This quilt was made to be donated to an unnamed charitable cause. Earlier this year I issued myself a challenge to create 6 [correction: the challenge was for 5 quilts to the guild friend – the sixth was sent to Queensland but was included in the total] charity quilts to be given to a member of my guild who had asked for kid quilts…you can read the whole dramatic story here. Then the horrible events in Japan started to unfold and I just couldn’t stand around and do nothing. Quilter’s Newsletter put out a call for quilts that they would send to Japan and I decided as soon as I read the post that I would be making two quilts for my April kid-charity-quilt challenge: one for my guild friend and one to send to Japan. The one pictured here was sent to Japan, though they both look basically the same.
This quilt is special to me for a variety of reasons. First and foremost – it reminds me of The Husband. There is a Rolling Stones song about a woman being like a rainbow and The Husband is a huge fan. So this quilt gives me warm fuzzies for him. He tried to lay claim to the quilt but he already has a designated rainbowish quilt, and I had already detached myself from this one. Second, I designed it and made it so from a little sketch I made. It is super-gratifying to picture it, map it out, and get a result all out of your own head. I am really proud to have created it. And third, it means an enormous amount to me that I did something (other than throw money at the Red Cross or someone else – which is important too but sometimes I think that makes it easy to turn a blind eye) to aid people who are having such troubled times.
I’ll soon be posting a tutorial [correction: the tutorial is posted here] about how I made this quilt. It isn’t really a pattern, it is more of an improvisation thing. Actually that doesn’t seem entirely accurate. Just think of it as “loosely based” quilting. Making this quilt was a little difficult for me mentally because while I have no problem winging it when sewing a garment I think of quilting as a more structured process. I also had to be somewhat aloof – knowing that I was giving it away meant I couldn’t get so attached that I would keep it. It is hard sometimes to be generous but I managed to let go and send it off.
Thank you for stopping by my little portion fo the Quilt Festival!!! Make sure you visit as many quilts on the tour as you can.