Friday, July 24, 2015

Chemo quilt for a friend...

A local quilt shop employee was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. She had surgery and began her chemo treatments this month. The day I found out she was facing this battle, I asked the quilt shop owner to collect 9" blocks with 'any shade of pink' from anyone who wanted to participate. 

Most of the blocks were actually 9" and all of them had pink. I expected there would be variations. :)

I used a butterfly I had leftover from another project. It's actually a vintage butterfly that I added to a new background. It seemed like a fabric and pattern she would like.

Once I collected all the blocks and trimmed/sashed them all to the same size, I set them in an alternating pattern. I wanted blocks that would have space for friends to sign if they wish. It's not a masterpiece, or my best work by far...but I felt like getting to my friend was more urgent than getting it perfect. I think I was right. She loves it. She plans to bring it to her chemo sessions for comfort.

I machine quilted in the ditch and simply followed the block piecing. Each block was different, so each block was quilted differently.

I used a backing that was almost big enough. I added a strip each direction to make it large enough. I wanted to get this done and the quilt shop was not open at 10pm on Saturday night when I decided to quilt it. Funny how that goes... I think it turned out very well and I'm just glad it will be a reminder to her that we are all thinking of her and pulling for her!

Enjoy every stitch!


  1. sorry to hear about your friend. I'm sure she'll treasure your quilt! Best of luck to her.

  2. That is very sweet and I'm sure she will draw strength from the quilt and her friends. You did a wonderful thing.

  3. What a beautiful gift - I know that she will get great comfort from it and it will keep her nice and toasty cause sometimes those chemo sessions can get chilly. What a great group of quilters.

  4. I love that you did this - and I'm sure it will bring her much comfort during her treatments. Cancer sucks!

  5. Oh Diane this is such a wonderul quilty hug!!!

  6. What a wonderful present.....I hope your friend is going to have a better health with her treatment !
    Fingers crossed and good luck to her !

  7. What a very thoughtful gift! I hope she find comfort and strength in its warmth and love.
    You are a great friend.

  8. I'm sure it will help her tremendously. It's beautiful too!


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