Friendship support quilt

For the last few months I’ve been helping on a collaborative Friendship Support Quilt! Last November I had a dear childhood friend go through some major health struggles. It was a very scary situation and being so far away from her, myself and all of her friends clung to Facebook for updates from her family.

It’s a horrible feeling to feel so far away and helpless. We all wanted to rally beside her and her family but living states away we were only able to offer up our prayers and warm wished on facebook. Another childhood friend put out a call to all of our friends facebook community to contribute to a support quilt and asked if I would help with putting it all together. I helped her come up with  simple instructions and we both crossed our fingers and hoped the quilt squares and support would come in!

Thanks to a loving community of supporters we had wonderful squares that were made with love and combined to create the happiest warm hug we could ever send our friend! I spent hours  piecing the quilt top together, cutting fabric and thinking of my dear friend all the while! It was an honor to be apart of this beautiful collaboration…

We also asked each contributor to include a special message for our friend and a photo of them together! It added one more personal touch that I know was heart felt!

 

Tips on creating and organizing your ownFriendship Support Quilt:

  • Chose a super simple quilt square design that will be easy for even a beginner sewer. As you can see the design we used is only three parts and two straight stitched! I made a mini tutorial with exact measurements and directions and included it in a word document that was emailed to everyone who participated. Simple is best when you are working with a variety of people all with different skill levels.
  • Suggest a color pallet! If you can steer your contributes in the same color direction it will make for a beautiful all around look! You would hate to get a dark brown square when all the rest of the squares are bright and cheery. We included a link to a fabric line that inspired up and specifically said we wanted bright, cheery and bold colors.
  • Put a dead line on the submissions. When it comes to piecing a quilt you have to have all the squares together before you start to lay out the design.  You can’t be waiting forever so give about 3 weeks to have them work on it and mail it back!
  • For a backing use a beautiful sheet! I had that brightly colored Pottery Barn king sheet in my collection of fabrics. I always look for sheets to use as fabric and when it comes to a quilt backing a sheet is such a great resource. It’s huge and when bought at a discount store it can save you so much money.
  • When asking people to participate also be sure to invite non, “crafty” people to be apart of the gift. We asked for donations to help cover the cost of the machine quilting, batting and other fabric supplies.  Include those who contributed cash donations in the card or scrapbook. We collected enough money to cover the $85 it took to have it professionally binded and machine quilted, the boarder fabric and we even had enough to include a gift card out to our friends favorite restaurant for a much needed date night.

 

Our quilt was delivered to our friend last week and I know she felt our love and support! What a beautiful reminder for her to cherish and know how much she is loved!

 

9 Comments

Comments

  1. 1

    I’m sure your friend was most appreciative for receiving such a thoughtful gift. During her recovery, she will feel the arms of all her friends around her.

  2. 2

    What a lovely Quilt such a lovely idea and the book is a great idea too.your friend must have been very touched
    jo x

  3. 3

    Your friendship quilt came out so beautifully! I took part in a similar quilt for a friend about to go through chemo a few years ago and it was very meaningful to everyone that took part – a way to be there and contribute in some way. My friend brought the quilt with her to her appointments and I hope she felt surrounded by our love during that difficult time. Such a lovely idea.

  4. 4
    Melanie Oliver says:

    Would you mind sharing the tutorial? I am not a sewer but would love to do this as a baby quilt for a friend who has been trying for years to have a baby. She is expecting a little girl at the end of July!

    Thanks!

  5. 5

    Becca,

    What a great friend you are. I am sure that this story is probably one of many. You may remember that back when the LDS Church was responding to the disaster in Haiti you had posted a widget to help the LDS Church raise money. Well, you ended up driving a good amount of traffic and donations to the efforts. On behalf of the LDS Humanitarian Services I want to thank you for what you have done. Keep up the great work of blessing those around you!

    Barett
    LDS Philanthropies

    • 6

      Barett,
      That totally made my day! I always hope that when I add things like that widget that it really does some help! So glad to know that it did! Keep up the good work! I appreciate your efforts!

      Becca

  6. 7
    Julie Jenkins says:

    Hi,
    Would you be willing to share wilth me the directions you created in a word document.
    My daughter is getting married in 5 weeks and wants a friendship quilt as the sign in sheet for her bridal shower IN TWO WEEKS! The host has asked me to get that together.

    This simple pattern would be perfect for guests to sign the center strip of fabric. All I would need to do is have that center strip cut for the shower and could do the rest later.

    Thank you!

    • 8

      Julie,
      Unfortunately I no longer have that word doc. My computer that had all my docs on it was cleaned out and I got rid of it. So sorry. If I had the quilt I’d be able to figure it out again but I don’t. Each square is perfectly square after the 1/4″ seams.

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