Wednesday, May 12, 2010

For a Mermaid

I don't want to spoil a surprise, but I just sent a package to Elizabeth for her beautiful daughter, Sophie, and I have to show you what's in it. Sophie and Katie share the same birthday, the same year, so I feel a special connection with her. She loves the beach and the sea, and the mermaid is one of the constant pictures on her mom's wonderful blog, a moon, worn as if it had been a shell.

Sophie has epilepsy, and when I saw the photos of her lovely room on Elizabeth's posting about Sophie's birthday, I thought a quilt would be a cozy thing to send to her. So I made a mermaid-themed quilt for Sophie, and it is on its way to her.
Normally, my quilts (made for patients at the hospital) have only one piece of fabric on each side. I am not an experienced quilter AT ALL. But I tried to make this one especially interesting for Sophie, so it has some different fabrics on the top side. It has two panels of this mermaid fabric:
and two sections of fabric that look like clouds and the sea,
surrounding a blue and white mermaid panel:
the back is flannel:
and both sides look like this (one folded over the other).
The binding is rainbow satin that matches both sides.
It was a joy to create, and though there are imperfections in it, love is the main ingredient.
I hope Sophie will enjoy and find comfort in it!

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

this is gorgeous....i'm in AWE OF EVERYTHINg you are excellenT AT...YOU CANCer moms wear me out....:)

Karen said...

Who WOULDN'T love that quilt. It's just gorgeous---and filled with love. Lovely gift, lovely meaning.

Busy Bee Suz said...

This is just the sweetest gift ever. I am sure she will treasure it for a long time!

Life with Kaishon said...

This is so beautiful. She is going to love it very much. What a beautiful thing to do for someone.

karen gerstenberger said...

I know you, "Anonymous" - you're Mother Tucker! I'd know your "typeface" anywhere. :)
You're one of those excellent "CANCer moms" yourself. I love you!

Karen, Suz, Kaishon: Thanks to all of you for the encouraging, sweet comments!

ChiTown Girl said...

That turned out so beautiful!! She's gonna love it!

Ellen said...

That is such a beautiful dream filled, love filled quilt and I know she will love it too! Every piecing you did, every stitch...I am sure your thoughts were everywhere and in the end it must have meant a lot to you...xxxxoooooEllen

Jason, as himself said...

Cute stuff. You always, always amaze me.

endswith8741 said...

It's BEAUTIFUL. And don't knock your quilting skills. Wow.

Anonymous said...

Simply lovely - colorful, bright and stitched with love. It will be a forever treasure for one very special young lady - she will see and touch your love - it makes me smile just to think of her joy;)!

Elizabeth said...

How in the world should I respond to this gift, not to mention this blog post????

I'm taking a deep breath and squeezing my eyes against tears, Karen. Sophie will hold this quilt and I just know her astral twin will be smiling at her. That's what I'm thinking.

Thank you, Karen -- I can't wait to see it; I can't wait to give it to Sophie; I can't wait to imagine the two girls connected some way in this strange and wondrous world.

karen gerstenberger said...

Elizabeth, it was a privilege and a pleasure to make this. It makes me happy to think of Sophie wrapped in soft warmth, love and coziness, with Katie's inspiration as part of that.

ChiTown, Ellen, Jason, 8741, Anonymous: thank you for your sweet words!

AnnDeO said...

Excellent! the best gift ever, who doesn't want a warm cozy quilt to sooth the rough moments? You have a good heart.

Bridget :) said...

So cute! I think I want one :) What a wonderful treasure for her!

deb said...

Karen,

okay, I've deleted enough words.
I don't know what to say.

seriously.