Thursday, October 2, 2014

Mikey's Quilt

The short story: back in August I volunteered to long arm a quilt. 

The long story: back in August I volunteered to long arm a quilt for a boy named Mikey. Mikey is 8 years old and has cystic fibrosis. In September, he traveled to California to have a liver transplant. The procedure was successful, and as I write this he is at home, watching a movie on the couch with his brother and their dog. An online community I am involved with, Fandom in Stitches, pieced an amazing super hero themed quilt for Mikey. The founder of FiS, Jennifer, assembled the quilt top with sashing and borders, and made the back. Community members donated the blocks, backing fabric, batting, money for postage, a throw pillow and a pillowcase. Jennifer mailed me the box of goodies a few weeks ago for quilting and binding. I quilted it on the Innova with 2 colors of Aurifil thread: a pretty cornflower blue and a light gold. I finished hand sewing the binding this afternoon. As I write this, Mikey's quilt is on it's way to the real hero, Mikey. It was an absolute pleasure to work on, and a really stunning quilt. I am so glad this opportunity came my way; we all know that giving back feels so, so good. With out further ado, here are a few shots of the quilt and quilting. Just to reiterate- SGQ did not piece this quilt- it was pieced by over 20 individuals, all of whom did an amazing job.

One of my favorite free motion patterns: loops and stars. 

Most of the quilting in the body of the quilt is loops.

I did some back and forth quilting on the letters.

And some ruler work to make a web for Spidey!

The different borders. Of course I managed to get a picture of the one place where the ribbon candy quilting escaped it's border.

One super quilt!

The binding and backing are a really neat comic book print.

The End.



  1. You did SUCH a gorgeous job! Thank you again and again and again for volunteering to work on this very special project. :)

  2. A truly heart warming story behind a fabulous quilt!! Your quilting is amazing :) Mikey is sure to love it!

  3. Wonderful quilting! He will love it. So nice to know people are generous to help in tangible ways.

  4. Forfeous quilt and so beautiful quilted. Congrats with the finish
    Love from Amsterdam

  5. What a great group project. Such intense colours and fabulous quilting.

  6. This is so cool, and such a great project! I'm sure Mikey is going to LOVE LOVE LOVE it.

  7. Thanks for showing your wonderful quilting on this very special project!! It was an honor for me to be able to participate with my little block!
    And I had to re-read ten times the sentence about the "ribbon candy escaping the border" because I had no idea what you were talking about :) we are our own worst critic I guess ;)
    Thanks for linking up at MOP Monday!!

  8. Mikey will love that quilt! The spider web is an especially nice touch. Nice job!

  9. Mikey is sure to love this fabulous quilt, Francesca! The quilting is amazing and really highlights each section of the quilt well. Such a beautiful finish!


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