sew and tell: a surprise quilt!

As quilters, we all know how good making a quilt makes us feel. And by giving our quilts to some deserving person, we hope that it makes them feel similarly good - a fabric hug of sorts.

lizzys quilt - front

lizzys quilt - back
Last year, a neighbor of mine (and one of my little sister's besties) was diagnosed with bone cancer. Everyone knows the C word is kind of scary, but this girl and her family met the diagnosis with a strength and faith that left me humbled.

People back home were able to surround her and her family with comfort and support (and food - the casseroles were pouring in!). Since I wasn't able to send a casserole, I thought I'd make something that might keep just a little better through the mail - a quilt!

I reached out to some friends and they helped me quickly put together the quilt top. Then, the short sale that had been stalled for. ev. er. finally went through! Moving and a new pup added a delay, but I eventually got finished with the quilting and binding!

lizzys quilt  - label

lizzys quilt - binding
And the quilting.....the quilting on this was giving me fits. I couldn't wait until this project was complete and out in the mail! It was a serious headache - but once I got it all bound (in some simply color ombre strips!) I started to come around again and discover the fun, vibrant, cheerful quilt that I had envisioned.

I hope my neighbor enjoys it!


  1. It is gorgeous! I am sure she will love it.

  2. Absolutely beautiful! I can't imagine anyone not liking this work of art! Be proud.

  3. This is a stunning quilt. You should be really, really proud of it. I thought the front was great, and then I scrolled to the shot of the back--and my husband asked me what was wrong, I gasped so loud! Like I'm sure all of your readers are doing now, I'm taking a minute to send good wishes and energy your friend's way.

  4. I don't see how anyone would NOT enjoy this quilt, and I'm sure your neighbor will cherish it for the quilt itself, as well as for the love and care it symbolizes. It is gorgeous! I love the pieced words into the back. What a treasure.

    If you get a chance, it would be great for you to link this up at Needle and Thread Thursday (a link party for quilting/sewing). It will be open through tomorrow. I hope you'll share this awesome quilt!

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

  5. Gorgeous quilt for a special friend. She is sure to cherish it and I pray it will bring her strength and hope. It is a pleasure to look and certainly will bring warmth to body and soul!


  6. What a lovely quilt - I love that pattern!! And the back is just perfection. I love the wonky words so much and I'm sure that this gift will be treasured!

  7. That is lovely quilt and I am sure she loved her fabric hug.

  8. I love it it is beautiful. Such lovely colors. The gift will be loved.

  9. This is amazing, the quilt, the story and the generosity of you and your friends who put it together.


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