Community Quilts from Cheryl

In all my excitement over the changes in my life recently, this email from Cheryl got buried in the email. If you send something and expect an answer and don’t answer, don’t be afraid to resend. Cheryl learned that the hard way. Sorry, Cheryl. Thanks for touching back in with me.

I have been absent for way too long from my favorite pastime of finishing charity quilts.  At the first of the year, I went on a week-long cruise with a girl friend around the western Caribbean.  We returned on 14 January.  On the following day, I started on a new chemo medicine . . . and also came down with COVID-19.  That was a memorable day for all the wrong reasons.  Throughout January, February, and March, I was as sick as a dog.  I was sleeping for 20 hours a day and was completely unproductive for the remaining hours.  I couldn’t eat because all food tasted bitter and/or nasty.  My oncologist thought I had Long COVID, but fortunately that was not the case.  I stopped taking the chemo medicine for a month, and my symptoms cleared up.  I am back on the same medicine now, but at a lower dose and I’m doing really well — no nasty symptoms have cropped up.  I am so happy to be able to climb one flight of stairs without needing to rest of 15 minutes.  It was rough, but I have been doing so much better since Easter.

The first charity top I worked on when I started feeling “normal” was this beautiful green and pink top made by Patricia C., in Howell, Michigan.  Pat C. sent this quilt top at Christmas time, so she has waited a long time to see it completed.

I quilted roses all over this rose-y fabric.  

Below, you can see that I reached the last row of quilting.  I am always happy to get to that point, mainly because I want to get started on the next quilt. 

Pat C. sent matching binding for the quilt.  I pieced it together and didn’t even bother to measure it.  You can see how the binding was exactly enough for the quilt.

When I sewed the binding closed, I was amazed at how it was Just. The. Right. Length.

Here’s the excess binding.  No kidding!  How often does that happen in a quilter’s lifetime?  Never again.

I took these photos on 8 April 2024, the day of the Total Solar Eclipse.  As you can see, it was a cloudy day here in Dallas, where we were in the path of totality.  The clouds helped me get these photos without any lighting problems.

Here are a few close-ups of some of the blocks. 

Pat C. used a line of gorgeous matching fabrics for this quilt—I’ve heard about people like that!

The colorful pinks and greens and mauve will look so nice if this quilt is used as a bedspread.

The photo below shows one of the quilted roses overlaid on the fabric roses.  This digital quilt pattern is Crimson Rose, designed by Patricia Ritter and Jessica Schick.  It is available at www.UrbanElementz.com.

Two borders finish off the intricate quilt center.

As if the lovely top and binding was not enough, Pat C. also sent matching fabric for the backing.  Would you believe that this is the first time I’ve ever used yardage for a backing?  ’Tis true.  I measured and sketched and measured and cut and measured and matched, and came up with a lovely backing.  Yes, there was more than one inch of excess backing fabric this time.  I’ve already used some of that leftover fabric in my latest scrappy quilt.  I’m making Bonnie Hunter’s Big String Quartet quilt, and I need a gazillion scrappy 3 1/2” blocks.  I find that working with these small scrappy bits is just when I need when chemo brain overtakes me.  Thanks for the contribution to my crumb box, Pat C.!

Pat C.’s quilt is going to Luke’s Closet where it will be given to a student at Dallas Theological Seminary.  I hope to take a dozen charity quilts to Luke’s Closet at the start of the fall school year.  Someone is going to love this heirloom!  

When I finished photographing this quilt, I had out-of-town guests from Virginia.  The wife likes to crochet, spin, and makes lace.  And she has also made one quilt.  After displaying Pat C.’s finished quilt for my guests, the wife got a very puzzled look on her face.  She asked, “How can someone put so much time and money and effort into such a beautiful quilt and then give it away?!”  The generosity of quilters is a mystery to those who are not part of the sisterhood (or “peoplehood” as we include Ray and other guys in our group).  If any of your readers can put it into words, I’d love to read about it.

Cheryl in Dallas

P.S.  Since I mentioned the Eclipse, I’ll share with you what Dallas folks could see with the naked eye during the four minutes of totality.  God’s display was awesome!

Oh Pat…I love the quilt!! Such soft and pretty colors. On your part Cheryl, excellent as always. I’m so happy you both are supporting such a worthy cause.

17 thoughts on “Community Quilts from Cheryl”

  1. That is a beautiful quilt, beautifully pieced and beautifully finished. I also give most of my quilts away – usually to Project Linus. I think people donate beautiful quilts that they have spent time and money creating because much of the pleasure comes in the creation, they can’t keep EVERY quilt, they believe the recipient group is doing a good thing, and/or they want others to enjoy the results of their effort.

  2. There’s so much to love about this quilt….fabric, quilting and all the love that goes in when you are blessing others.

  3. Quilts are love. The love of fabric, love of cutting, sewing, stitching it together. Love of quilting and binding. (Maybe not all parts are loved but the finished quilt is.) Love is to be shared and passed to others. It is all about love and sharing love.

  4. Cheryl what a beautiful quilt. Someone will definitely love receiving this quilt. So happy to see your post and to hear the chemo drugs are working out for you now. You answered mine and my husband’s questions on buying a long arm several years ago. We bought the longarm and my husband loves it. He has been quilting all my tops which are mostly donation quilts too.

  5. Such a beautiful quilt. Someone is going to treasure this forever!
    Glad to hear you are doing better.
    Love and prayers

  6. Jeri Dillavou

    Dear Cheryl,
    Beautiful work! Best wishes for a complete recovery. God bless and heal you in Jesus precious name. Amen.

  7. That is a beautiful quilt praise God that you have recovered from all of your ills. You said that’s the first time you’ve used fabric as a backing. I’m curious what you use as a backing if not fabric. I am new to quilting and just learning a lot of things about it.

  8. What a beautiful quilt and quilting! Thank you Cheryl and Pat. So glad to hear you are doing better, Cheryl. I can only imagine what your were going through. Prayers for you!!

  9. Rebecca Burch

    Pat & Cheryl, together (& separately) you made a simply stunning quilt. I love pink & green together & this gorgeous quilt only reinforces that feeling in me. Someone is gonna LOVE this beauty! Thank you for sharing it with us!

  10. Thank you so much for the piecing (Pat) and quilting and finishing, Cheryl! What a team! Hope you continue gaining strength Cheryl! Sounds like you went through a very tough time! Hugs and best wishes!!

  11. Beautiful work, and it’s so good to hear that you’re feeling some better!
    About the generosity of quilters … I often say that if I could send someone a hug in the mail, I think it would look and feel a lot like a quilt. Giving away a quilt, for me, is usually an expression that I want someone to be able to wrap up in that quilt and remember that they are loved.

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