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.