Very late last year (Boxing Day) a family friend of ours lost his battle with Cancer. It was a shock, we knew he'd been ill for about two years but I think with it being the time of year, he was in his very early sixties and for me, the first family friend to die, it hit us all very hard.
He left his wife who is in her 50's, they don't have children but do have horses, chickens, cats and 5 dogs lol...
I'm a very capable and organised woman and helped her with some french paperwork stuff but wanted something to show her we care and we're there for her in the next weeks, month's, years.
So what do you do, you make a quilt !!! I talked to DH and my mum about it and decided yes, I'd get on and make a quilt, even if the dogs just snuggled on it, at least she'd know we were thinking of her.
I dragged out my Alison Glass prints I had and made my go to Giant star quilt pattern from In Color Order. It's such a quick quilt to pull together, think it was made in an afternoon.
It's quilted with a very large meander. I didn't want loops or hearts but something that gave the quilt a crinkle, it was one of those perfect aurifil quilting god days, think it was quilted in an hour or so, using my go to seashell poly for longarm (I LOVE THIS THREAD) the backing was a light pink, orange, grey triangle bed sheet and it's bound in the green bike path.
I gifted it a couple of weeks ago now and I'm hoping that it is being used and abused as snuggle quilts should be :O)
I do love being able to make a quilt, my children often ask me while both snuggled under quilts, "what do other children do who's mum's don't make them quilts mum"