Monday, October 29, 2012

Time for Lime-Aid


I had started making Katy's Orange Soda quilt in September. I needed an easy project with a quick finish because I had been working on so many different small projects for swaps and Sewing Summit that I wanted a big cozy quilt project to work on. I know, this sounds crazy but I really like working on projects of different sizes and difficulty at the same time. I'm sort of scatter-brained and like to flit from project to project.

This is an easy, but labor intensive quilt because it is made up of 285 5" squares and 420 template cut petal pieces. But, once the cutting is finished the actual construction was really easy. I used a mix of 7 charm packs from 4 different fabric lines {domestic bliss, Just Wing It, Good Fortune and Flora}.



For the petal shapes I used Michael Miller's Garden Pin Dot in Apple Green. The petals are raw edge fused to the quilt top giving the appearance of a faux cathedral window pattern.




I don't know what you do when you hear someone has an illness or is in need of assistance but I either cook or make a quilt. About a month ago our daughter-in-law told us her friend had been suffering from a cough and what seemed like a virus that would not go away. Well, that "virus" turned out to be a  17 cm. sarcoma tumor in her lung.

This past Saturday I asked how Tania was doing and Jenny told me she is having daily radiation treatments, all while holding down a job! She's also a wife and mom and is exhausted, to say the least. I came home from our granddaughter's soccer game and decided I was going to finish this quilt so they can give it to Tania.

It has been ready to be quilted for a few weeks now so I spray basted it, using a sheet I ordered from Garnet Hill catalog as the backing.


In her pattern, Katy says to stitch the petal pieces to the quilt top but I decided to stitch the fused pieces as part of the quilting, to speed things up.


You can see the petal pattern it created on the back of the quilt.



I used the pin dot as the binding, too, just like Katy did in her original version.



To help get this quilt finished this weekend I also used Pat Sloan's machine binding method. It really works well. I still have a hard time maneuvering the corners when finishing the binding by machine, but you can't beat it for a speedy finish.





So here is Time for Lime-Aid...spelled incorrectly on purpose, because I can't really help Tania, but I hope this quilt will bring her some aid in the form of comfort and knowing that others are praying for her.

Time for Lime-Aid
Time for Lime-Aid
I like the way the raw edge applique adds some extra texture to the quilt after it has been washed and dried. 








Time for Lime-Aid

I just love seeing a quilt all finished and rolled up, 
but I like seeing them get used more. 
Hopefully, this one will be used and abused by Tania and her family.

Quilt stats:
Pattern: by Katy Jones as seen in Shape Workshop for Quilters book
Fabric by Moda: domestic bliss, Just Wing It, Good Fortune and Flora; Michael Miller Garden Pin Dot in Apple
Backing: Retro Clock queen sized sheet from Garnet Hill Catalog
Thread: pieced and quilted with Auriful 50 wt.
Batting: Warm and White
size: 63" x 79"







32 comments:

Dawn said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE how this turned out - so cute, and what a thoughtful gift. I made that quilt, and it is not super easy! :) Beautiful!

Lisa said...

This is absolutely lovely - the quilting on the back looks beautiful. Positive thoughts to your daughters' friend.

Patchwork and Play said...

You are THE best Di! I love how the green spot has softened the whole look of this quilt! Sending prayers and best wishes to Tania as she is comforted by your wonderful gift!

needle and nest said...

What a wonderful, thoughtful gift (and a lovely quilt finish!). I'm praying that your daughter's friend is able to achieve a full recovery. I'm sure your quilt is going to be a soft and comfortable place for her to retreat to when she's most in need of rest.

nicolette at dutchcomfort said...

Such a thoughtful gift and beautiful quilt! I’m sure it will comfort the friend of your Daughter-In-Law. I hope she fully recovers!

Trudi said...

It's is one of my favourites! Just the sort of Aid needed!

Flying Blind... said...

Oh it is a beautiful quilt and a lovely gesture, I'm sure it will be loved x

Quilter in the Gap said...

I live that quilt and that sheet is amazing! I will pray for that young lady.

Cindy said...

Eee! Great great job!

Sarah said...

Great quilt!

Annabella said...

Well you've made me teary Di. I didn't know why you were hurrying so to finish it. Your generosity and kindness is humbling. x

Shanna said...

What a lovely quilt and such a wonderful gift!! I am sure it will be well-used and cherished.

Josie McRazie said...

I'm sure it will be well loved! It is beautiful!I have been thinking about doing this pattern for a Christmas quilt! I have a lot of Christmas charms!

Cindy Sharp said...

Brilliant! I'd feel better with that quilt wrapped around me. I am sure it will lift her spirits.

suemac said...

Nice size to cuddle up with. Love how you quilted it using the shapes of the petals. I am sure she will love it.

JLVerde said...

Fabulous quilt! I love how the appilque leaves frayed out (and what a great idea for beginner quilters like me--definitely keeping that idea in mind!).

Tamie said...

This is so pretty and you are sweet to pass it on to someone who could use some comfort. I love how you combined your quilting with stitching the fused petals down. What a great idea.

Run Quilt Knit Write said...

You really are a good spirit Di.....I'm sure Tania will be thrilled and it will give her a lot of joy at a difficult time. That was a really nice thing you did there!

Steffi´s Candy Quilts said...

This is such a beautiful quilt, I love the green together with all the colorful fabrics, and the back is soo nice, too.
I´m sure it will comfort Tania and I´m sending my best wishes for her!

Teje Karjalainen said...

Fantastic and so beautiful! That pattern, your fabrics and colours are so beautiful! Great idea to add the petals by quilting them and rad edges make them lovely!

Cindy said...

OMG! I really thought you did the actual cathedral. Looks great! I'm sure Tania will feel the love you put into this beauty. I wish her the best of lick.
Great job Di!

Betty said...

You made this quilt just sing and hopefully Tania will feel all the love and spirit coming through! Good work all the way around.

Betty said...

You made this quilt just sing and hopefully Tania will feel all the love and spirit coming through! Good work all the way around.

Jennifer said...

Gorgeous finish Di! So thoughtful of you to pass it along and I like that "use and abuse" - its so true and all too often when I gift a quilt I hear how its "too pretty to use" - um, no! I'm borrowing your phrase the next time I hear it :)

LuLu said...

Diane that quilts is just beautiful! What a lovely gesture for Tania. I'm sure she will find so much comfort snuggling up in it. I have the same thought process when I find out about people who are struggling. A soft blanket and good food can make any day better :-)

krista said...

you are so kind. it turned out magnificently and i love that you stitched the petals during the quilting process, thats genius! i wish the best for Tania.

quilthexle said...

It's a wonderful quilt, and it is so nice from you to give it away as a present !! Keeping my fingers crossed for the patient, hope she fully recovers.

Dianne Neale said...

I love everything about this, especially the sentiment that goes with it!

Leanne said...

I love your quilt, it is beautiful and is a lovely gift!

Leona said...

gorgeous quilt!

Leona said...

gorgeous quilt!

Betty said...

Di, I've just finished the row piecing and now face cutting out all the petals - was there a shortcut you used for that part, please? 485 give or take is mindboggling!!! Many thanks.