Monday, June 14, 2010

My three Sons...Panaceia's Mantle...

Angela From My Three Sons made this beautiful bright happy quilt for a dear friend with cancer. What a kind friend to make this. Make sure to visit her blog for a lot more inspiration. Thanks Angela, and blessings for your friend!

Panaceia is the greek goddess of cures and healing. I made this quilt for my friend Liesl (I love her name!) - she is starting chemo this week to battle breast cancer. It's 53" x 62"
As soon as I heard she was diagnosed, I had to make a quilt. I imagine during and after chemo, feeling tired and chilled, and giving her something cheery to cover up with. Another reason to go with a greek goddess in the name, I got the blue/orange/yellow from an Olympic coach. His uniform jumped out of the TV at me!



I loved Amy's 'Peas and Carrots' the first time I saw it - actually the first thing I ever faved in flickr. It looks so happy! She made her quilt as a kit for the local shop and kindly sent instructions that went with the precut pieces. I modified it a bit to eliminate the boarders and turn the panels into my own little improv creations.

I used all my favorite Heather Ross cuteness - very happy little prints for Liesl. And I experimented with skinny boarders and solids. This block uses Kona school bus and tangerine - my favorite orange combo!



This fishy block has Kona turquoise as the darkest blue. The other two were pulled from pieces I bought before learning to label the cuts. It was also the most improv. I pieced/cut/added/cut/moved....I was thinking about Gwen's philosophy of add some if it's too small, cut some off if it's too big. I love how it turned out.
 

A bunch of my favorite fabrics, and a new fave. I LOVE the bees and honey comb of Miller's Flora and Fauna.

Originally the sashing was going to be snow, but thought the coal would give it a little more sophistication.


I love the light/dark thing that was going on with the Kona, so charcoal was the perfect choice for the binding!

I quilted it with invisible thread on the top so it wouldn't stand out against either the dark solids or the light prints. I loved every minute of making this quilt!


9 comments:

Mary said...

I absolutely love this quilt . . . one of my favorites EVER!

live a colorful life said...

This color combination is fabulous!! What a wonderful story. When my best friend was diagnosed with cancer, a bunch of us made a quilt for her to have close by during chemo. Although she fought really hard and didn't make it, I know the quilt was a constant source of comfort to her as she was surrounded by the love of her friends. Quilts DO make a difference in people's lives.

Megan said...

Ah! I love every bit of this quilt. The colors are FAB and what a happy and joyful quilt to snuggle in through her trials. You are a great friend.

grammajill said...

What a beautiful quilt! I love the colors and the way it comes together with the binding and borders. Great JoB!

KennaCaroline said...

This was so sweet of you to make for your friend. It is beautiful! How nice you are!

Kianna said...

beautiful!

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

This is a very pretty and cheery quilt. How sweet that Angela made it for her friend as a comfort to get her through her chemo treatments.
Blessings,
Marcia

Kim D. said...

Beautiful quilt and a great comfort to your friend I'm sure. What a blessing it will be to your friend to cuddle up under it. Thanks for sharing.

nerines said...

Hi Heather,
Thrilled to hear you love flat people. These stories behind the quilts are so beautiful as are the quilts. Thanks for finding and sharing. xo