It’s here! It’s here! It’s finally my day for the Mdm Samm Superpower Blog Hop. It’s my first hop ever, and I have been over-the-top excited. So thank you Mdm Samm for giving us these opportunities to connect with each other, and thank you Pauline from Quiltn Queen for keeping us organized and together on this hop. Today I’m going to share my Paint Chip Quilt with you. It’s my first original pattern (and I hope I’ll have many more to come!)
Mdm Samm really did us all a favor when she came up with the idea for this blog hop. I mean, who doesn’t need a little help appreciating their own talents? It’s easy to get stuck in the I wish I could do that mentality, or even worse, the I really really suck at this mentality.
But an assignment to think positively about ourselves!? That does wonders for the self esteem….
It wasn’t until I was well into sewing this project that I realized my hidden superpower.
I began with this as my inspiration… such pretty colors. I’m a sucker for ombre.
Before I show you the results of my labor, I must tell you about the superpower, right? That was the deal in doing this blog hop.
Well, years ago, when I was a young psychologist I began my career at a children’s hospital working with children with cancer. Each day spent with these children was a gift. They taught me so much about what it means to live life. And what it means to be a true superhero. I long to see those children again…
So when I first read Mdm Samm’s idea for a What’s Your Superpower? blog hop, I immediately thought of those children. And for some odd reason, I thought of this Paint Chip Quilt I had been dreaming of making. Somehow the two thoughts became strangely fused together.
A long time ago, I saw these paint chip place mats by Emily at Crazy Old Lady Quilts. But I couldn’t find the fabric she used anymore, and after scouring the internet, I couldn’t find a pattern for a paint chip quilt that looked like the one in my head.
So what’s a mediocre, inexperienced quilter to do?
Make her own pattern, of course!
So I pulled my Kona Cotton jelly rolls in Sunset and in White off the shelves. And I came up with a plan. The construction would have to be completely different than Emily’s; and instead of embroidering names for the paint chip colors on the blocks, I would embroider words that describe the superpowers of these special children.
When I lay in bed at night, sometimes I think of the frail children I knew whose bodies were battling both cancer and the poisonous effects of chemo. Those amazing, inspiring children still managed to race down the white empty halls of the hospital, with mischievous grins and giggles. Watching their fearlessness filled me with lightness, sadness and hope all at the same time.
Fight… Believe…. Live…. Laugh…. Survive… these are the words that define their superpowers. These are the words I would lovingly stitch on this quilt that I will send to my friends at the hospital. I will ask them to give it to a child who needs it.
I had help with this project this week. My sweet, kind, artistic 16-year-old cousin Abby is visiting for her spring break. And she willingly worked with me to create something that some child somewhere will love.
Oh, and of course Emmie helped too.
I taught Abby to embroider using DMC threads, of course… and now I can’t get her to stop. She’s over on the couch right now working on a new project as I write this. Oh she just finished! Look what she made! How cute is that?!
Here are a few more blocks we made together.
And here is the semi-finished project….
We decided to use white, fluffy, silky, soft minky on the back. It needs to be extra cuddly if we’re making it to provide warmth and comfort to a child who’s stuck in a cold, sterile hospital, right?
But we haven’t decided on the binding yet. What do you think? I’m leaning toward keeping it simple and clean, and binding in white, but I could use your advice.
Now, what about my superpower? I promised Mdm Samm and Pauline I would come up with one.
Well, embroidering all those words made me realize my power. I’m a nurturer. An encourager. A caretaker. This is who I am. Whether I’m working in the world of psychology, or I’m caring for my 4 children, this is who I strive to be.
I feel the happiest and most alive when I’m taking care of others. I feel the most fulfilled when I bring someone else peace……. solace.
Well, if you’ve made it this far in my post, I think you deserve a little reward, don’t you? So leave me a comment and I’ll enter you into a drawing to win a $20 gift certificate from Green Fairy Quilts. I’m obsessed with Judi Madsen’s amazing quilting, so I love the idea of supporting her business.
Here are my other blogger friends participating in the rest of this blog hop. Please visit them too! If you’d like to see all the other posts from earlier this week, you can find the whole list here.
Just Keep Swimming
I Piece 2-Mary
The Fuzzy Hat Quilter
Kids and Sewing
Sew many yarns
Malini’s Quilting Adventure
Pig Tales and Quilts
pieces by polly
Buzzing and Bumbling
The Distracted Domestic
Sew We Quilt
I hope I get the chance to connect with all of you in Blogland through posts and projects to come. I have loved following the wonderful, artistic people who participate in many of Mdm Samm’s blog hops. She inspires us all to share and support and enjoy each other’s creativity.
It’s undeniable… quilters and embroiderers make the most wonderful friends!
I hope you enjoyed my paint chip quilt today. I’ll be posting the pattern soon here on my blog, so check back for the PDF, or comment or email me and I’ll send it right to you.