If you're not new here, you've already seen this quilt but if you're here because of the Blogger's Quilt Festival, the quilt I'm about to show you is very special. Let me tell you it's story.
My mom started it 10 years ago (we counted) and it has been sitting in a plastic bin for probably that long. The middle was all pieced (thank god because I hate piecing little squares!) and almost all the other fabric was cut, ready to be pieced.
This year was my mom 50th birthday (in April) and in January, we decided I would make her a quilt for her birthday so we picked fabric (took us 3 hours!) and we started designing something for her (based on a Kaffe Fassett's Quilt). We received the fabric and I started making it but I was kind of sad because I wanted it to be a suprise and she was there every step of the way, deciding with me that we would not be using this fabric, that we would change this block for this one... you get it ? There was no suprise, really and that made me sad...
Then she learned she had breast cancer (she's fine now, she had the surgery to remove the cancer and she's starting radiotherapy in a couple days, don't worry) and she decided to go to Costa Rica with her boyfriend for two weeks right after the surgery.. That's when I decided that I would finish this quilt and give it to her as a suprise for her birthday ! She left on friday night, I worked all weekend and on sunday night, I did all of the cutting that needed to be done and I pieced it in a couple of ours on Monday morning because I was meeting my long arm machine quilter in the afternoon (in Montreal, which is a 2 hours drive). I never thought it would be finished on time, but it was (and I was soooo happy it was!).
He (yes, my quilter is a he!), did an amazing job with this quilt. I told him to do what he wanted and I'm glad I did because I was really impressed ! He quilted flowers and hummingbirds and it's almost like embroidery. Each flower took him 32 minutes to make !
I gave it to my mom a week after his birthday because it wasn't ready when I thought it would be but it's ok. I was so nervous when I gave it to her but she really love it and she couldn't believe that is was all done !
There is a little label that says "Through the eyes of our mother, we discover the dimensions of love".
And then it says that the quilt was started by my mom and finished by me for her 50th birthday in April 2012.
I hope you enjoyed reading it's story. It's a very special quilt to me, even though it's not mine.
Don't forget to stop by Amy's blog to see all the other quilts !