InstructionsYou can use the Amy Butler pattern "Lotus Brick" which is free online at her site. It really isn't necessary, however. I used a layer cake and cut it in half to make at least 80 5" x 10" rectangles. I incorporated a few pieces of "pink ribbon fabric" and laid it out on the floor to decide how to place the colors. The rest should be obvious to those who sew.
Type of item: Functional
Style: Casual, Whimsical, Mod, Funky, Romantic, Cute
All Cotton. Fabric on the top is by Kate Spain. The back is a fabric I picked up somewhere else but it matched perfectly and still carried theme.
What was your inspiration?
Last year, I saw a friend from childhood who shared that she was a 5 year survivor of breast cancer. This year, it came back and she made some very difficult decisions on how to deal with it. So, now she is doing better and is living life. I was compelled to get this quilt to her to recuperate with.
What are you most proud of?
That my friend has the courage to face cancer head on and not let it take her. This quilt only has a few pieces of "pink ribbon" fabric because I didn't want it to be all about cancer. It needed to be more about life and hope and futures.
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
This is not a difficult piece so go for it. Just make sure you lay out the pieces to get proper placement and be sure to sew the rows so they line up properly. I sewed the blocks end to end and then put together the rows. The only difficulty in this piece is the work I did on the long arm. The actual freehand stitching is an easier design if you know how to work the long arm.