Friday, May 20, 2011

Blogger Quilt Festival Spring 2011

It's Spring Blogger Quilt Festival time and this year I've been so busy I almost missed out. I couldn't think of any quilts that I'd made recently that were really special to me. I've made a ton of quilts in years past, but this year with the birth of my daughter and the death of my mother I realized I haven't made any quilts. It was a shocking realization! I've been sewing and quilting the whole time, just not making quilts. I've made blankets, shoes, burp clothes, pillowcases, and lots of other odds and ends, but no quilts. I finally decided I did have a quilt I wanted in the festival. This quilt is special to me because I made it out of my pink scraps and I hate scraps, so I was glad to use them up! I have a hard time using them. I was pattern testing for Gudrun Erla (GE Designs) new book Strip On back in Sept. of 2009. I made this quilt quickly and really enjoyed the pattern. It wasn't my typical quilt. In deciding what to make I pulled the pinks because my mom was a breast cancer survivor. She loved pinks and I figured I could give it to her. I made the top and quilted it up for her Christmas present in 2009. She received it for Christmas, just days after receiving word she had inoperable brain cancer. The breast cancer had metasticized into her lungs and brain. They started radiation and it slowed the cancer, allowing her to live well for a year.
Mom Pink Quilt
I quilted it with loops in a dark pink thread on my quilt frame.
Mom Pink Quilt
I even quilted my name into it, something I've only done on this quilt.
Mom Pink Quilt
I made the label on mom's embroidery software and then stitched it out on her embroidery machine.
Mom Pink Quilt

I put all my love into this quilt and it kept mom cozy and warm. The brain cancer came back strong again Christmas 2010 and she passed away on February 11, 2011. This quilt will always remind me of my mom and the strength she had in all the pain she endured throughout her 6.5 year fight with breast cancer.
Check out the other quilters on the blogger festival.

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11 comments:

Sara said...

That quilt will always have such special meaning for you and your family.

stitchinpenny said...

What a wonderful thoughtful gift and it will always bring the memories of seeing your mom wrapped in it and the love you shared.

Kate said...

What a beautiful pink ribbon quilt and a lovely way to remember your mother.

Siobhan said...

Moneik, What a beautiful quilt filled with so many memories. A real treasure :)

Fabric Warrior said...

I am very sorry for your loss. The quilt is a beautiful tribute. I love the loops, and the pattern is divine. Wonderful job! : )

Andee said...

So sorry to hear of the loss of your mother...your quilt is beautiful and I am sure she was comforted by it as you are now. My mom was just diagnosed with breast cancer and so your post really touched me.

Quiltbenaco said...

Un bel ricordo sicuramente!
Ciao

Anne Ida said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your Mum! Hopefully this beautiful quilt will give you some warmth and comfort now. Thank you for sharing.

Jen said...

This quilt is beautiful, I hope it will always bring you good memories of your mother.

Annie said...

You made a beautiful quilt and I'm sure your mother cherished it from the moment she saw it.

Vesuviusmama said...

Moneik,
I've been remiss in following blogs lately, so I missed the news about your mom. I'm sorry for your loss. What a blessing to have a new little one to keep your mind occupied while you grieve and heal.