Monday, April 1, 2013

Sew....Purple!

My friend's 9-year-old son is having open-heart surgery tomorrow. She's going to be in the hospital with him for about a week and then home during his recovery--I figured a handmade quilt might bring her a little comfort.
Purple Paper Hearts

 It took me about a second to decide to make Tula Pink's Paper Hearts quilt from the Sew Red book. I decided to make this on Thursday, so I needed a quick pattern. And, also, it's hearts...he's having heart surgery...I'm literal like that.



Purple Paper Hearts
My mom (hi mom!) suggested that I might be breaking the rules by straying from red fabrics for this quilt, but I went rogue and dug the purple fabrics from my stash. I just love the combo of the heart shapes and the chevrons.





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I would have loved to replicate the excellent Angela Walters quilting in the book, but I'm not nearly awesome enough. Instead, I did a little echo quilting in the solid fabrics and stippled the hearts.



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(P.S. All quilts shall be bound in this Bespoken print until further notice.)



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 I used the Ikea Nummer fabric for the back, and I was thrilled to discover that it's a glorious 60-inches wide. No piecing!


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A note about the Sew Red book: I'm pretty choosy when it comes to buying sewing books (mostly because my library spoils me), but I picked this one up because I really wanted to make Tula Pink's quilt. I thought it was cool that a portion of the proceeds support women's heart heath. Turns out, there's some great stuff in here.


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There are 8 other quilt patterns in here (this Valorie Wells one is really cool), along with clothing, bags, pillows, etc. The patterns are designed by the likes of Anna Maria Horner, Amy Butler, Aneela Hoey, Denyse Schmidt, Vanessa Christenson, etc etc etc. I honestly didn't look too closely at the heart health tips or recipes, but I'll definitely be trying some more of the patterns. Tula's pattern is very clear and easy to follow. (By the way, this isn't a solicited review--I bought the book with my hard-earned dinero.)



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19 comments:

Kati said...

What a sweet quilt. I'm sure your friend will appreciate it during her coming weeks. Thanks for the little review on that book as well. I haven't even heard of it.

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Erin Quinn said...

I think this is a perfect hospital gift. Literal meaning and all. With that many hearts around them they will be wrapped up in love. And I LIKE the mix of purples in there. definitely makes it more gender neutral (perfect for a little boy who is sure to steal it).
E xx

Elizabeth Dackson said...

I fully agree with your new binding decree! That is a super fab print for binding!!! And I love the purples you used, some of my favorite purple prints are in this quilt. Yay for finishing in time, and I hope that all goes well with the surgery.

Robin said...

you were right, as usual. I was being TOO literal, thinking a sew red pattern had to be red. it is beautiful and is going to bring your friend great comfort.

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CityHouseStudio said...

Katie, it's just gorgeous! Love the hearts! You did a beautiful job with this quilt!

ga447 said...

I will keep the child in our prayers, my DIL friend child had 3 heart surgeries and doctors are amazing. The quilt is perfect, we make goodie bags for the patients in Dallas, TX.

Sarah said...

Gorgeous quilt! I agree, pieced hearts and zig zags are wonderful together. I hope the surgery goes well for your friends son.

Marla said...

That binding is delicious.

Marla said...

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Jodi said...

Oh, it's gorgeous, and so appropriate and nice of you! I just might have to get that book now. And I hope your friend and her son do well during this time in their lives - wow.

Heather D. said...

Very very nice Katie. Such a thoughtful gesture. I'm sure it will be treasured.

LisaAnn said...

Beautiful quilt, Katie, and a beautiful gesture from you! God bless your friend and her son, I hope all goes well.

Lindsay Conner said...

I love this quilt, and I do think the purple has a masculine quality to it--great job! I'm positive that it will become a treasured family quilt... :)

Amy said...

I love your purple heart quilt! I will say a prayer for your friends son.

Kelli said...

Great job! And what a great gift. I think the fabrics you picked are great for a boy--I know your friends' family will appreciate it. Prayers for him.

Leah said...

I love every part of this quilt!

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