This quilt is one of my favourite ones. It is bright, and cheerful - it's actually much brighter in person than in the photo. When I laid it out in my room before shipping, it just brightened it right up.
The story behind this quilt goes back to my very first quilting experience. An on-line friend was diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer late in 2003. A group of us from an e-mail list decided to make her a friendship quilt. We couldn't provide our support in person, so we wanted to send her something to remind her how much we all cared. I had never quilted before, although I had learned to sew as a girl and was making most of my children's clothes at that time. I decided to participate, and made my very first quilt block. The colours for her quilt were her favourite ones - purple and green. All the blocks - about 48 of them - we assembled by one of our members and the quilt was delivered in 2004.
She went through a lot in the next year or so, a double mastectomy, reconstructive surgery, chemotherapy, but was declared free of the cancer. And I was completely hooked on quilting. I have been quilting ever since that first block. Because of how I got started, I try to donate some of my quilts to groups that support cancer research and help people dealing with cancer in their lives. In particular, I have donated a quilt to theQuilt.com every year for their auction, since 2006.
In 2007, Michelle's cancer came back. In her bones, in her kidneys, and her battle started again. Again, I couldn't do anything directly for her, as she lived on the other side of the continent. So I decided that my next donation to theQuilt would be in her honour. I happened across a beautiful pattern, from Northcott fabrics and I decided to do it in purple & green for Michelle. The border fabric jumped out at me, and I worked from that basis, with much help from the ladies at several quilt shops. After a couple of false starts and some fabric changes, I had what I wanted. Started the quilt in 2007, and finished it in December 2008 - just in time for the 2009 Quilt Auction. Sadly, Michelle passed away in June 2008. The quilt was donated to the auction in her memory.
My mother was visiting while I was finishing this quilt, and she fell in love with it when she saw it. She even helped me finish the hand-stitching on the binding. It was obvious that she would have loved to have the quilt, but it was promised for the auction, and I packed it up and shipped it off. For the next few months she liked to remind me how I'd given away "her" quilt :)
I thought I would make her a new one, which she would love just as much. I hunted and hunted, and even started a quilt, but none of the options I found could compare to that bright cheerful quilt she had seen at Christmas. So, when the quilt came up for auction this summer, I bid on my own creation. I won the auction, and had the quilt shipped directly to my mother just in time for her birthday. It now has a place of honour on her bed, brightening up her room.
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