This past Fall I received a message from Katie about creating a custom quilt for her mom. She wanted to give something to her mom that represented her and the life she enjoys.
Katie had a few ideas for style inspiration for her mom's quilt; the four kids she raised and loves, repurposing materials and antiquing, and her MINI Cooper. That’s right, her car, the petite ice blue MINI Cooper. Katie said, “The other day she was telling me just how much she loved her car and sometimes it jut feels like it’s “me and the MINI against the world”.” Katie attached this picture of her mom.
I was so tickled by the picture, I printed it out and hung it over my workspace while I made her quilt.
Katie and I settled on a design that featured a light blue block in the center to represent the car she enjoys and four repeating blocks surrounding to represent the children she raised. The color palette Katie chose included blues and orange so I pulled a few fabrics from past projects to repurpose and breathe a different life into them by featuring them in the design.
While piecing the quilt top, I tried to imagine each of her four kids while constructing the four repeating blocks. I imagined they are all confident people that love just being in the presence of their mom. When I joined the blocks and the center ice blue mini MINI Cooper was formed, I tried to imagine all of the fun places Katie’s mom zooms by with the sun roof open. (If I was a betting woman, I’d bet she listens to Tina Turner with the windows down.)
Katie said to me she wanted the quilt to be “something she could cuddle up to on the couch or on the La Z boy”. Shortly after Christmas, I received this picture from Katie. I think, mission accomplished.