The day Melly Testa told a small group of us that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer, we started a massive email exchange brainstorming and designing a quilt that she could wrap herself in while going through chemo. We wanted a way to show Melly how much we loved her and no matter how far away we were, we would be with her in spirit to support her all the way through it.
Those of us who made blocks for the quilt were myself, Lyric Kinard, Jane LaFazio, Kelli Nina Perkins, Tracie Huskamp, Alisa Burke, Gloria Hansen, Jill Berry, Carla Sonheim, Diana Trout, Pokey Bolton, Jamie Fingal, Leslie Tucker Jenison, and my daughter Nina Perez
We decided the quilt would be made of 12 inch and 6 inch blocks featuring birds which anyone acquainted with Melly knows she loves. That it would have a lot of blue, a color symbolizing healing and would incorporate words. The back of the blocks would be cozy blue cotton flannel and the batting would be wool so it would be lightweight and warm. It is a quilt meant to be used.
Lyric generously volunteered to stitch the finished quilted blocks together and she added a pocket on the back so the quilt could be folded into the pocket with a strap for carrying.
These are the blocks I painted.
|12″ x 12″|
|6″ x 6″|
|6″ x 6″|
|6″ x 12″|