My reveal for today is the finished superhero quilt.
Every quilt is a labor of love, stitching fabric, thread, and memories. In this quilt, memories are stitched in, broken hearts are mended a bit, and bright colors remind us of the Joy within us. At least that is what I hope for this quilt.
This quilt is in memory of a lovely young lady named Rachel. I was privileged to get to know Rachel just a little as she was growing up. She was a very sweet girl, with a twinkle in her eye, and always kind and friendly. Rachel would have turned 23 today. Unbeknownst to her family, Rachel had a heart defect known as Long QT Syndrome; she was taken from them very unexpectedly at the young age of 20.
According to her mom, Rachel loved superheroes and comics, so this quilt is made up of those fabrics. The pattern was chosen for its similarity to a movie reel. Rachel’s mom, Jo, chose the fabric and pattern, intending to make it herself; but life has a way of getting busy, so Jo asked me to make it. I was both humbled and honored that she asked me, and I was happy to do it for both Jo and Rachel.
Here are a few pictures of this bright, lively quilt. I fussy cut both the large squares as well as the setting squares. I pieced the backing from two Spiderman fabrics and tossed in some Batman. Jo did a great job choosing fabrics; they were really fun to play with!
I tried to get a good picture showing the intensity of the colors; it is much brighter than this. There was a slight breeze that day when I took pictures, which made it a little challenging.
The fussy cut large squares.
And the fussy cut setting squares. The quilting is an overall swirl pattern. I think it ties in well with the theme of the quilt. Connie, my longarmer, rocks!
Here’s a close up of the borders and binding.
And the backing.
And last of all, the label. This was taken by Jo; you can really see the bright colors in this shot.
The quilt was given to a family friend who helped Jo through so much after Rachel’s death. He too is a superhero fan, so it seemed fitting that this quilt go to him. I hope he enjoys it.
Enjoy your weekend, friends! Love up your family and friends while we celebrate the 4th!