Finally sharing pictures of a quilt that’s been in the works behind the scenes. I took advantage of some lovely fall foliage before it was gone to use as a backdrop for this scrappy low-volume cuddle quilt for a special friend.
This scrappy, patchwork heart quilt was the perfect project for playing with the rather large collection of “Low Volume” prints I’ve been hoarding, I mean collecting over the past few years. (It’s quite a collection these days. So I cut a lot of 5″ x 5″ squares when I was cutting this quilt so they’d be easy to grab for making future quilts, like this simple checkerboard patchwork quilt.)
Prints that qualify as “low volume” are typically prints on white-ish backrounds. I love the variety of prints that are available and the way they bring interest to a quilt while still providing a neutral ‘background’.
If you want to make something similar, but don’t have a big stash or variety of low volume prints, check out the 5″ stackers of the Hush Hush collections from Riley Blake and get a fun variety in one charm pack!
This quilt was made for sweet friend who’s been through a rough breast cancer journey this year. Hence the reason for the minky/cuddle fabric for the backing. It was quilted by my friend Monica who added a few scattered hearts in the stippling.
I threw in a lot of whimsical prints with their young daughter in mind too. (I mean, who can resist a cute Catacorn?) I’m hoping it will also be something they can use to cuddle together when energy is low after chemo treatments.
Quilts are obviously my love language, but it sometimes feels like an frivolous offering compared to the miserable trial this has been for this friend and her family. I’m hoping they’ll at least feel the sincere love that is offered with it.
You may recognize the binding on this one – as this is the quilt I used for the updated How to Finish (Bind) a Quilt tutorial.
The setting for this quilt was my own backyard. Right after we moved in the neighbors on the other side of the fence planted a bunch of trees that have matured – and we are the beneficiaries! I can see this one from my kitchen window and it makes me happy all through the fall season. Fortunately I took this picture a couple of weeks ago as all of those leaves are gone now. Glad I captured them while I could!