Last week I got to work on a commissioned quilt for a special friend. One of my choir directors is in the process of reassessing his life and that includes a move from the DC area back to his home in Ohio to be closer to family and friends, as well as a time for discernment for his future in and out of the church. He is one of the kindest, funniest, most irreverent and still holy people I know. He asked me if I could make a stained glass style of large throw for him, something to comfort him, and to remind him of me. I was so honored and delighted.
And so I designed and created a piece for him filled with light and love. I used bright colored flannels for the front of the quilt for the warmth factor and for the sense of light coming through the windows. For the backing, I chose a 100% cotton batik fabric in sky blues with large impressionistic sunflowers. I created the pattern then cut and pieced each “pane of glass” separately.
By using a “stack and whack” cutting method I was able to assure all the pieces were cut the same, and then it was just a matter of re-aligning the colors for the different “windows”. Once that was done, I cut 1″ black binding strips and sewed them in a set pattern. (I had to decide which pattern pieces needed to be joined first, and then add on from the inside out.)
Once each of the nine windows was completed, I then cut backing and batting for each individual window. It was easier to quilt each window separately and then attach them to each other for the whole. I had a tough time deciding on a backing. First I wanted to use a lime green linen I had, but then the blue batik with sunflowers really stole my heart.
Once each window was quilted and trimmed, I sewed the fronts together with a 1/4″ seam. After that, the back was completed using a french seam to hide edges.
The final quilt measured 62″ x 58″ and was received with much excitement and love!
I was so happy to create something that he would cherish for a lifetime!