National Craft Month Dedication – Gwen from North Liberty, IA

“This is a quilt I made for my parents shortly after my dad was diagnosed with terminal cancer. I love this quilt because it was made with love for my parents and was made almost totally from my fabric stash from some of favorite scraps from other quilts I made.

I can see pieces of quilts I made for other family members and scraps from doll clothes I made my nieces, so just looking at the quilt reminds me of other quilts and people I love. I wanted to put a special message in this quilt so I chose the X and O pattern and put it together from 5″ squares.

On two sides of each square I put a 2 1/2″ grey square that was marked with a diagonal stitching line, and I trimmed the excess fabric after sewing the 2 1/2″ squares. To make it clearer to my parents that I was making the quilt with love, I chose black and white fabrics and set them in a X-O-X-O pattern on the diagonal where they stand out from all the other blocks. I didn’t make this from a pattern – but I did see similar quilts in various magazines.  No where else in the quilt is black and white fabric used. Dad was able to enjoy this quilt the his last couple of months.”

Gwen from North Liberty, Iowa

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