Saturday, April 16, 2011

shauna's quilt

Our friend, Shauna, was recently diagnosed with cancer and had surgery this past Monday. It went well and the news was good, though she still has quite a road ahead of her. Shauna lost her mother to cancer at a young age, so she's been vigilant about having mammograms. Thank goodness.

The girls in our neighborhood/ward got together and made a quilt for Shauna. We want her to wrap up in it and feel our love and support for her. It's beautiful and many who have seen it finished commented that it's "so Shauna." I agree. Jen and Marina picked out the perfect fabric and Jen cut it all out. Those of us who sew took a stack of blocks to piece. Others contributed to pay for the quilt and Amber took the left over pieces and made a darling bag to match and fill with gift cards and other fun stuff to help Shauna in her recovery. It was definitely a group effort.

Here's a look at the finished quilt.

Isn't it beautiful?

This is the backing fabric.

Monica chose the binding fabric and stitched in on. It's perfect. Jen did all the quilting and added this special touch:

If I had to choose three words to describe Shauna, they would be: faithful, optimistic, strong, compassionate, obedient, intelligent and funny. So I can't count. :) My experience with Shauna is that her greatest gift is the strength of her testimony. She is a wonderful example to others and a great mother and wife. These qualities will help her get through the difficult times in her recovery. And we'll all be there for her too.

I love you Shauna and pray for you and your family every day. Big hugs!   

***Update: First of all, Shauna has made a full recovery. We are all so grateful! Second, I've had many readers e-mail about the details of Shauna's quilt, so I thought I'd include them here. These are the finished dimensions (no seam allowances included).

Finished size: 65 x 74
8x8 blocks (2" strips)
1 1/2" sashing
4" border



  1. Wow, it's gorgeous! Thank you so much for all the support you've shown my sister-in-law! I know as a family we hugely appreciate it. Thank you thank you thank you!!

  2. beautiful colors! Wish I had patience to make things like that.

  3. I got teary-eyed when Shauna showed me this quilt and explained where it came from. Thank you for taking such good care of her! (I'm also a sister in-law.)

  4. I'm one of Shauna's cousins. What a beautiful, kind gesture from wonderful friends. It's comforting to know that she's so well loved and watched over. She's wonderful....and obviously, so are her friends. :)

  5. So beautiful! Talented ladies. Our prayers are with their family.

  6. Very nice quilt. I hope Shauna has a complete recovery. You all are very talented.

  7. That's beautiful! I think it looks like Shauna too, great job! Lots of prayers and love for her and her family too. Thank you for doing this for my sweet friend!

  8. What a beautiful quilt and such a loving thought. I don't know Shauna but hope for the best for her and her family.

  9. What a beautiful quilt! (And what an incredibly thoughtful, wonderful gift.)

  10. Beautiful quilt, bright and cheery! I would love to have the pattern for it!

  11. Beautiful work, Kim (and friends!)! Can you tell me.... (if you remember?) which fabric collection you used for Shauna's quilt? Thanks so much! I hope Shauna is still doing well.

  12. Thank God she is doing well. Regardless of how she is feeling she will.feel.the love for sure. You all are great friends. My mom is now in nursing home before her time. Unfortunately her caretakers, mind you I knew main one since I wad 11 now i. 41. I cant tell you the fear, bit yruth always comes out. I'd love too know how to make think for her. If you have more parren i would love to know. I will.incudetAFB@microsoft.comwillincude words of love, joy, and most importantly love from.her grand children since I live over am hour away visiting isn't easy. I can did make a bag for her in turn was stolen so time for a quilt.any help will be so helpful.