The quilt has been more of an adventure and trauma than I ever imagined quilting would be. I have only done 2 doll quilts prior to this and I know now I am very much a quilting newbie!
I have wanted to do this quilt for quite some time. And although its not fancy or perfect every stitch is made with love. Here is the story of how it came to be.
When we first heard that Ethan had been diagnosed with Diffuse Pontine Glioma, a brain stem tumor, we were devastated for Ethan and his family. Jon, his step dad, is a friend of ours through an archery forum and was our first friend when we moved to Delaware. Ethan was diagnosed in December of 2008 at only 8 years old. After 14 months of bravely fighting this horrible tumor he became an Angel in January of 2010. You can click on his photo to read more about his brave battle. I knew immediately that I wanted to do a photo memory quilt to give to his big brother Jacob. I designed a photo collage on adobe illustrator cs4 and headed on over to www.spoonflower.com to have it printed out. I had it printed on the cotton sateen which turned out fabulous. That was the easy part. I designed the pattern of the quilt myself as I am a rogue and don't like following patterns. The top went together well, but I did run into a few snags. I will never use tear a way quilt piecing or wash away stabilizer and I will always prewash everything. I could go into details but reliving it is harsh. I did free motion quilting following a continuous line stencil for part of it and just free handing the rest. I also added Jacob and Ethan's names in applique at the top. It certainly isn't perfect but I hope that it will be well loved regardless. I have to say it turned out well for my first full sized quilt and I know I will continue with quilting. I will be presenting the quilt to Jacob later on this week. Smaller thumbnails are clickable.