Patches of Hope
Posted May 19, 2013on:
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.
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.
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?
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.
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!!
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:
And this one from the “London” collection by Dena Designs for Free Spirit Fabrics just makes me smile:
. . . 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.