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 mdmsamm April 18, 2014 at 8:22 am

    this is soooooo lovely and yes totally with you with being a Mumm to 4 you certainly have superpowers so glad you joined us and hope to see you have talent too.

    • Reply mdmsamm April 18, 2014 at 8:49 am

      p.s just plain white binding is my suggestion.

  • Reply Kylie April 18, 2014 at 8:41 am

    That was so inspirational. I was very touched. I also loved the quilt

  • Reply charlotte m. April 18, 2014 at 9:05 am

    What a beautiful quilt and a wonderful story. I think you nailed it.

  • Reply Sandra Louise April 18, 2014 at 9:43 am

    What a touching story, and the quilt turned out beautifully. I think I’d keep the binding white to keep the focus on the color blocks and the words.

  • Reply Nana B April 18, 2014 at 10:01 am

    It takes a special person to work with sick children. I, too, love ombré.

  • Reply Anita April 18, 2014 at 10:30 am

    A lovely story, and a beautiful quilt! I would suggest a grey binding.

  • Reply Vicki B April 18, 2014 at 10:38 am

    you sound like a wonderful, caring physician. Love the quilt.

  • Reply Elizabeth April 18, 2014 at 10:44 am

    Beautiful quilt made by a beautiful person!

  • Reply Thearica Burroughs April 18, 2014 at 10:48 am

    Your story is so touching and inspiring! And isnt it fun to create with someone who shares the same love for what you do.

    I would suggest making your binding from the paint chip strips… Sew them all together so the binding is one big world of color all the way around. 🙂

  • Reply Emily C April 18, 2014 at 11:23 am

    I love that this is going to a sick child, what a great idea! I like the idea I have seen other people make, that you should make the edging be a rainbow. You already have plenty of white and a bit of color on the edge will look great.

  • Reply withajoyfulheart April 18, 2014 at 11:27 am

    What a lovely quilt! Like Thearica I suggest using all the colours of your paint chips. Some people have made beautiful binding doing this and it just makes their quilts pop! Beautiful idea to pass on the love and whichever child receives your quilt will feel enveloped in love and a warm embrace! Welcome to the hops!

  • Reply Shirlee Fassell April 18, 2014 at 11:45 am

    You are a lovely person and you made a quilt filled with love.!!

  • Reply Dorian April 18, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    What a beautiful gift. A lovely quilt. A child is going to love this. You did a great job 🙂

  • Reply Christa April 18, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    What a great quilt! Some little child will certainly be comforted by it. The binding? If you have any leftover pieces of fabric, I would do a scrappy binding, using a bit of each of the fabrics around quilt. And the quilt from Green Fairy is only surpassed by the gorgeous quilting! Welcome to blogland!

  • Reply Emma Broidery April 18, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    This is a beautiful quilt and a beautiful story. Maybe we truly can change the world! Tell Abby that’s an awesome owl!

  • Reply Doris Quilting Queen April 18, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    What a touching story and a stunning quilt. Some child will be blessed by your generosity! Welcome to your first hop. I hope you’ll join in for more! It’s SEW much fun! Oh and my vote is for a white binding too. And Abby does a fabulous job with her handwork. Sew inspiring to see young ones want to work with a needle and thread.

  • Reply doubledee11 April 18, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    What a great quilt. I love the words that you and Abby embroidered on it. I have seen something similar to this (I can’t remember where or what) and it is such an eye-catcher! Someone will be blessed by this quilt.

  • Reply Vickie April 18, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    Someone will find comfort in this inspiring quilt. A solid color binding would set it off beautifully.

  • Reply Jen B April 18, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    Your quilt is beautiful, a white binding would look great, but then so would a scrappy binding, made with the same fabrics as the quilt top.

  • Reply Quilter Kathy April 18, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    Love love superlove it! A fantastic idea, and I love that you included a young stitcher in the process so she can learn to love stitching too! I would either make a scrappy binding, or I would put blue on the top half and purple on the bottom half! Great job!

  • Reply Pieces to Patch April 18, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    Beautiful quilt! You are such an inspiration to me. I love your superpower quilt idea. It’s takes special people to take time to care for others, and reading your blog entry makes you one of those special super people. I’ve never heard of Mdm Samm and I thought this blog hop idea was great!

  • Reply Carla April 18, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    Stephanie, your superpower is beautiful. Great quilt and what wonderful assistants you had. Be sure and let Abby know her owl is adorable.

  • Reply Bonnie in Iowa April 18, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    What a beautiful quilt. Love the embroidered words. I made a quilt for our niece when she was going through treatment for leukemia. She had it with her all of the time. “Believe” was the word we used on the label. Love the little owl. I have a granddaughter who is getting into embroidery and really likes doing it.

  • Reply Joan April 18, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    Your super power shines thru in your project. Nothing better than being a nurturer. Signs of a truely great Mom! 🙂

  • Reply Carol April 18, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    Your post is so beautiful as is that quilt. Such sweet words on those blocks! Thanks for sharing your superpower. :O)

  • Reply earlymorningquilter April 18, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    Beautiful quilt. I just love the paint chip idea.

