Friday, May 13, 2011

Blogger's Quilt Festival

Hello to all visiting from the Blogger's Quilt Festival!

Amy's Creative Side

I am Kelly and I am John's Daughter.
And this is my story.

My father, John, died of Lou Gehrig's disease 3 years ago this past February.

We were very close.

In amidst this turmoil I felt idle as my parents lived 9 hours away from me.

So I began to create.

As my father's illness progressed he lost weight and was cold all the time.

That Christmas I gave him a blanket.

A quilt actually.

Made from thrifted wool sweaters.

It was an idea born of idle fingers and a need. (and a little inspiration from Betz White)

Once completed, I realized that making that blanket had been theraputic for me.

As well as for my dad.

He loved it and it was well used for 2 years.

Upon his passing, I spiralled into a world of self pity and doubt.

I tried to get away from things by spending much time on the computer.

I blog surfed. I read. I devoured.


I taught myself.

or should I say the blogosphere did.

Either way, when the most wonderful Dana of the Old Red Barn Co. began a quilt along, I dived in.

And my creation was for my son.

I had sewn for my daughter. Girls are so cute and frilly and fun to sew for, but my boy deserved some handmade.

I began with some $4 sheets on sale at our grocery store.Unfortunately for me I hadn't realized that real quilter's used 100% cotton, as my sheets were a poly blend.
I added in other fabrics like Katie Jump rope and Monaluna (which at them time I didn't realize that these fabrics were of demand--I just liked them)

The quilt top sat for about a year. W a i t i n g .
I realized one day that I was afraid of it and after a chat with my very supportive cousin, I backed it in one of the sheets, quilted it with my walking foot (my first time) and bound it.

Within 4 days.

So here it is, my Therapy Quilt.

It's not perfect in theory, but it is now offering my son comfort on his bed.

That is what makes a quilt perfect. Not the quality of stitches that go into it but the love in every stitch. You can almost feel it when you wrap a quilt around you.

Since beginning this quilt 2 years ago, I've accomplished many handmade projects and 2 other quilts.

After completing a few more quilts, my goal is to begin making lap quilts for the ALS Association in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

Do you do any charity quilting?

what's your favourite cause?

Thanks for visiting and feel free to pop by anytime :)
I'll be here :)


Alicia said...

Thanks for sharing such a wonderful story. Its a beautiful quilt. The online quilting/blogging world is a great way to learn and enhance this old artform. I, too, have learned so much by these fabulous bloggers!

Teresa said...

I'm glad quilting is a good friend to you and has given you comfort.
I love the quilt you made for your son! The quilt I entered into the festival was the ORBC round 1 quilt too!!
Thanks for sharing I love seeing boy quilts!

Sandra said...

Glad to see that quilting helped you get through a horrible time. Sorry to hear about your Dad.
Bless you.
Come see my entries, #212 repro cheddar stars and #216 antique 1850 applique flower garden

Dana - Old Red Barn Co. said...

this quilt is one of my favorites from that quilt along ever. so good.

Becky said...

Beautiful quilt. And I love that you just mixed fabrics you like! People get too hung up on 'popular fabrics' etc. I love that you are making quilts for ALS Hershey. I used to work for ALS Greater Philadelphia. My heart goes out to you for the loss of your father. No one should have to go through what ALS puts you through.

Kirsten N said...

Love the colours in your quilt and the story behind it!

stitchinpenny said...

The colors are fantastic. I love this quilt!

Laurel H. said...

Nonsense; this quilt IS perfect. It's as beautiful as the story behind it. :)

Eileen said...

What a cool quilt. The story is poignant but wonderful. How great your son has this beautiful quilt to remind him that you love him Who cares what it's made of! I've sewn a few quilts (and have several more cut out) for the local hospital's neonatal unit) and occasionally sew school bags for our church's humanity outreach. Your ALS charity is a wonderful one! Thanks for sharing and have a great day

Karen said...

I think your quilt is great. I like the combination of fabrics. It was lovely to read the story behind your start to quilting. Good luck.

Sarcastic Quilter said...

First, I'm sorry for your loss but I am happy for you that something so food came out of the process. Its like your dad is with you all the time now!

Second, "real" quilters use anything they think will suit to create a quilt so if you used thrift sheets or shirts or sweaters, it's all good!

Finally, I love your quilt. I participated in that quilt along using my mom's stash of calico and have since made a second in that pattern because it was so fun and quick (considering). You keep enjoying your therapy.

Hollie said...

I think the quilt IS perfect! Thank you for sharing the story. A majority of my quilting is done for charity. It think it's such a great way to give back while doing something you love.

SarahB said...

Such a special quilt! Thank you for sharing it's story and I'm so happy that it's now found a perfect spot on your son's bed.

Sherry said...

I love your quilt!

Simply Sandy said...

What a beautiful story. Thank you for sharing your dad with us. I understand the therapeutic value in quilting. This quilt is the perfect quilt for a boy. I really like the fabrics you chose.
I make stroller size quilts for the local NICU. They are a great comfort for the families and the babies.