Saturday, April 22, 2017

Cuddle size 100 Good Wishes Quilt for Isabella

I've had this post in draft for way too long but our Girl Scout cookie season, which is thankfully almost over, has kept me super busy and away from all things quilty. Not it's time to get back to normal life.

Kim found me through Facebook when my friend Lisa posted pictures of the 100 Good Wishes Quilt that I made for her daughter Alex and asked me if I could make a quilt for her too. Actually she wanted 2 quilts, a smaller cuddle size quilt and a bigger one too.

This is the cuddle size quilt all completed.
But the story isn't that simple.  While talking to Kim to learn what her vision was for the quilts I learned that someone else actually started making the quilts for her many years ago.  Kim tried to describe what was already done but I just couldn't visualize it so I had her just send me everything so that I can assess the situation better and formulate a plan and a budget for her.

This is what I found when I opened the box.
A load "Agggg" coming from me doesn't fully describe this "quilt" top.  The person who did this cut pieces approximately 2" x 3" from each of the fabrics, obviously not using a ruler to do so, pinned them onto the black background fabric not in straight lines, and then zig zag stitched some of them in place.  Who knows why she didn't finish this but I'm really glad she didn't.  Unfortunately it took Kim a really long time to get everything back from that person and she's just held onto it for years, hoping one day to find someone who could really create the quilts she envisioned.

After unsewing all the pieces that were sewn down I proceeded to recut them using the proper tools.  I cut them as big as I could which turned out to be 1 3/4" x 2 3/4".   I sorted the pieced by color so that I could get a good sense of how to balance them throughout the entire quilt.
Included in the box was also a black tone on tone dragonfly fabric that Kim had used when she sent out squares and wishes to other waiting adoptive parents and there was just barely enough to use for the sashing so that's what I went with.  Here's the quilt in process with the vertical sashing between the pieces and those rows completed.
Once the horizontal sashing rows were added this was the finished top. Can you see the dragonflies on the black fabric?
Kim had included in the box also a package of batting and a piece of pink minky fabric for the backing so it was quick work to spray baste the quilt sandwich together.
After auditioning a bunch of different quilting design ideas that were all either too big a motif or too detailed for the small quilt I tested some basic straight line quilting and immediately knew that it was the right choice.  The simplicity of that suited the tiny piecing well and didn't overpower.
I've heard tons of issues quilters have had using minky on the back, mostly when quilting with it on a frame, but since I was quilting this on my domestic machine Lucy, I had no issues at all.  A couple of embroidered pieces were also included in Kim's box so I centered the one with the name on the back as it would have been too large for the overall feel of the front.  This quilt finished at 29" x 43".
It took a few days of nasty overcast weather before I got a decent window to get outside for the glamor shots and then it was shipped off to Kim who was thrilled with the result.  As expected, she cried, to finally have a quilt that she's dreamed about for the last 10 years.
It has meant a lot to me to be able to turn Kim's dream into a reality.  100 Good Wishes Quilts are more than just fabric and thread.  They encompass so many hopes and dreams of the adoptive parents and kids who they are made for and truly wrap a child in the love and good wishes of all those who's fabrics are included.

The bigger version quilt for Kim is in the works.  I was making good progress on it until CA day = cookie arrival but since that season is almost over, I can finally get back to finishing it and getting it on it's way to it's new home.  Stay tuned for that reveal soon.

10 of you added your own colorful comments:

Ariane said...

This is such a sweet quilt! It looks wonderful!

Doreen said...

"Quilt Exploits" are always interesting to read and challenging to be a part of BUT....oh so rewarding!!! Beautiful finish, Michele!!!! Thanks so much for sharing................hugs....

Robby said...

You did a really lovely job of picking up the pieces here. (ha, ha) It's the sort of thing that can feel almost overwhelming, perhaps it was to Kim. What a marvelous treasure you created for her.

In stitches and seams said...

You are A very patient and caring quilter, a beautiful soul. To take what was tried by one and turn it into the quilt of her dreams and to continue with the next larger one . Quilters have good hearts.Keep up the good work
In stitches

ES said...

Great quilt! How perfect it is that you could help get this quilt made :)

Alycia~Quiltygirl said...

That is fantastic - it will be cherished!!

Kathy S. said...

That turned out so cute. Love the black background with the brights.

Michele said...

Hi Robby. Unfortunately you are a No Reply Blogger so I can't reply to you directly. Thank you so much. I appreciate it.

Michele said...

Hi Annette, Unfortunately your comment came through as a No Reply Blogger. Your comment is very sweet and I do appreciate it. Thank you.

Michele said...

Hi ES. Your comment also came through as a No Reply Blogger. Thank you for your kind words.