A Special Quilt of Hope

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This is a very special quilt, perhaps the closest to my heart! I started making it in February this year, as a Valentine’s Day challenge entry for my facebook quilting group, Desi Quilters. I had just managed to get the pieces ready for English paper piecing, when my daughter fell seriously ill.

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She was hospitalized for 2 months, when there was someone very special who gave us faith she and we would come out of it, stronger than before.
“Cruel harsh winter
Ablaze with flowers of hope.
Summer’s in my heart.”
The unfinished pieces lay there forlorn and rolled up, to emerge in September, for yet another group challenge, ‘Flowers’. Finally completed, here it is.

Small Quilted wall hanging 25" X13" English Paper pieced clamshells, appliqued, machine free motion quilted. Flannel batting

Flowers of Hope – Small Quilted wall hanging

This piece is also special, because it is the first time I tried free motion quilting, quite successfully, I thought!

Back of Flowers of Hope  - Small Quilted wall hanging

Back of Quilt

(The use of the lighter brown in the bobbin case was not intentional – I just ran out of the darker thread  :-p)

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I added a few French knots to give some dimension to the flowering trees.

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Today we are faced with yet another situation where we need strength and hope, lots of it!
My faith continues to give me belief we shall overcome this too!
“…but winter always turns to spring. Never, from ancient times on, has anyone heard or seen of winter turning back to autumn. ” Nichiren Daishonin
And so,
बीहड़ उजाड़ मन.
गुलमोहर अमलतास बन
झूमी आस किरन…

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11 thoughts on “A Special Quilt of Hope

    • Thank, Nima! I had to bury literally dozens of threads on the left side, before I got a hang of the free motion quilting and completed the right side without cutting the thread even once! 🙂

  1. Such a beautiful quilt and so brilliantly executed too…but the thoughts and words you’ve penned are even more beautiful. Hope and faith will help you overcome this problem too. Chin up.

  2. It is a beautiful quilt Madhu. I love what it stands for – faith and hope. I hope it continues to strengthen you through your difficult journey. By the way, your machine quilting is perfect! It adds lot of character to the quilt.

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