So, last month I shared a quilt that I made for my brother-in-law's office a long, long time ago. This week, I'll share another more recent quilt I made for him--this time while he was fighting ALS in 2012. It's one of those gut-wrenching quilts to make--the hardest of all kinds.
I don't really have a lot to share about it because I have very few notes, and they are incomprehensible. I do know that I first saw the design in a quilt on Etsy and saved it to Pinterest because I knew I would make it someday. The quilt had already been sold, which was a good thing because otherwise I would surely have wanted to buy it. I went back to the photo yesterday, and the link is no longer active, so I have no idea who made it and whether it was from a pattern or not. (If anyone recognizes it, let me know and I'll give proper credit.) I think the maker lived in Arizona, but I'm not sure of that either.
I chose muted colors. There are a few purple patches sprinkled in. I'm glad because I did not know at the time that L's favorite color was purple--celebrated by his family in their clothing later at his funeral. I'm thinking that the blocks were about 4.5 inches square, so the quilt was approximately 36 by 45 inches. L was in a wheelchair by that time, so the quilt needed to be fairly small. I used the same fabrics in a different pattern on the back. Based on my recall of the quilt size, the blocks must have been about 9 by 12 inches.
I hand quilted the quilt with a large stipple, which went pretty quickly on this small project. If you zoom in, you can see that I did not use a separate binding, but turned over the backing to the front instead and machine sewed it down. I must have really been in a hurry to finish this (well, I know I was) because I don't usually do a binding that way. I did a strange thing with the miters, sewing a little rectangle over them, maybe to reinforce them? I have no idea why I made it that way.
As I said, these kinds of quilts are always hard to make. And this one, especially, because there was no hope of recovery. I do hope that the quilt brought L some measure of comfort in the remainder of his life.
I knew I wanted to share this quilt today when I wrote my last Throwback Thursday post. I didn't realize at the time, though, that I'd be writing this during the week of February that holds several sad anniversaries for our family. But something happened yesterday morning when I opened my email and read a blog post from Bernie over at Needle and Foot. She announced a new project that involves making doll quilts.
I'm linking up with Sandra's Thursday Throwback party. I hope you'll find something to share from your pre-blogging days, too!