This is my first quilt, started in the fall of 2001. My oldest son, at age three, was going through developmental testing that would lead to a diagnosis of autism six months later. My youngest son was a cuddly infant. I pulled out the sewing machine just after September 11. Making things has always been therapeutic for me — and I needed some light — because the world seemed gray. I adored choosing the fabrics and paper-piecing the blocks, but it still took me over seven years to complete this quilt–my baby was eight years old when it was finally finished.
The pattern is from Kaffe Fassett’s 1997 book: Glorious Patchwork. Sadly, I don’t even own a copy of the book– I checked it out of our local library over and over again. My craftsmanship is sub-par, and fitting the blocks together took more than a bit of finagling (I thought 1/4″ seam was just a suggestion), but I still love this quilt with all of my heart and I don’t think I will ever tire of looking at it. It still reminds me that no matter how heavy life’s events may be, there is always beauty and light and brightness somewhere.