Saturday, January 12, 2013

Chemo Quilt

I brought a stack of quilts over to my friend, Gretchen, yesterday.  She chose one to go to her dear neighbor friend who is undergoing chemo for a recurrence of breast cancer.  When Gretchen asked me if I could make a chemo quilt because her friend was so sick, I thought perhaps one already made would be better.

This was made at a retreat in 2005 and was quilted and bound in 2006.  It's made from Chocolat fabrics.  I had fun making it.  This picture is before it was squared and bound.  I seem to never get pictures of finished quilts.  I need to remedy that!


 
 
Since the quilt has been hanging on a rack for a while, it needed to be washed.  Gretchen was taken aback when I just stuck it in her washing machine, let the water fill until the quilt was wet, and then added a small amount of mild detergent.  When it was done washing, I threw it in the dryer with an allergy-free Bounce sheet.  In less than an hour, the quilt was washed, folded and ready for delivery.  I think Gretchen would have had it dry cleaned.  I explained to her that it was 100% cotton and would wash nicely, and that washing was probably better for the quilt than dry cleaning.
 
Chocolat was such a pretty line.  I had oodles of it leftover, and last year purchased a fat eighth bundle of the reprint of that line to supplement the scraps.  I'd like to make another quilt using those fabrics.
 
I've always said that I just want to keep making quilts and that they will find a home someday.  In this case, I was really happy that one was ready for gifting.
 
I hope this sweet lady will feel comforted and loved wrapped in this quilt.

22 comments:

Carol said...

Vicky it's just wonderful...she's going to love it. It's going to keep her toasty warm. I feel the same way...I just keep making quilts because I love to make quilts...they'll find a home one day.

WoolenSails said...

That is a wonderful quilt to comfort her friend.

Debbie

Miss Jean said...

Bless you for giving your quilt to someone in need.

dortha said...

Vicky, it is so sweet of you to share. It is such a beautiful quilt and I know she will find comfort.

Kathie said...

good for you
isn't it a wonderful feeling to be able to give a quilt away for such a good cause.
I know how happy you made Gretchen too!
I Loved that fabric line too!
Kathie

Carolyn said...

It's a beautiful quilt, how could she NOT feel loved and comforted when she's wrapped up in it. You're a good person, Vicky.

Penny said...

Vicky ~ I think the stars in chocolate are lovely! What a wonderful & generous gift to your neighbor to give her seriously ill friend. I think her friend will feel so loved and supported each time she wraps up in it!! Penny

ytsmom said...

It was so kind of you to donate a quilt. This will get sooo much love, and give much joy. Isn't this why we quilt in the first place??

julieQ said...

How gorgeous...she will really treasure that quilt, Vicki!

dianne said...

awwwwwww!!! this one brought tears to my eyes ... bless your sweet heart!

Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts said...

What a beautiful quilt and such a lovely thing to do. I'm sure she will treasure it and love taking it along to her treatments. Well done!

Darlene said...

Oh, Vicky, that quilt is stunning and will definitely make that sweet lady very happy. You've made Gretchen very happy, as well.

(hugs)

FrancisMoore said...

What a wonderful gift! I know the lady will love it.

mascanlon said...

Lovely quilt and even lovelier gesture. This is my year to pay it forward every time I can whether its special gifts like this or just a big tip for someone stuck waiting tables so I don't have to cook. And even better when you get now to make a second quilt with your scraps! Have a great weekend Vicky!

Kigwit said...

That is so good of you! What a kindness.

the ark said...

She will definitely love this quilt! It is beautiful and will help keep her warm during those cold chemo treatments. It will also help to know that there are people out there who care so much about her--that makes a huge difference in recovery.
Thanks for taking the time to keep blogging for us!
Tricia

Laura said...

A lovely quilt and gift.

Kim said...

Very nice quilt. I'm sure it will be very appreciated.

Sharon said...

What a fabulous gift. I used that same line of fabrics, made stars and hand quilted it while my mom was dying. That fabric like was the perfect companion for me during those long days.

pdudgeon said...

great choice! that quilt will be a gift that keeps on giving.

Sarah said...

It looks lovely and I'm sure the recipient will be loving its comfort. I love the Chocolat line. I didn't realise it was a reprint!

Kate said...

It's a beautiful quilt! I hope she finds comfort and warmth in it through this difficult journey.