Friday, May 21, 2010

Blogger’s Quilt Festival!

Thanks to Amy for sponsoring the Blogger’s Quilt Festival.  I know I will spend hours looking at all of your beautiful quilts, and hope that you will follow the link above.  It’s a lot of fun!   This is a quilt I finished a few months ago for my co-worker who is battling malignant melanoma.  She is currently struggling with her first round of chemo, which requires daily hospital visits for a month.  We are all praying for her.  

I used a soft apple green minky fabric for the back.  I took every precaution in prewashing and testing the permanent pens (note Sharpie markers are not 100% waterproof—thank goodness I found out before I tried to use them on the blocks).  I sprinkled the blocks with water and ironed them before I put the quilt together to make sure it wouldn’t bleed. I was disappointed to find that a few of the pens still bled into the fabric a bit during the final washing.  Here are some pictures of the quilt
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Some close up pictures of the messages before it was quilted.  I was so glad I had gathered quotes from the internet as several people used them.  All of the messages were very inspiring!
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Faith
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Hope
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Love
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My co-worker made a beautiful tote bag, with lots of pockets, to put the quilt in.  We filled the tote with small books of crossword puzzles, email jokes, candy, gum, hand lotion, lip balm, tissue, a water bottle, and a card signed by everyone.

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26 comments:

  1. What a fabulous quilt you made. I'm sure it will provide your friend with comfort as she goes through the coming days.

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  2. The quilt is so pretty and the signatures are enough to bring tears to anyone's eyes. You're such a sweet person to do that for her. I think you handled it perfectly too.

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  3. What a blessing you are! she will be so comforted with this through all the treatments! i'm so humbled by this post...

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  4. What an inspiring and literally comforting gift for your friend. Thanks for sharing your quilting.
    Come see my antique quilt
    http://utahquiltappraiser.blogspot.com
    Sandra Starley

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  5. What a beautiful gift to give your co-worker.

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  6. What a beautiful quilt of love for your friend to wrap herself in in her time of challenge.

    Thanks for sharing. Regards, Sue

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  7. What a beautiful quilt! I love all the inspiring sentiments!!

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  8. This is wonderful. Just wonderful. And so unique. I love the tote bag with the assortment of comfort items, but especially the quilt. This is the perfect gift!

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  9. What a beautiful quilt. The sentiments expressed would make a beautiful quilt, without the great fabrics and blocks. And vice versa; the fabrics and blocks are great all by themselves. But with the combination of everything, I just love love love this quilt.

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  10. What a wonderful and thoughful gift. Just awesome.

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  11. I remember you talking about that quilt. It turned out so beautifully and the bag is super. I enjoyed seeing all the messages by the workers. I am sure that she will cherish that quilt forever!

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  12. This is one of my favorite color combinations. I find it so soothing. And I'm sure all the sentiments and concern poured into this quilt are very meaningful for your friend. Such a good idea to put it in a fun bag with all those treats.

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  13. Very beautiful quilt work !

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  14. What a thoughtful comforting gift for your co-worker. And I love the way it was accompanied by the tote filled with useful goodies. I have a feeling that your experience and ideas for organizing the quilt will be borrowed and will delight other recipients down the road.

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  15. This is a truly special quilt. I'm sure it gives your co-worker much comfort during this difficult time. Wonderful!

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  16. A stunning gift that I am sure brings warmth and comfort to your friend during her difficult days.
    Very nice bag too- she is blessed with such thoughtful supportive friends.
    Your cat is very handsome on your header. We have an orange cat also- Her name is Mars but she has some white on her chest and paws. She is a quilt diva- perhaps your cat is too?
    Enjoy the festival- there are so many terrific quilts to view.
    Regards from a Western Canadian quilter,
    Anna
    http://quiltmomsjourney.blogspot.com/

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  17. Beautiful! What a special quilt!

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  18. What a wonderful sentiment and quilt.

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  19. What an awesome take on a signature quilt. This should be called the Encourager Quilt! Sew On!

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  20. I truly think that you couldn't have presented anything more valuable than a quilt, some love, and constant encouragement for someone in such a situation.

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  21. Absolutely breathtaking! BTW...I adore the picture you use as your header. Piwacket says Red is one stud muffin.

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  22. What a beautiful gift for your colleague. I hope she comes through OK.

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  23. Lovely......quilters are the best and most generous people I know.....you've done a wonderful thing :0)

    Happy sewing

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  24. Man, I'm all teary eyed reading this....what a great gift!

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  25. a precious quilt for a special friend--wishing her good results. i made a total minky blanket for my sister in law as she went through chemo--i'd knew how cold a person gets during this time. my dsil said it was so helpful to have it, as i know your friend will--a warm hug from those who love her

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