Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Sewn Together

"For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother's womb."
Psalm 139:13

Several years ago...ok, three years ago, when I began asking everyone to participate in KayLi's 1oo Good Wishes quilt I knew very little about sewing and nothing about quilting. I had no idea that I should probably ask for cotton. So when several people...ok, five sweet people, gave me beautiful silk to sew into her quilt, I was thrilled. The silks were so pretty and what a great way to talk to KayLi about where silk originated and her homeland.

Well it didn't take long for the experienced quilters to let me know that sewing silk into a cotton quilt for a toddler to USE was probably not a great idea. So I have spent a lot of time trying to decided what to do with these gorgeous fabrics. Above is the "mini quilt", the "Five Good Wishes Quilt" that I made yesterday....ok, TJ and I made yesterday.

T.J. came up with a simple quilt design and I sewed the five silks into a 14x14 square. Then T.J. sewed the hand stitched quilt square on top of them...I was chicken! Then we framed it in a shadow box frame.

Two very special things about the fabrics above:

#1 The red silk in the top left corner was given to KayLi by Allies cousin Jennifer. She had a dual marriage ceremony to honor her husbands Vietnamese heritage and this silk was taken from her Vietnamese wedding dress. Thank you so much Jenn for giving KayLi such a precious piece of fabric! We love you and Thai so much!

#2 The hand stitched square that is sewn over the silks was given to KayLi by my sweet friend Myrna. She was a midwife/missionary in Africa for 15 years and I love her to pieces! She sewed two of these precious quilt squares - one for the quilt and one for the scrapbook. You can't tell from the photo but the baby is "stuffed" and puffy - very three dimensional. Thank you so much Myrna for giving KayLi such meaningful and thoughtful squares for her quilts! I can't wait to tell her about her Creator!!!

Thanks again to EVERYONE who helped with the quilt in so many sweet're awesome!!!


Traci said...

You are so creative! I have big crocodile tears, as always when I read your post! It's just beautiful! Love the idea!

Melissa said...

I am so impressed at the beauty that has gone into this....your Gotcha day is coming soon, and I just can't wait to see everything unfold! Just watching the preparation gives me chills....much love, Melissa