Garden of Hope

Posted by on May 7, 2014 in Blog, Quilts

The big Quebec quilt show is coming up later this month and JN Harper has sponsored a challenge to benefit the local children’s hospital, Ste. Justine, where both my babies were born and have since received superb medical attention. With the restrictions of using all six provided fat quarters and a maximum perimeter of 120″, I decided to make a graphic wall hanging that speaks to the contest theme “Garden of Hope”. As I am trying to challenge myself with attempting a new technique with each of my recent quilting endeavours, I opted to try pieced lettering, a few curves and some random strip piecing & cutting (the random cutting of all those angles was both freeing & nerve-racking at the same time). The finished work is 18″ x 32.5″.

hope grows

I was going for a growing stalk or trunk. A friend suggested it looks like allotment garden plots, which I like equally well.

hope grows detail

I have only done some basic hand quilting on it thus far (don’t get me started on the frustrations of my sewing machine), which I will probably add to over the next couple of days.

It will be displayed at the upcoming show (CQQ Salon, May 29 – June 1) and sold to raise funds for the hospital foundation. If you’re around Montreal, swing by and have a look.


  1. Lizzie
    June 12, 2014

    Wow, it looks so much like Tula Pink’s Beanstalks quilt, from her book . Lovely addition of the curved HOPE. I can definitely see the garden plots!