(Please note: This giveaway has now ended. Congratulations to Tammy! Thanks to everyone who entered.)
I promised to show you more challenge quilts this week so here is another set. As I explained earlier, my sister Angie, Mom and I participated for several years in various challenges. At the end of the year’s challenge we each had a quilt top that we had all worked on. We had an assigned fabric and an assigned theme. The sizes of the individual borders and the overall quilt were specified. The quilts for 2001 have great stories.
The required fabric was the panel you see in the center of my quilt. It was a breast cancer awareness fabric . The fact that it was a panel stymied me. All I could imagine doing at that point in my quilty experience was to put some borders on it. So here is my quilt. I made the center and two of the borders, Mom added two more and Angie added the last one. I love the way Angie’s border really punches up the color.
I added some satin ribbon embellishments and several of the breast cancer awareness pins. At the time, my mother was the only one of the three of us with a history of the disease and I titled my quilt “Celebrating Mom.”
Oh, and one funny, funny thing. I look at this quilt and the binding which measures a little more than ½” wide and I remember my mom asking me if I’d like to see how she did binding. She was diplomatically telling me my binding was pretty awful. So this is the last of my quilts with a binding that is poorly done.
This is Mom’s quilt and I love the story. When she sent it to my sister, it was the panel and the three narrow tan borders … and she included a clipping from the Keepsake Quilting catalogue that had a panel set on-point and then on-point again to make it straight. The only problem was that we had a maximum border size and our border couldn’t be nearly wide enough to do that. My sister and I lived in different cities so we didn’t meet in person. We emailed, we faxed, our husbands drew on graph paper, all trying to solve the problem. Finally one of us realized that we could do the borders you see here where Angie made the base of the triangle to set the center on point (her border ends with the big roses on the blue background in the corner) and I made the top of the triangle (the border with the green and ivory nine-patch blocks in the corner. When we gave Mom her quilt top, we included the blizzard of papers we’d shared trying to come up with a plan. She has a big pocket on the back of her quilt where she can keep those papers.
Angie thought outside of the box again this year. She wanted her quilt to be different so she cut up the panel (gasp!) and used pieces of it to make the background. I added the top and bottom borders with the applique vine and leaves and Mom added the outside border.
And I do want to point out the yo-yos on my border. This was the first and last time I did yo-yos by hand. I’d need a bunch of practice to make them look better.
I love these three quilts, even more now than I did then. My mother, my sister and I are all breast cancer survivors now. (Read my story here.)
So in celebration of October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we would like to give away 12 half-yard cuts from the Sweet Jane collection by Deborah Edwards of Northcott to one lucky person.
For a chance to win this fabric, leave a comment below by 12:00 noon tomorrow, Tuesday, October 8th (MST). One comment per person, please. One winner will be chosen at random. Open to those who have not won anything from Quilters Newsletter in the past 90 days. Good luck!
And as I remind you every October, be sure to get a mammogram. It’s a good way to take care of you!
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