Covering My Sister in Love

When my sister, Debbie, was diagnosed with breast cancer last December, I was frustrated that I couldn’t be there. I’m in Virginia, she’s in Florida.  I set out to make a quilt so she could be wrapped in love even if I wasn’t there to hug on her. Right after Christmas I had the opportunity to travel south and stopped at my cousins’ on the way so we could sew some Wonky Star blocks together. Debbie didn’t know what we were up to – it was going to be a surprise. 

My cousin Jessica shows 4 year old Katie how to sew a block together. After that she sewed the rest of her block without much help! Katie chose all her own fabrics, too – hers is block on the top right with the hearts in the center. 


I was with Deb at her post-op appointment when the doctor declared her officially cancer free. She’d still have to undergo radiation as a precaution. It was such a happy day, I showed her the colorful blocks and told her my plan for her to be able to take her quilt with her to treatment. It didn’t work out that way… but it was finished in time for her to celebrate the end of her radiation treatments. Now that it’s in her hands I can show it to all of you!





The entire quilt was sewn from fabric I had on hand. The blocks are 12″ finished and went together pretty quickly. For each block we cut one 4 1/2″ center and  nine 4 1/2″ squares of the background fabric, then used scraps for the points of the stars. The border is 2 1/2″ strips sewn together until it was long enough. Very scientific. 😉   I had this really cute brassiere fabric that I used on the back because I only had enough aqua left to bind it.  A close friend donated the batting and embroidered a beautiful label for it. One of the gals from the quilt guild quilted it on her long arm so I could get it finished faster. 

And Hurley made sure it would be comfy.  🙂

I think she likes it! 

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