quilt, these are great colors!

  30. November 14, 2010    

    Thank you to all of you who stopped by and left a comment! I loved reading your thoughts…

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