My Paint Chip Quilt – Day 6 of the Superpower Blog Hop

April 18, 2014

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.

Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton Solids SUNSET Roll Up 2.5" Precut Cotton Fabric Quilting Strips Jelly RU-263-43

Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton Solids SUNSET Roll Up 2.5″

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.

paintchip placemats by crazy old ladies
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.

Paint Chip Quilt Blocks

Paint Chip Quilt Blocks

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.

Abby laughing

Oh, and of course Emmie helped too.

Emmie playing on paint chips

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?!

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Owl by Abby; designed by Aneela Hoey, from her book, Little Stitches

Here are a few more blocks we made together.

4 of my favorite Paint Chip Quilt Blocks

4 of my favorite Paint Chip Quilt Blocks

Shine edited watermark

Shine Paint Chip Quilt Block


And here is the semi-finished project….

Paint Chip Quilt, by the Late Night Quilter

Paint Chip Quilt, by the Late Night Quilter

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.

Paint Chip Quilt having it' class=

Paint Chip Quilt having it’s day in the sun

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.

Late Night Quilter – you are 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
My Stitchin-n-Stuff
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.



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  • Reply Colleen April 19, 2014 at 1:44 am

    Nurturer is a great superpower to have. Thanks for sharing your gorgeous quilt!

  • Reply jbawsew April 19, 2014 at 1:48 am

    Love your Superpower quilt, lovely! Thank you for sharing.

  • Reply Vicki Seals April 19, 2014 at 2:02 am

    Love your superpower and your beautiful quilt. Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway. vickise at gmail dot com

  • Reply jayardi April 19, 2014 at 2:11 am

    • • • What a beautiful quilt for those fearless children. You are a SUPERHERO!

  • Reply Amy @ Sew Incredibly Crazy April 19, 2014 at 3:05 am

    Beautiful work for a beautiful cause! You are a SUPER woman.

  • Reply kittywilkin April 19, 2014 at 3:15 am

    This is FABULOUS! What an inspiring story, and an inspired quilt. I just found your blog since you commented on wombatquilts, and have such a similar blog name as mine 🙂 Momma quilters unite! I’m looking forward to following you and seeing more of your creations.

  • Reply Beth April 19, 2014 at 3:52 am

    I love the quilt, and what it stands for. I too would someday like to make a quilt that I can donate to kids in need. I found an organization that I want to help ( but at this time my borrowed sewing machine is not working.

    It’s beautiful, and would look wonderful bound in white…but another thought is to use scraps of the ‘paint chips’ stitched together and used as binding…would add a POP of color!

  • Reply Pam in IL April 19, 2014 at 4:07 am

    Your quilt is lovely. I think the white binding will look good. You have a wonderful superpower!

  • Reply Ashley April 19, 2014 at 5:15 am

    What a beautiful post. Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Lee April 19, 2014 at 10:03 am

    I think a plain white binding would be great for the quilt! Wonderful work. thanks for being part of the hop!

  • Reply Michele April 19, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    wow. A wonderful quilt that is beautiful to look at AND full of inspiration and comfort.

  • Reply Cindy England April 19, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    I have that exact paint chip placemats photo pinned on my Pinterest, too, and I was even thinking about making them this morning! Cosmic fate in the working… Great idea to convert the idea into a quilt – it’s beautiful! As for the binding, I’m a sucker for scrappy binding.

  • Reply Annmarie April 19, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    I think yours is the best superpower of all!!! Happy Easter to you & Abby & Emmie…

  • Reply Marlene April 19, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    Colleen I am enthralled with your quilt – not just the beauty of it but also the direction you went. As a former counselor I know and share your admiration for children fighting mighty battles, not just cancer but so many others. The children will love this quilt and I do too! Please join more hops. I can’t wait to see what else you do. blessings, marlene

  • Reply brenda223 April 19, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    I love your paint chip quilt. While a white binding would be okay, I love the idea of using one of the lighter colors to gently encircle and enclose the quilt, an additional symbol of the nurturer, the gathering in. Unlike several posters, I don’t like the idea of scrappy for this quilt — I want a symbol of wholeness, gathering all of those strengths and inspirations together into a single whole. In general, I do like scrappy, but for some reason, not for this quilt.

  • Reply Vicki H April 19, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    Lovely post. You are woman of many superpowers.

  • Reply Saucy Chick Sherry April 20, 2014 at 12:43 am

    Stephanie your story of SuperPowers is touching my heart and soul. Your quilt is so beautiful. Thank you for sharing and Bless You. Thank you sew very much for Hopping…

  • Reply Theresa April 20, 2014 at 4:00 am

    Very lovely. You have wonderful superpowers.

  • Reply Jess April 20, 2014 at 4:33 am

    I love the shades of color, and that you’re teaching your cousin to embroider!

  • Reply Karen April 20, 2014 at 5:54 am

    Great post and truly inspiring for me. The quilt is beautiful and I think a scrappy binding of colors would look awesome.

  • Reply minibea12 April 20, 2014 at 7:55 am

    What a lovely idea for a quilt. I think a white binding would be fine!

  • Reply Danielle Wiginton April 20, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    love your quilt, and your super power. Hope you can send out the pattern for it. Great idea to do it for the kids!

  • Reply Sarah April 20, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    I am also a nurturer — so I’ll take this oportunity to remind you to nurture yourself as well. 🙂 Lovely quilt, and thanks for the giveaway!

  • Reply Kelly P April 20, 2014 at 6:18 pm

    I adore this quilt! I definitely want to make one myself. It’s just so lovely.

  • Reply janita April 20, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    Stephanie, This quilt is amazing. I love that you stitched all the words. It will be a great comfort to the child who receives it. I have enjoyed every post on this blog hop. It has set my mind thinking in so many ways. Blessings to you . Janita

  • Reply cdahlgren2013 April 21, 2014 at 12:02 am

    This quilt is great, I think anybody receiving this quilt will feel the healing power of the words you put into it.

  • Reply evelyn April 21, 2014 at 12:35 am

    Great job on the quilt your created. Love your super power. The world needs more nurturers.

  • Reply Janie April 21, 2014 at 12:56 am

    I like it! Love the place mats too. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Reply lLinda Winters April 21, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    Wow! You are obviously a nurtured! What a sweet, beautiful gift for these children!!

  • Reply Delaine April 21, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    Your quilt is so awesome! Thanks~

  • Reply Linda J April 21, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    The quilt is wonderful, but the thoughts and sentiments behind it even better. Fun that you could get Abby started with some embroidery! You are nurturing a future crafter right there.

    As for the binding, I am sure you will get a divided school of thought there. Often I like to consider the binding as part of the design and something darker does carry the eye out and frame the quilt. Also it is the part of the quilt that gets the most wear and white would show discoloration first on the edge. BUT that is the practical part of ME It is your quilt, Stephanie and YOU do where your heart leads. Glad you were able to join in the hop and I hope you will again!

  • Reply Lixie April 23, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    Love your quilt and glad to have found your blog.

  • Reply melintheattic May 3, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    LOVE this quilt. Such amazing love and it’s gorgeous to boot.

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