Friday, August 28, 2015

Chemo Quilt - Start to Finish

A friend of mine's wife was recently diagnosed with Cancer. Stay tuned to see how her story and this quilt turn out - all in one post!

She is an oncology nurse, so she sees this kind of thing every day.....only now she has to experience it first hand.

I decided to make a quilt for her, to keep her warm at the hospital during her treatments. 

The quilt starts simply - rows of squares - each row with 3 squares of the same size and lots of white space around them.

I asked her husband (my friend) what he thought she would like in colors. He said he thought she would enjoy bright colors and a more modern style.

I used bright, cheery batiks.

The next step was to cut wonky squares, with plenty of white around the edges. It was helpful to have a 9.5" square and to move it around, until I got the "tilt" I wanted. 

Then it was a matter of deciding the placement of the squares, being careful to balance the sizes, values and colors.

Next, sew the squares together. The smallest squares are raw edge applique.

I added sashing and border and a flimsy was born!

Now onto Millie for quilting. I chose a swirly pantograph, because I wanted to soften the straight edges and give it a definitive feminine side.

A few close-ups.

I used a black/white tiny polka dot on the back. The photo makes me a little cross-eyed to look at, but it looks good in real life.

The full quilt, hanging on the Millie frame.

So I gave the quilt to my friend (the husband) who cried when I gave it to him. He couldn't believe it. He carried it around the office and I am told showed it to everyone. He was very happy.

His wife - just as happy!

He brought back stories of how all the nurses and other patients in the treatment rooms were SO jealous!

This quilt is a happy quilt, that deserves a happy ending - don't you think?

Well, it got it's happy ending. A few months after she started, she was given a clean bill of health! YAY!!!!!!!

I like to think the quilt helped her a little. :-)

Ladybug gave her seal of approval and added an extra prayer, before it was delivered.


  1. Wonderful, wonderful story....I just know that the quilt did help. Thank you for sharing, and inspiring all of us to give of ourselves and our stashes!

  2. Not my first time here..or my last. lovely quilt and story!!!!

  3. I love a happy ending. And I love this gorgeous quilt. May something wonderful happen fot you! :)

  4. Beautiful quilt, and love in action! I really like the happy ending as well! Thank you for sharing!

  5. Wonderful post with a spectacular quilt and even more fantastic that she got a clean bill of health. I had a friend who recently went through Chemo, we are still waiting to see if the doctor wants to do Radiation. But it feels so wonderful to give to someone who is sick or homeless. Thank you for sharing and have a wonderful creative day!

  6. great story and bright happy quilt. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Wow! Wonderful story and awesome quilt. Thanks for sharing!

  8. So happy your friend has been given a clean bill of health. What a cute quilt, it looks like confetti!!

  9. Lovely quilt and lovely story. I'm so glad it had a happy ending.

  10. Very special story of giving hugs and comfort to help someone through a difficult time. The quilt is beautiful. Thank God she is cancer free. You are an angel.

  11. Love your quilt and your happy ending - I'm sure the quilt helped her realise how much you cared. Thank for sharing your heartwarming story withn#scraptastictuesday

  12. Lovely quilt! I love the white background with the colors, it really makes them stand out!


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