I am very excited. So far I have completed 16 blocks. I think I will make 8 more blocks and then start putting the wallhanging together. When I started this project, I was using the greeting cards for my inspiration. I decided to also make some blocks for family members and friends who have supported me but did not send me cards.
Block #13: In Memory of Mom. My mom died of breast cancer almost 30 years ago. Her favorite flower was the bleeding heart. For the background, I free motion quilted flowing lines – slightly curved lines with a random pattern. I used fusible web for the leaves and flowers and then couched yarn for the flower stems.
Block #14 Quilting Bee Friends: My quilting friends have been very supportive throughout the year with encouragement and support. I wanted to use some bee buttons that I had in my stash for this block. So I looked for ideas for a beehive block on pinterest. I saw a quilt block that had a beehive on top of a spool of thread. First I quilted the background using a clover stippling design from Leah Day’s 365 Days of Quilting Designs. Next I added the spool of thread with a piece of measuring tape ribbon on top. I cut out shades of pink fabric to make the beehive and fused the pieces onto the background. I used a Honeycomb stitch on my machine (#8) to stitch down the sections of the beehive. I only had 5 bee buttons to stitch on. The bees have a happy smile too.
Block # 15 – New York Sons: I have appreciated all the visits, calls, and texts from my sons during my cancer journey. Both my sons were born in upstate New York and they each lived in NYC as adults. So I decided to use a New York City theme for their block. For the background, I used Hoffman NYC skyline fabric – I still had a yard of the fabric leftover in my stash. I drew the outline of buildings for the skyline using a Frixion pen and a ruler. Using a fuchsia thread I free motion quilted along the outline of the buildings and added some windows. I used a teal thread to free motion quilt the lettering at the top of the square.
Blocks #16 – Friends Across the Miles: I made this quilt block for my 2 oldest friends who have been very supportive during my cancer journey. I met my oldest friend in middle school in California. We have kept in contact over the years through letters, emails and calls. She enjoys fly fishing with her husband so I put fish on this square. My friend from college moved to Australia after we graduated. We have kept in contact through airmail letters and then emails. I used aboriginal fabrics to make a kangaroo and a spiral sun on this block. I also did some writing on fabric using a fabric gel pen.
Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna