Wednesday, May 5, 2010

pink quilt #1 finished

I've finished the quilt for my friend and coworker, Julie, who is battling breast cancer. I will be giving it to her this Saturday, when I join our company's team for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk. If anyone reading this feels inclined, you can donate here. (I hope that link works - let me know if not!). No pressure - just thought I'd throw it out there!

I hope she likes the quilt - I know I sure do! It's all vintage linens, including the gingham (a Pottery Barn sheet) and the backing, and it's so amazingly soft and cozy. And I even hand-sewed the binding - ha! Check out the scrappy binding and those perfect corners!

It's made with 6" squares - two each of 35 different prints. The final dimensions are about 55" x 77".

The quilting is pretty simple, just straight "edge stitching" along the seams, and then diagonals one way through the prints and the other way through the gingham.

Of course I had to sneak in a picture with miss cutie pie!

I still haven't figured out the label, but I'm leaning towards a John Muir quote that I saw recently on Bloom:

"Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves."

I just love it, and I like that there's nothing too overtly "get well! chin up!" about it. Just a feeling of serenity, I hope. I hope...

I've already started on another one of these, for my high school friend Kelli, who is fighting too. Cancer sucks.


  1. Beautiful quilt! Appreciate all your tutorials too. From one vintage sheet lover to another...

    Warm hugs,

  2. Two lovely cuties. Beautiful quilt and very cute pose there from mis cutie pie!

  3. this is such a pretty quilt! i wish i could quilt like you.

  4. this is beautiful. i love the quote! excellent corners

  5. It's gorgeous - the quilt, the binding, and the kid! :) I love that quote - sounds perfect.

  6. You've done a wonderful job..what a precious gift to give!

  7. Such a pretty quilt! I don't think I will ever get tired of seeing vintage sheets. Talk about coincidences. I also have a friend named Julie who's been battling breast cancer. This Saturday we are doing Race for the Cure on her team. I made her a quilt a while back and it meant so much to her.

  8. Evelyn, the quilt is absolutely beautiful. She will love it and know that you care for her.

  9. The quilt is a beauty - you know I love how this simple layout to show of the pretty vintage fabrics ; )

    Miss cutie pie is a very proper name for your daughter, btw...