A Pretty Little Quilt for a Pretty Little Girl

I made this quilt back in April for a little sweetie named Nyah.

She’s my cousin’s best friend’s daughter (you follow that?)

In February of this year, shortly after her fourth birthday, she was diagnosed with Leukemia. She’s 2 weeks older than my goobers.

When I heard the news and asked my cousin how she was doing, she told me about the treatments, and the hospital stays, and how she was losing weight, feeling sick and cold all the time.

I couldn’t do much for the feeling sick, or the hospital, or the treatments–but I sure do know how to help someone who is cold.

Nyah loves being outside, and loves, love, LOVES rainbows. So naturally, a rainbow quilt was in order.

I started with a layer cake of Me and My Sister Designs spring collection Twirl for Moda, and no plan at all. I just started working. (It only took half the squares!)

I felt like the quilt needed her name on it somewhere. I remember as a little kid, anything with my name on it was just that much more special.

I wanted it to be soft, and snuggly, and as gentle as it could possibly be, so I found some coordinating chenille backing, and rounded the corners of the quilt.

I quilted it in an allover wave with a pretty light yellow thread. Kinda reminds me of those egg crate foam mattresses. Remember those?

I got news just recently that her treatments have done their job for now. Her counts are good, and her prognosis is positive.

There’s still quite a way to go for her, but thank heaven for miracles–and soft snuggly quilts that remind a little tiny girl that she’s loved by people she’s never even met.

xoxo

April

PS I was thinking of making another of these…anyone interested in a tutorial?

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18 thoughts on “A Pretty Little Quilt for a Pretty Little Girl

  1. beautiful blankeeeeet; a great idea putting her name on it; being a patient for treatments, the air is cool & she knows it’s hers; nothin’ says lovin’ that your very own quilt; I’d love to read/see a tutorial.

  2. I love, Love, LOVE the colors and I bet she does too. You’re completely right about the name thing… it was always amazing to find something personalized as a kid. : Way to go!

  3. This quilt is gorgeous and I just love love love the quilting. I will have to try that on a quilt. I also would love a tutorial. I love any quilts that I can work “names” into because I typically making those as my baby gifts! Awesome job.

  4. Sweet little Nyah–and bless your heart–what a lovely way to share a few rainbows with a little one that could certainly use some. You are a good egg, my dear, and I’m so happy to know you. :}

  5. Lovely! Did you ever write up a tutorial? That little pieced strip is what takes this quilt over the top.

  6. I am a new quilter. I would love to discuss whether I could learn from your tutorial. I was looking for a girly quilt and you nailed it! Great work.

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