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Friday, February 22, 2013

helen's quilt

I have a friend, Helen, who is sweet and caring and can always make me laugh. Seriously, she's hilarious. She's also authentic to the core and very knowledgeable of the gospel--all things I very much admire about her. One thing she apparently is not, is graceful. :)

While painting a room in her home a few weeks ago, she took a major dive off of or onto (?) a chair and got a spiral fracture in her leg. I'd describe what that is, but it's super gross and would make you cringe. I just did--eck. Following her surgery, she's been at a rehab center for physical therapy. As much as I'm sure everyone there is enjoying her humor and antics, I know she's going nuts without her family and friends.

To give Helen a little comfort and remind her we're thinking of her, some friends got together and made her a quilt. Actually, Jen Ostler did most of the work, the rest of us got to help. The whole thing came together in three days. I know...amazing!


  • Purchase or pull together fabric from your stash. (Be sure to use your friends favorite colors.)
  • Pre-cut all the pieces and stack into blocks.
  •  Send out an e-mail (Jen used our ward's Google group) for everyone to either come over and sew a block or two or take one home and do it. (It took me about 20 minutes to sew and press two blocks.)
  •  Sew the blocks together with the sashing and borders. Layer quilt top, batting and backing.
  •  Make a run to a favorite quilt shop--or three--for a backing.
  •  Send out or do the quilting yourself.
  •  Give to someone who can bind a quilt lightening-fast (that's Monica Steelman).  
Jen embroidered a sweet message before sewing on the sashing.

After much contemplation, the extra little band of cream between the border patterns, was just what it needed. Great choice Jen, it's perfect. :)

I love the backing. Another friend, Amber Bonner, used scraps of the fabrics to make a matching bag. It's beautiful! 

Love you, Helen. We're ready for you to come home!

NOTES: The original pattern is for a baby quilt that measures 40 1/2" x 51 1/2". Helen's quilt is 60 x 76. Total blocks: 36. Fabric used: 9 fat quarters, 1 1/2 yards for sashing, 1/4 yard for border 1 (2" finished), cream scraps for border 2 (1" finished), 1/2 yard for border 3 (4 1/2" finished), and 1/2 yard for binding cut at 2 1/4", approximately 4 yards for backing (depending on if you use fabrics from the front for piecing). Purchase Simplify With Camille Roskelley: Quilts for the Modern Home for original pattern.

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  1. Now that I'm finished quietly weeping, I can post a comment.

    When Marci and Jen brought me the quilt, I held it together. No tears. When I showed it to all the nurses and PTs, no tears. Mostly, I just felt stunned.

    Now I'm home, just chilling with the fam, and I read this blog. BAM! Out of nowhere the tears start flowing and I'm all choked up. This is such a beautiful gift, prepared by loving hands and caring hearts. I'm not really sure how to express how much this has touched my heart and comforted me at a very vulnerable time. Thank you, my dear friends.

    BTW, I was stepping up onto a chair to paint up high. Unfortunately, the chair was on tile and slipped out from underneath me. I came back down my right leg, hard. The femur jammed into the tibial plateau and crushed it, also breaking the tibia in two additional places and breaking the fibula. The doctor said they rate the breaks from 1 to 6 and this break is a 6 1/2.
    I shall never paint again!!!

  2. This is awesome. You ladies are wonderful. I got to see the quilt because Helen is my sister-in-law. Here I am just scrolling through ideas for RS activities and I find this on pinterest. Thanks for taking care of Helen. I know she really appreciated it. She was so excited to show me what you had done.