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.
I quilted it with loops in a dark pink thread on my quilt frame.
I even quilted my name into it, something I've only done on this quilt.
I made the label on mom's embroidery software and then stitched it out on her embroidery machine.
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.