This project started because I was looking for another charity project. I have a good friend, Marti Lew, whose husband is a Pediatric Oncologist. I asked if he would like some chemo quilts. YES he would. I tried to get fabric a child might enjoy. For the flannel I wanted both bright colors and a soft hand. Some of the flannel had so much printing, it was not soft enough for me. I volunteered to make a dozen. The next quilts are going to be a mix of strips and squares so that I can use more variety PLUS make them a bit more interesting.
Chemo Quilt - Tinkerbell
40" x 56"
Everything was done on my machine. This is the first binding I have attempted in a few years because of arthritis in my thumb joints. I ironed and glued it in place then machine stitched it down. I thought the decorative stitches might add a bit more interest for the receiver.
This is my first attempt at a chemo quilt. The goal size is 40" x 60" and as light as possible. No tiny piecing. A chemo quilt has only 2 layers and is only fasten together enough to keep it together. In this case I used a decorative stitch to fasten all of the seams to the flannel.
I designed my simple square design so that the fabric would be the quilt. I used 8 1/2" squares in a 5 x 7 pattern. It would also fit nicely on 42" flannel that I used for the back. Wasn't I surprised that the flannel shrink up to 38 1/2". Because of that, I invented a unique binding that would cover the missing flannel space. Because I didn't have enough on any one fabric for the binding, I mixed up the colors used in the quilt. I like the look so much, I used it on my second quilt. below.
Chemo Quilt - Bakery Treats
40" x 56"
Detail Bakery Treats
My second quilt went smoother. The flannel didn't shrink as much, so I could use a normal size binding. In this one, I stitched all of the inside seams down before I put it on the flannel. This makes it a bit softer. I then stitched all of the seams in the outer squares to the flannel.
Both are light weight, colorful, and hopefully comforting during a chemo treatment.
This is seventy number 15 and number 16
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