  • Reply ncbev April 18, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    You’re must be good at nurturing because I have come away from that post feeling so good. I love your writing and your quilt is amazing. I’m so glad to ‘know’ you. Thanks for a chance to win.

    bevwalks at aol dot com

  • Reply laurarieben April 18, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    Great quilt! You found a great superpower!

  • Reply Mara April 18, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    4 children, wow, I guess you ARE a nurturer! Beautiful Quilt you should write a tutorial for how you did it, it is lovely! If you have extra strips maybe you would want to combine them to make a colorful binding.

  • Reply buntyw April 18, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    I love your quilt – white would be lovely for the binding. Or how about using some of your leftovers in all the different colours?

  • Reply Sandy April 18, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    Beautiful, the quilt and your story. Cancer patients touch my heart. I hope you have a chance to visit my blog. My group is in the process of making a quilt for cancer patients. I hope ours turns out as beautiful as yours.

  • Reply Jane April 18, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    What a great idea…so leat and clean. Your were also lucky to have such a helper.

  • Reply Pat April 18, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    Beautiful and touching. Thanks for sharing … 🙂 Pat

  • Reply Stacey April 18, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    That quilt is going to make someone very happy, and that goes a long way in healing.

  • Reply Charlene April 18, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    What a great story and super power! We need more nurturers like you in the world. Beautiful quilt!

  • Reply Marianne April 18, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    I’d bind it in white also. It turned out very pretty.

  • Reply Kathy Davis April 18, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    Love how the colors flow together on your quilt. Thanks, Kathy

  • Reply Brandy Pettit April 18, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    What a wonderful experience it has been to read this post! You have so much love flowing through it, teaching your cousin and getting to spend time with her, and then sharing your quilt with children who can use comfort at all times, it’s just great. I think it would be really pretty to take any scraps of the colors you have left over and make the binding using them, to continue the hombre effect around the outside of the quilt. It just adds to the playfulness of the multicolor look I think. You did a fabulous job, thank you so much for sharing!

  • Reply Rachel April 18, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    Nice work! I love the embroidered words. What a special piece. And thanks for the chance to win!

  • Reply Pam S April 18, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    What a moving post! Thanks you for nurturing those dear children. Your quilt is awesome, and I love the idea of minky for the back. Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply JuliaP April 18, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    What a moving and inspiring story. Love your quilt! Thanks for sharing such a wonderful blog post.

  • Reply Kim M April 18, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    I love the embroidered words and I think a scrappy binding in the same colors as the paint chips would look great. No matter what though, I’m sure it will be loved by those children!

  • Reply cindy April 18, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    Beautiful post! Your quilt design is wonderful….all those solids look great and the embroidery is so so so perfect. Well done.

  • Reply Mary Pat Caliihan April 18, 2014 at 10:21 pm

    Stephanie, you made me weep. I also work with little people and I really related to the moving way you write about those things that are important to you. Your quilt is amazing as is your heart and your post. I hope you will join us more often, although I am sure you are pretty busy! I am now following you 🙂

  • Reply LJ April 18, 2014 at 10:45 pm

    Stephanie, what a lovely and inspiring post. I look forward to reading/seeing more of you; I hope that you’ll continue to join in MS’s hops. In the meantime, I will be following you with Feedly. Your project is wonderful not only because of it’s destination but also because it’s a wonderful looking quilt. Be sure to post pictures of the final finish. I think I’d like to see a pieced binding with all the colors you used in the quilt. Having each fabric piece be around 3-4 inches in length – of course, I’d sew them together with a diagonal seam. Have you used a cuddle fabric for the backing before? When I used it awhile back, it was suggested that I not use a batting with it, to spray baste, and to use a walking foot – just a few ideas but perhaps you are a pro.

  • Reply Carolina April 18, 2014 at 11:01 pm

    What a beautiful story and a Lovely Quilt, the colors aré great! In my opinión, a white binding sounds great! Big hug from a new follower 🙂

  • Reply Corrie April 18, 2014 at 11:41 pm

    Loved your post Stephanie. The quilt is great. It always feels good to make what you see in your head. I think grey would be good for the binding. Just a little bit of contrast, but not in your face. Good luck!

  • Reply Melissa Miller April 19, 2014 at 12:03 am

    I really like the cool colors used.

  • Reply purlbuttons April 19, 2014 at 12:29 am

    Yes, you are a nurturer. One of the very best, I can just tell. Keep up the good work. You have my heart to boost to your super power. I will be thinking about you and your young fighters. And Emmie and your lovely embroidery assistant, Abby!

  • Reply Pauline April 19, 2014 at 1:20 am

    Stephanie…WOW, what a beautiful post….a beautiful quilt…stitched by a beautiful person!! Welcome to blog hopping. I am so glad you joined the blog hop. Your quilt will be a great comfort to a child going through treatment…I luv the embroidered words of encouragement. I can tell you are a super person with many many superpowers!! Thank you sEw much for sharing this beautiful part of your life!! No matter how you bind your quilt…it will be awesome!! Hugs and Happy stitching, Pauline

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