Saturday, 19 May 2012

Bloggers Quilt Festival - Spring 2012

Amy's Creative Side

I don't usually enter Amy's quilt festival as I don't have that many finished quilts.  The tops are hanging on coat hangers waiting to be quilted.  At the last count there were 4!

Anyway, I decided to this time, just because I'm missing "my baby" and showing her off to the rest of the world might help ease the pain a bit.

For new readers, I make quilts for children suffering from Leukaemia.

Last year I made a quilt for a special little boy called Morgan, who unfortunately became an angel in April of the same year. So sad.

I had already started making a red and white string quilt, based on Mary's Heartstrings's pattern, but had put it to one side as the fabric was getting repetitive and I was getting bored with  it.

A nice person in America took pity on me and sent me a box filled with red and white fabric.  My juices started flowing again and within a few days another 4 blocks had been  made.

But what to do with what was turning into a large quilt?

Morgan's mother had started to raise funds for the children's ward where Morgan had been treated so I contacted her asking if she'd be interested in auctioning this quilt in Morgan's memory and to raise funds for the West Suffolk Hospital.  She said yes!

So I sewed and sewed and sewed, showing pictures here as I progressed.

Last November she was finally finished

I used the berthing/pillowcase method to back her, with a very cuddly cream flannel, and tied her with red and white DMC Perle Cotton No 5.

She had been part of my life for over a year and I was devastated when I had to pack her up and send her on her way to England.

I finally heard this week that she will be auctioned at the West Suffolk Hospital ball in a couple of months and the money raised will help buy equipment for the children's ward, as originally planned.

I'm so pleased that finally she will find a home and hopefully will be loved as much as I love her.

I have 3 blocks left over so I'm going to make myself a memento quilt.  It won't the same as my lovely Strawberries & Cream, but at least it will be something to remember this quilt by.

So there you have it.

The story of a very much missed quilt.

More soon.


Little Island Quilting said...

You can't beat a red and white quilt!

CitricSugar said...

Beautiful quilt! Lovely story. What you do is so special...

Pippa Parsons said...

beautiful quilt and a beautiful lady ;o)

Mrs A said...

That is a lovely quilt, it looks very warm and cuddly, beautiful!

Margaret said...

It is a lovely quilt.

Check out my blog if you can...

Margaret Gunn

Mintyfresh said...

I love the single-color string quilt idea! Really stunning.

Quiltdivajulie said...

Do you need reds? I don't have any whites to share . . .

I'm glad you are going to make another version for yourself!!!

Carrie Ottmers Wikander said...

I like this and really love the colors. Sweet quilt.

one4luck said...

Beautiful quilt and what a wonderful thing to do... I have difficulty letting any of my quilts go as well, but for a cause like this... definitely.

Martine Kuciel said...

depuis l'expo à new york rouge et blanc je regarde avec beaucoup d'interet les quilts de ces couleurs joli travail ,félicitations

Salamanda's Scrappy Adventures said...

Beautiful quilt and colours