Foot²Freestyle: Miss January’s Quilt

Screen Shot 2015-03-14 at 7.32.54 pmOn 5th January this year, the F²F group agreed we’d drop every-thing to get Miss January’s quilt done. Our dear friend is now in Hospice care, in the last stages of ovarian cancer.

We wanted her quilt completed as a tribute, as a memorial and as a way of showing her our love and friendship. We had no great hope of getting it done in time, but we were going to do our darnedest. The quilt will in any case be donated to raise funds for research (see this post for more details), but we hoped she’d be able to lie under it and feel the quilty hugs sewn into it.

Well, there’s nothing like a challenge. The idea was raised on 5th January, and the quilt was completed and mailed to our friend on 5th February, one month to the day. And here it is.

Pat's quilt completed Label Quilting

We owe a great debt of gratitude to Sue Brown and her son James Brown. Sue pieced and bound the quilt, and James kindly donated his longarm quilting services, which I think you’ll agree is beautiful. If you’re interested in seeing examples of his work or discussing a possible commission, his Facebook page can be found here so you can contact him.

I will be in Melbourne later this month and hope to visit Ovarian Cancer Australia. I will be offering to create a quilt a year to be sold to raise funds. If there is anyone out there who’d like to take part in this, just leave a comment below.  I promise to keep the deadlines a bit more manageable!

46 thoughts on “Foot²Freestyle: Miss January’s Quilt

  1. A really beautiful and worthwhile quilt. I hope she gets to enjoy it

  2. nanacathy2 says:

    So happy it was finished in time and I am certain it will mean a lot to her and her family.

  3. tialys says:

    We did it! Hoorah! It wouldn’t have been done so quickly without Sue & James so another big thank you to them.
    I would be happy to send you a block or two if you decide to go ahead with your quilt a year donation Kate – just let me know if, as and when 🙂

    • katechiconi says:

      Yes, we owe them much thanks. And thanks to you also for being willing to help with the donation quilts. I’ll let you know how I get on with OCA at the end of the month.

  4. claire93 says:

    well done ladies and James

  5. Cas Arthur says:

    Hi Kate! Just done a binge catchup on your blog….. Feel free to look us up while you’re in Melb! =)

  6. You guys are too much ❤

  7. Clare says:

    What a wonderful project! Here I am getting teary-eyed over my Monday morning coffee. Just beautiful.

  8. Emmely says:

    I just looked at the track and trace service and the quilt has already been delivered! Hurray!

  9. Carole says:

    That’s amazing that you achieved all that in such a short time. A huge well done to all involved.

  10. norma says:

    Lovely quilt and marvelous that you were able to get it done so quickly.

  11. Well done. Magic to get it done so quickly. You guys really came together on this.

  12. Thimberlina says:

    Well done everyone, you’re a really special bunch of ladies! I’m not a quilter YET but am hoping to have some new skills this year. I would gladly try my hand and make a block for the next one 🙂

  13. Lorij says:

    Awesome! My best friend of over 35 years passed in 2014 as the result of ovarian cancer. The quilt is an indication that folks still have lots of love and compassion for one another. Hays off to each of you. JOB WELL DONE !!!!!!!

  14. rutigt says:

    It´s a gorgeous quilt. I think it is a great of you to do this quilt. I hope she can see it and feel the warmth in it from all of you ❤

  15. Love!!!
    So happy to be part of this.

  16. The quilt is stunning and quilters always go the extra length to do something kind as well as beautiful. I’m not surprised that it has been finished in time for your friend to get it. It’s truly impressive.

  17. Grannymar says:

    Playing catchup, my feet have hardly touched the ground in the last week. The finished quilt is wonderful and the fact it has arrived in time is a credit to all the hands involved. Thanks for sharing it with us Kate. Hope the weather has eased and you are on your way south. Safe travel!

    • katechiconi says:

      I’m so glad you like it 🙂
      We are indeed south, in warm and sunny Sydney. One more day, and then we turn for home, visiting friends along our way.

      • Grannymar says:

        Enjoy the day and safe travel home.

      • katechiconi says:

        Thank you, we’ve had a marvellous time, and plan to have a bit more on the way home!

      • nettyg says:

        Me? Pick me 🙂 You might have to bring your own morning tea, just in case, but I should be seeing the light by Monday, so will make sure there’s something there. It’s still very much a building site, but there’ll be a welcoming spot on the riverbank, in fact, I’m looking forward to the break from chaos your visit will offer. “Our” quilt looks beautiful, we’re a clever bunch:) Talk to you Monday about the OCA quilt.

      • katechiconi says:

        Oh, you’re a fixture on the ‘friends to visit’ list! We’ll find something munchable to bring with us, and I’m dying to see how you’re getting on with the reno.

  18. I am so sorry to hear that she is now in the hospice. I hope she is getting the best possible care. If it is anything like Murdoch hospice here, she will be well looked after.

  19. […] I still have to receive 4 sets from fellow participants and make my own blocks to complete the quilt top. Pat passed away a little over a week ago which is why I am making 6 blocks instead of 3. We were able to complete her quilt in time for her to see it though. If you’d like to see how it turned out please visit Kate’s blog. […]

  20. […] Melbourne earlier this week, I dropped into the offices of Ovarian Cancer Australia. I showed them the quilt the F2F team had made for Pat, and asked if they’d like a quilt a year of their own for fundraising purposes. Yes please, […]

  21. […] quilt will be a grid of 6×6 12 inch (finished size) blocks, just like the quilt the F²F group made for Pat. The colour scheme will follow the theme colour of ovarian cancer, and is teal on a background of […]

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