Fabric, Flowers and Fruitage

Patches of Hope

Posted on: May 19, 2013

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I started this quilt several weeks ago.  A dear friend called me that chilly March morning to tell me that her mother had passed away, somewhat unexpectedly.  She lives several hours away, and I just wanted to reach through the phone and hug her, comfort her.

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I had just received a WONDERFUL birthday present from my WONDERFUL husband – a Janome Horizon MC8200.  So almost as soon as I hung up, I thought, I’ll make her a quilt!  I hurried home and began culling fabrics from my stash.  I wasn’t sure what I was going to do yet, but I knew I wanted flowers and color.

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It’s a mix and match of some contemporary fabrics as well as fabrics I have had for years.  Some Amy Butler, Tula Pink, Marmalade, Dena Designs – and many fabrics I can’t even begin to remember where I got them! ! I LOVE Kona Snow, so I decided to use it for the sashing.  I had hoped to get it done quickly, so I chose a simple lattice pattern.  The large squares give the fabrics a chance to ‘speak for themselves’, don’t you think?

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I found this GORGEOUS, colorful paisley and decided to use it as the binding.  It just seemed to pull all the colors I used together.

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Since I was just breaking in my new machine, I used a large all-over stippling pattern to quilt it.  Machine quilting has not been my favorite thing to do since my old machine didn’t have a very large throat plate.  The Janome has a nice big workspace, so maybe my skills will improve!!

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The quilt measures 65 1/4″ x 65 1/4″.  I can’t decide which is my favorite fabric!  I love this one from Tula Pink’s “The Birds and the Bees” collection:

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And this one from the “London” collection by Dena Designs for Free Spirit Fabrics just makes me smile:

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. . . which is what I hope my friend will do when she gets this. I have SUCH a problem estimating how long a project will take!!  I had thought I’d get it done within a week – silly me!!  When did I finish it?  3 days ago!  So when I heard about the Blogger’s Quilt Festival, I decided to enter this one. I will get the quilt to her soon, though, with the prayer that she will know how much she is loved.

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3 Responses to "Patches of Hope"

It’s beautiful. What a thoughtful gift for your friend! I hope it brings her much comfort.

Thank you, citricsugar! I hope so too!

I love it, Kathy!!

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