Y'll know I'm a big fan of Amy's Blogger's Quilt Festival, where twice a year she hosts a giant linky party for quilters to enter their quilts in a variety of categories. What a treat this online quilt show is!
I'm entering Claudia's quilt in to the Group/Bee Quilts category. I know I've recently shared this, so if you'd like to hear the whole story, click here. The quick version is that my sweet friends in That Stash Bee and I made this quilt for my friend Claudia and her family who lost their 6 year old son Michael earlier this year after a tough battle with Neuroblastoma cancer. There are no words for this kind of heartbreak, but I knew I wanted to make them a quilt in the hopes of offering some kind of comfort. I asked my bee mates for a variety of stars and the words Faith, Hope and Love in a rainbow of colors. I was in awe as the blocks started coming in! What a joy it was to put this together, although many tears were shed while making it in memory of that sweet boy.
Here's the back:
I did that giant LOVE banner and liked how it came together with the scrappy stars. This quilt was full of significant coincidences such as Michael's birth year in one of the fabrics and birds on several of the fabrics, which is a favorite of Michael's and his family.
I know this quilt is loved by my sweet friends, and I feel so grateful to my friends in That Stash Bee for their help in making this quilt for them:
It was so great to work together with friends across the miles to make this quilt. Enjoy the rest of the Festival!