This post is all about the warm fuzzy’s. (Plus a fun downloadable quilt pattern!)
First of all, some of you who have been hanging around these parts for a l o n g time now may remember when I made an Irish Flag quilt for the baby of my dear friend Sarah who passed away due to complications in childbirth delivering her first baby. Making that flag helped me through my own grieving for Sarah’s tragic loss and for this baby who wouldn’t know his feisty Irish mother.
I wanted so much to hold that baby in my arms and love him, but sending a quilt to the UK was the next best thing I could realistically do. Fast forward just over 7 years and that sweet baby came to visit! Only he’s obviously not a baby anymore. His Dad got remarried a few years ago to an awesome woman from America and they are living in the states. Seeing this boy so happy and with two parents who he loves was so heart-warming and joyful for me. And it was extra fun for me to see Sarah’s eyes and smile come alive exactly in this little face. To top it all off, they told me the quilt still lives on his bed. [Cue heart melting…]
So a happy update there.
Want some more warm fuzzies? This week the Fat Quarter Shop released the design for their 2017 Patchwork Quilt Along!
Each month a new free downloadable block pattern will be released on the 15th. This quilt pattern is designed as a fundraiser for the Make A Wish Foundation as the FQS requests (but doesn’t require) a $5 donation to the Make A Wish foundation with the download of each pattern. The FQS and Moda Fabrics has pledged to match up to $20,000 of those donations.
I have such a soft spot for the Make A Wish foundation because I’ve seen firsthand the difference they make in the lives of not only terminally ill children, but also in the lives of their families. I have a neighbor with 4 sons who have Muscular Dystrophy. Yes four. The oldest passed away at the age of 24 about 2 years ago. The other three are on their way to the same, degenerative fate. And yet these boys live life cheerfully and crack me up! Their family has been granted special family trips thanks to Make A Wish. Not only were these boys in heaven, but it was a great bit of respite and happy memories for two parents and healthy siblings who meet the needs of these boys every day.
The first block in the Quilt Along kicked-off this weekend – it’s this cute Souvenir of Friendship block. In addition to the free downloadable block pattern, there is also a handy video with tips on block cutting and assembly. You can find all of the information in this post.
If you make 6 blocks a month, by the end of the year you will be able to complete the full patchwork quilt design. The blocks will be demoed using Bonnie and Camille’s latest Basics collection. A limited number of kits are available. This would also be a fun project for using up your stash! I’m excited to quilt along!
Lastly- for those who might have missed the update – the Class Lists are now available for the Sew On and Sew Forth quilting retreat in Midway, Utah at the beginning of March! More details in the previous post.