Yay!! I’ve completed my first quilt! I actually started another quilt months before this one, but this one had a deadline, so it was finished first.
My son has some special needs and as a result, he has a variety of specialists and therapists that work with him. When I found out that Amy, one of the ladies who worked with him was moving on to a different company, we were really sad to lose her. She’s an amazing person with a sunny personality. She was wonderful with my son and always very supportive of any project she saw me working on. She would consistently make me feel like a crafting superstar .
After hearing that she would be leaving, my mind immediately started working on figuring out what I could make her as a reminder of how much we appreciate her. I quickly decided on making a quilt, as that is my current crafting obsession. I wasn’t sure what colors she likes, or how her house is decorated, so I decided to go with colors that remind me of her personality. Fortunately, I had a layer cake that fit the bill (this was at the start of the pandemic when a lot of fabric shipping was taking around a month to arrive). The layer cake had a lot of blue and a little yellow. I was slightly short on blues, so I picked up a couple batiks from Joann Fabrics that fit in nicely with the others. I then learned how to sew the stars and with the rest just being squares sewn together, the quilt came together quickly and easily. Just make sure to double and triple check your math if working with fabrics that leave you no room for error. When I first did the math, I would’ve ended up miscutting my yellow fabric, and then been out of luck while I waited for more to be delivered.
When I was at Joann Fabrics picking up the additional blue batiks, I came across some yellow and blue flowered fabric that was perfect for the backing. It was so bright and cheery that it made me smile every time I glanced at it . I was able to perfectly match up the material when piecing the back by following this super helpful tutorial.
I decided to attach the binding with a yellow zigzag stitch. I wanted to give one last yellow flourish and though it’s far from perfect, I love how it came out.
I call this quilt ‘Sunshine and Cheer,’ because I feel like that’s what this quilt embodies, which is why it’s such a good match to Amy’s personality.
As you can see from the pictures, my son was very involved throughout the entire creation of this quilt .