Saturday, February 19, 2011

Chemo Quilt

This is my first, and last, attempt at machine quilting.  It was, I thought, an unmitigated disaster.  Laura knows the whole sad story.  It was always intended for Andy and he was heartbroken.  You can bring your own blankie to chemo and he wanted his sad, unbound, in pieces quilt, no matter what.  He just sewed some black bias tape around the edges of the largest piece and turned it into a lap quilt, the perfect size for the chemo lounge chair.  Being married to a theater costumer who can sew has many advantages.  This quilt is a survivor.  My beloved husband is too.


  1. And a very sharp-dressed survivor, at that. How blessed you are to have each other!

  2. It looks good to me.

    So, the quilt is imperfect, just like you are imperfect, just as we all are. Can you not sew it together, even if it's not 'right'?

    Love you, sis!

  3. Actually, there's nothing wrong with the piece Andy salvaged and bound, other than it wasn't the intended size. It turned into a "quilt as you go" project that had a long drawn out story of multiple attempts at rescue and many, many hours of struggle and repeated attempts on my part. I just didn't see at the time that it would turn out to be the perfect size for keeping warm and being comforted while sitting in a chair. The fabric is reminiscent of Japanese kimonos he was around as he grew up in Japan and brings back happy memories. What I thought at the time was beyond me, as I was not able to join the parts successfully after repeated attempts, turned into triumph! It just took its own time.

  4. Beauty from ashes, in a quilt! It's so neat how a quilt, and the quilting process, takes on a life of its own. You have a plan and think something's going to turn out a certain way, and it doesn't - it turns out either better or worse than anticipated. But the ones that turn out worse than anticipated, in the end, just turn out differently than you could have ever imagined. And take a little longer to get there.

    If Andy has to have chemo, he may as well go wrapped in the comfort and love in that quilt!

  5. I tried to put this comment on your blog, under the photo of the machine-quilted quilt, but couldn't figure out how to do it (It said I needed to "choose a profile" and I didn't know what that meant). So this is what I wrote;
    "I am so, so glad that this quilt didn't end up abandoned and unloved. (I had heard about the disastrous machine-quilting also.) It is beautiful and it's wonderful that Andy appreciated it and knew what to do with it. I know how good it feels to be wrapped in a quilt you love when you aren't feeling well!

  6. Lynne, is that one of your projects on the wall behind Andy?

    As far as the 'select profile', you need to be signed in to something like 'gmail' and have set up a profile. I did it in order to post here. :)

  7. Lor, yes that's John 6:35 I stenciled on the wall. I did it 10 years ago along with other stenciling projects all over my house. I love them but now I can't repaint my wall without painting over them. So I'm stuck with "builder's beige" in certain places!

    Andy is standing in front of our Chippendale reproduction library stand that holds our leather bound King James Bible illustrated by Rembrandt. I love that stencil right where it is. Of course, I could paint and then redo the stencil, if I had any ambition. :)