Sisterly Love

My sister has always been my biggest cheerleader and my quilting adventure is no exception. She provides artistic review of all my quilt designs. She phones me to chat while I am quilting, which keeps me going. She is wonderful. So to reward such a wonderful person, I decided to make a very special quilt for Christmas.

Close up of quilting

She really liked my whole cloth quilts. So that was a good place to start. I wanted it to be something she could use routinely, so a table runner would be perfect. I picked a camel sateen fabric, extra loft poly batting and paired it with black and burgundy threads.

Once materials were selected, I needed to come up with a design. It had to be personal and reflect our relationship. To me quilts are more than the fabric and thread, the design should represent the people making and/or receiving it. We both love flowers, so the HandiQuilter Jade Spinning Wheel was a good template for the flower center. Angela Walter’s Archie ruler made a great border design. The quilt would be filled with free motion hearts (I have to say that was fun). Finally, for the personal touch – our names and two quotes about sisterly love:

  • Chance made us sisters, hearts made us friends.
  • A sister is one who reaches for your hand and touches your heart.
Sisterly Love

The true test of you design is the reaction of the recipient. My sister loved it!

I encourage each of you to try designing a whole cloth quilt for someone – even yourself. The freedom of the blank fabric to make your design is incredible and the results can be astounding.

Happy Quilting


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