I made this quilt back in April for a little sweetie named Nyah.
She’s my cousin’s best friend’s daughter (you follow that?)
In February of this year, shortly after her fourth birthday, she was diagnosed with Leukemia. She’s 2 weeks older than my goobers.
When I heard the news and asked my cousin how she was doing, she told me about the treatments, and the hospital stays, and how she was losing weight, feeling sick and cold all the time.
I couldn’t do much for the feeling sick, or the hospital, or the treatments–but I sure do know how to help someone who is cold.
Nyah loves being outside, and loves, love, LOVES rainbows. So naturally, a rainbow quilt was in order.
I started with a layer cake of Me and My Sister Designs spring collection Twirl for Moda, and no plan at all. I just started working. (It only took half the squares!)
I felt like the quilt needed her name on it somewhere. I remember as a little kid, anything with my name on it was just that much more special.
I wanted it to be soft, and snuggly, and as gentle as it could possibly be, so I found some coordinating chenille backing, and rounded the corners of the quilt.
I quilted it in an allover wave with a pretty light yellow thread. Kinda reminds me of those egg crate foam mattresses. Remember those?
I got news just recently that her treatments have done their job for now. Her counts are good, and her prognosis is positive.
There’s still quite a way to go for her, but thank heaven for miracles–and soft snuggly quilts that remind a little tiny girl that she’s loved by people she’s never even met.
PS I was thinking of making another of these…anyone interested in a tutorial?
Hey everyone! A fun treat for you today! I have a free block pattern up over at Gen Q Magazine, you don’t want to miss! Go check it out, download the free pattern, and while you’re there, explore the other cool tutorials and articles they have at their site. There’s some fun stuff there!
PS: Thanks for the love on the new quilt patterns! I’m looking forward to spotlighting them in the next few days and telling you a bit more about each! Also, I may just be posting a giveaway in the next few days…just as soon as I get some last minute Market sewing done…Mwa!
UPDATE: I’ve received a few emails saying that they can’t download the pattern from Gen Q. If you can’t get it to work over there, download it by clicking right here.
Two of my loveliest friends had birthdays last week, and I couldn’t help but pull some things together for them. I could picture in my head exactly what I wanted to make for them, and no matter how many times I tried to think of something store-bought that would be just as good, I couldn’t do it. I couldn’t settle.
So I just did it.
First, an oh-so-fun Cathedral window throw pillow in red and lime green, to match her bedroom makeover! (Lucky girl got some really cute beadboard and shelving in there too!) She said it matched just right, and I’m so glad. A few fat eighths of Ruby by Bonnie and Camille for Moda and some white yardage and I was on my way!
I’ve wanted to do a cathedral window pillow for quite some time, and lucky me, there was a great tutorial on the Moda Bake Shop that walked me through it. I was SHOCKED at how much fabric it uses. So much folding! It’s like origami magic with fabric.
Super fun, super time consuming, but super great results. I’m going to have to refrain from making about 5 for my own room, whenever I get around to redoing it. (In case you’re curious, the walls in my bedroom are a striking shade of mauve, a gift from the previous owner. I avoid my bedroom in daylight at nearly all costs.)
I’ve got one more gift quilt to finish for my sweet baby nephew (I’m in love with him) who’s already 3 weeks old (mini-Swoon, anyone?), another for a sweet little girl fighting cancer, and then I’m on to spring pattern writing frenzy! I’ve got all the quilts made up, and several of the patterns written and tested, but I’m waiting on fabric for the last two.
Have you ever made a Cathedral Window pillow or quilt?
PS Stay tuned tomorrow to see the quilt I made for my other awesome friend’s birthday…she used to be a Disney princess.
Yay! It’s been one year since I launched Prairie Grass Patterns, and boy has it been a ride! Some of you have been here with me from the beginning, and some of you are brand new friends–and I’m so grateful to all of you. I can’t tell you how much it means to me that you would give a little bit of your time and caring to support me and my dream. Really, truly, it just…there aren’t words to describe it. But thank you. Sincerely.
Enough with my jibber jabber…let’s get on to the party part!
Giveaways galore this week–so let me explain. Before I show you the goodies, here’s how it’s going to work: A comment on this post will get you your first entry. Any comment you leave on other posts this week (Today, October 3 through Sunday, October 9th) will earn you additional entries. Winners will be chosen Monday, October 10th.
There are 3 AMAZING giveaways this week, something to suit each level of quilter–from beginner to very advanced.
A copy of Elizabeth Hartman’s The Practical Guide to Patchwork
Rotary cutter, mat and ruler (Yes, those are mine, but I’ll send you new ones, I swear!)
Charm pack: Countdown to Christmas by Sweetwater for Moda
Fat quarter bundle from AdornIt! in their newest line, Vintage Groove, Grey colorway.
Layer cake: Jovial by Basic Grey for Moda
Jelly Roll: Spirit by Lila Tueller for Moda
Charm Pack: Clothesline Basics by Darlene Zimmerman for Robert Kaufman Fabrics
Fat Eighth bundle: Ruby by Bonnie and Camille for Moda
There they are! The three amazing giveaways I have for you this week. To enter, tell me which of the three prizes you would LOVE to win.
And that’s not all…
“Like” Prairie Grass Patterns’ Facebook Page for a chance to win an additional Grand Prize! If the Facebook page gets to 300 followers, I will do a special Grand Prize giveaway next week, so be sure to share with your friends!
Finally, for Happy Anniversary week, use coupon code HAPPYWEEK to get 20% of your ENTIRE ORDER in my shop! Code expires 10/10, so be sure to use it quick. (And you just might notice, PDF PATTERNS ARE HERE!!)
Hooray for Prairie Grass Patterns, and for one year anniversaries! Be sure to check in all week for more fun freebies, recipes, and tutorials, plus my day to share my block for the Quilt Uberfest is coming up too. Today it is Karen Linton’s turn, with her block “South for the Winter.” Head over to get your free PDF!