This quilt actually sat as a completed quilt top in my sewing room for over a year. I didn't have any use for it, and it is just too big for a baby quilt, which is usually what I give as gifts. I was challenged by my husband to make an entire quilt top in an afternoon, and this was the easiest way to do it!
Right after Easter, I found out that a friend of mine had a daughter involved in a bad mountain bike accident where she broke her neck, and had been paralysed from the armpits down. I had met the daughter, Brittany, right before we moved away, but my friend had always been such a wonderful example of courage and getting going when the going gets tough- she had already had her fair share of horrible trials in her life. When I found out about her daughter, my heart went out to her. I have been tracking Brittany's progress through Facebook, and while she is regaining her movement (yay!) she still has a ways to go.
One Facebook post update was about how, after her baths, Brittany is really cold because the spine works to control your body temperature. Well, that was like an open invitation to pull out that quilt top that I hadn't thought of for a year and finish into a whole quilt so she could be a little bit warmer and more colorful in the hospital room. When I pulled it out, I realized it had bike fabric on it!! I feel like I was supposed to be saving the quilt top all this time. I even had a large piece of fabric from Ikea that fit PERFECTLY, with only an inch or two to spare, for the backing.
I just finished the binding today, and I am headed out on Thursday to deliver the quilt.
Brittany passed away unexpectedly yesterday, just weeks before she was scheduled to undergo a new surgery that would almost positively help her walk again. A very tragic ending, but I am glad to have been a part of her life. She was a wonderful mother, beautiful wife to her supportive husband, and inspirational friend. At least she is walking now with her sister who (passed away only a few years ago) along the gilded pavement of Heaven.