Love Hugs Back

Love Hugs Back
June 2022

First a disclaimer: I did not make this quilt, my daughters made it as a surprise birthday gift for me! They began earlier this year, working in tandem, using my husband as a courier to pass cut fabric pieces and finished blocks between their two homes. All the while, I never knew that anything was going on — yeap, totally oblivious — which is quite amazing considering we are at each of their homes to hang out and play with our grandkids every week. Also, as a quilter who often tracks random threads from my sewing room all across the house, I am impressed that there was not one thread that gave away that they had been conducting clandestine sewing activities in their homes.

Some of the blocks were designed by my grandkids, some were blocks I’ve made in past quilts, and some are ones from Tula Pink’s City Sampler: 100 Modern Quilt Blocks that they liked. Considering neither of them have made a quilt from start to finish before, I’m in awe of how small some of the pieces are, of how most of the points are pretty dead-on, and of the geometry in some of the blocks, which would give even the most experienced quilter a headache!

I’m going to go ahead and bore most readers with a list of the blocks, as while perhaps not important for others, I want to document it for myself and my family. The blocks were typically not intended as exact replicas of the original quilt, but to provide a resemblance to the original quilt.

  • Top row, from left to right:
    • Plumage, July 2021 – gifted to Kimi and Tracy
    • Quiet Start, January 2021 – gifted to Jeff and Miguel
    • #20 Crosses, Tula Pink’s City Sampler: 100 Modern Quilt Blocks
    • Ivy’s design (used tangrams to design)
    • Sticks and Stones block, June 2002 – gifted to Amber (college quilt)
  • Second row
    • #7 Crosses, Tula Pink’s City Sampler: 100 Modern Quilt Blocks
    • Phillip, September 2020 (row 5, column 1)
    • Hoplon, March 2019 – gifted to Jamie
    • Country Fair, September 2015
    • Aurora, August 2020 (row 2, column 2)
  • Third row
  • Forth row
    • #2 Crosses, Tula Pink’s City Sampler: 100 Modern Quilt Blocks
    • Nolan’s design
    • Palahdee, September 2019 (adjusted version)
    • Pocket Full of Monsters, August 2020 – pandemic distance project with Amber & Felix
    • #3 Crosses, Tula Pink’s City Sampler: 100 Modern Quilt Blocks
  • Fifth row
    • #55 Triangles, Tula Pink’s City Sampler: 100 Modern Quilt Blocks
    • Firsts, June 2021 – first quilt I ever made, for my first love
    • Opening Day, December 2018 – memory quilt gifted to Ryan
    • Further, May 2021 – gifted to Amber & Skyler
    • Persistence, July 2020 (row 4, column 1)
  • Sixth row

They chose the name. They said that the quilt represents many of the quilts that I’ve made for others, and they wanted to return the “hug”. As I finish writing this post, I am choked-up and tearful as this is the most beautiful and thoughtful gift I have ever received. I’m so thankful for the wonderful family that is mine.


24.5554° N

24.5554° N
June 2022

The inspiration for this recently finished quanket came from Kate Spain’s block #8 which was part of Moda Block Heads 4. The center of each of the four 22″ blocks was fabric given to me many year’s ago by a family friend. I had been waiting for just the right block design to use these very special pieces, as I did not want to lose the beautiful floral designs by cutting them. While the block design was intended with a white center, these sample pieces from the iconic fashion brand, Key West Hand Print Fabrics, were the perfect substitute into the center of each ‘wild geese’ block.

Between 1962 and 1985, prolific textile designer Suzie Zuzek created over 1,500 designs for Key West Hand Print Fabrics in Key West, Florida, which were used by Lilly Pulitzer. Suzie Zuzek’s design contributions were on exhibit last year at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City. The eclectic patterns Zuzek designed defined a uniquely American style, often spotted on fashion icons such as First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy.

This will be donated to a child in foster care.