The story begins when a friend of ours (one of my husband's very best friends since high school - that was a very long time ago!) was diagnosed with Stage IV head and neck cancer, the very same cancer that I was diagnosed with in 2007, except mine was Stage I. This friend is self-employed producer/director and does not have insurance, so had put off going to the doctor until it got to the point where he was having trouble swallowing. After he was diagnosed, a friend of his decided to put together a benefit concert, with a request for donations for a raffle, to help cover his expenses. Of course, I offered to make a quilt. That very day, I happened upon one of my old Fons & Porter magazines with a music quilt in it. How perfect is that?
Update 6/13/16: Fons & Porter Easy Quilts Spring 2010 issue can be purchased here
I was having trouble finding the fabric locally, so ordered the fabric that was still available directly from the fabric company (Andover), and they even sent me a freebie Flower Doodle charm pack! My husband was very involved in the making of this quilt, and we spent quite a bit of time at the fabric shop, picking out just the right fabrics. I won't get into all the detail of the issues involved with this quilt. I just can't bring myself to relive it -- JUST KIDDING!). It really wasn't that bad. I was just stressing out because it was a quilt that someone was paying for, and I wanted it to be almost perfect. Besides the issues with long spans of lengthwise fabric strips (6 inches x 54 inches), I was also doing machine applique of a treble clef as the focus of the quilt right smack dab in the middle. Talk about some stress!!! Thanks to my wonderful husband, who could stand back and see where the problems were, and do some calculating for me (I hate that part of quilting!), we got it all figured out. I love that guy!
We drove down to California the day before the concert, stayed the night in a hotel (we're not even gonna talk about that), and I was still picking off loose threads the day of the concert. I received a lot of compliments on the quilt, even from some very experienced quilters that I know. So that made me feel a little better. I was so excited that my sister-in-law and brother-in-law won the quilt, so it gets to stay in the family and I might get to see it every once in awhile! :)
Our friend is still right in the middle of his fight. He's going through another round of chemotherapy, and is halfway through radiation. If you pray, please pray for him. If you would rather send good thoughts instead, those are appreciated, too :)
So.....that's why it's been awhile since I've blogged. So glad to be blogging again....I have so much to share!
Here are a few of the pics taken throughout this quilt journey.
|I used over 300 pins in this quilt! Ugh!|
|Stitch in the Ditch. I'm not really sure why I've seen this listed as a beginner's stitch. I think it takes a lot of time and concentration. I do love it, though, since I don't know how to do free motion quilting yet.|
|Here's Giacomo (my schnoodle) up on my sewing table. He's so jealous of my quilts and always wants to be on my lap. This time he went straight from my lap up on the table. Silly guy!|