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!