Tuesday, November 27, 2018

OMG November Finish - Mercyful Quilt

Last month I was inspired by Bernie at Needle and Foot to make a quilt for Mercy Hospital in Sacramento. The quilting group that normally made quilts for dying patients was no longer able to do so, and a nurse at the hospital (who is also a friend of Bernie's) reached out to Bernie to see if she could provide a few quilts. Well provide she did, backed by several quilters who contributed quilts.This week the total was 27 quilts donated! You can read an inspiring update here.

I used a bundle of Enchanted Pond and a pattern by Kelli Fannin called Flower Power. I already had six blocks, started in 2017 as a quilt for my sister-in-law. Enchanted Pond has beautiful shades of burgundy, purple, sage green, and cream. When my SIL painted her bedroom turquoise, I decided this quilt wouldn't coordinate well, and it became a UFO. I guess it was destined to become a comfort quilt instead!

When I was looking in my stash, I found a beautiful Enchanted Pond panel I had purchased, put away, and forgotten! So I changed the pattern just a little bit to accommodate the panel, which I cut and pieced as the top and bottom borders for the front, and as a middle section for the back. The panel features creatures such as cranes and dragonflies among the pond grasses.

The binding was pieced with strips cut from leftover scraps. I still have enough unused Enchanted Pond fat quarters to make another quilt!

I quilted a simple grid.

One of my kitty-helpers, Rosie, approved the final details.

I also donated a quilt I made in 2015 for my mother-in-law, documented here. My sister-in-law was her care-giver, and she put it in a drawer "to keep it nice", so my mother-in-law never used it! I know she would approve the donation, and at least it will get some use.

Details for Mercyful Quilt:
Finished Size: 56" X 70"
Pattern: Flower Power by Kelli Fannin

Enchanted Pond by Holly Taylor for Moda
Apple Cider by P&B Textiles

Atelier by Three Sisters for Moda
Enchanted Pond panel

Enchanted Pond

I am linking this post with Patty's Elm Street Quilts November One Monthly Goal Finishes


  1. So very lovely. Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and congrats on your finish!

  2. Linda, that's such a pretty quilt, and the perfect use for a UFO! I made a quilt for my mother-in-law years ago, too - and I don't think she ever actually used it. It always laid across the back of her couch! I'm glad you could donate the one you made for your MIL!

    1. Thank you Diann! It is sad that folks don't use their quilts, thinking that they will "preserve" them if they store them away. But I used to do the same thing with my Granny's quilts and stored them in a closet to "protect" them. Now they are are used!


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