The quilted gift, Explosion of Teal Love, is finally finished. And yes, I realize that the photo here doesn’t show the quilt in all of its Teal Glory. But we have had a week of wind and rain and grey days and looking ahead I see we have another week of the same. The teal and fushia colors on this quilt look quite garish surrounded by grey.
This quilt was made for a friend that is receiving treatment for breast cancer. She is a little more than halfway though treatment, finished with chemo and on to radiation. I hope that this will be a gift of celebration for her and not a painful reminder of sorrow-filled months of terror and pain. Teal is her favorite color.
I used the Twister template from CS Designs and a fat stack of batik fat quarters, pieces from my stash and added a focus fabric to create this quilt. My stash is now almost entirely depleted of teals since I used them up to create the backing.
I started this quilt in September, it has taken me this long to finish it because it has been very hard for me to let it go. As you quilters know, when we create a gift for someone there is usually a lot of prayer and thought that go into the fabric choices, the cutting, the stitching and the quilting. When the quilt is done the pray is over. It’s a very sad moment for me … it’s almost as if I am letting that person go at the same time.
The first time I made a quilt using this pattern I didn’t have a template, I made my own. It was given away as a raffle quilt gift to a local National Guard unit.
It’s a really fun quilt to make, full of surprises as you see the pattern come together. You start with a bunch of squares sewn together and then cut out more squares using the template and then sew the squares back together again.
Yeah, I know, I just made it sound confusing and complicated, but it really isn’t!
This pattern does, however, waste a bit of fabric because there are leftovers. But I just put those leftovers in a stack and make a miniature of the larger quilt.