A Modern Whimsy

Modern Whimsy 1

Last week I finished my Modern Whimsy quilt, and I am very pleased with how it turned out! When choosing a design this time, I turned to my collection of quilt books and ended up using a pattern (sort of) in the book Fresh Quilting: Fearless Color, Design, and Inspirationby Malka Dubrawsky. This is the quilt from the pattern. I say I “sort of” followed the pattern because rather than using the actual measurements, I just made up my own based on the width of the solid fabrics I had and also the size of one of my quilting rulers. {Lazy much?} This meant the solid fabrics I used were cut 2.5″ x 17″ and the printed fabrics were cut to 6″ x 17″.

Modern Whimsy 2

There were a couple things that drew me to Malka’s pattern. First was the fact that the resulting quilt appeared random and scrappy, but if you look at the solid fabrics, they are actually a pattern. In each column, the top 3 solid strips are the same color, the next 2 are the same color, and then the bottom 4 are the same color.

Modern Whimsy 3

When I was laying out the Modern Whimsy prints, I made sure not to place a print with a non-white background between 2 solids that matched. For example, if the printed fabric had a blue background, I did not place it between blue solids. This ensured the fabric would really pop and not get lost in the quilt.

Modern Whimsy 4

This quilt went together extremely quickly. I cut it in one evening and assembled the top the next morning. I think it has a pretty nice “wow” factor for a short timeframe.

Modern Whimsy 6

For the back, I used some leftover prints and solids and made a strip through the top of the quilt. I quilted in a meandering free motion style. The binding is scrappy, using all of the colors of the Modern Whimsy circles. I really love how that part turned out, especially from the back. It measures 62″ x 49″.

Modern Whimsy 7

I’m very excited about the destination for this quilt. I have a group of friends that started in an online message group 6 years ago. We met when we were all pregnant with our now 5 year olds. Over the last 6 years, the group has become a little smaller and moved locations, but there are still quite a few of us together. A lot of us have met each other in real life through vacations or just the fact that we happen to live in the same cities. It would be impossible to tell you how special this group is to me. We have been through a lot together – from siblings being born, to losing children, love, divorce, career changes, illness…even losing two of our own to cancer.

Modern Whimsy 5

I tell you all this so you know how important this group of women and their families are to me, and how lucky I am to have the chance to help one of these moms and her son with a quilt. One of our moms (a fellow Chicagoan) has a little boy who was born 5 years ago extremely premature. He has cerebral palsy and receives therapy at Center for Independence, Through Conductive Education. It is an intense therapy program for children with Cerebral Palsy. The center has made unbelievable progress with my friend’s son – he has even started a bit of walking with a reverse walker, something they were told he would never be able to do. And the best part is that they do not turn anyone down because if an inability to pay.

This quilt is being donated to the Center for Independence for an annual auction fundraiser on March 2nd. I hope it helps raise a bit of money for an organization that has given so much hope to someone I love.



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    January 23, 2012

    This is beautiful, and that sounds like a wonderful place for children and their families. Thank you for being kind enough to make it and donate it 🙂

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    January 23, 2012

    Nicely done and for a wonderful purpose.

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    Meredith Daniel

    January 23, 2012

    This is awesome! I love the bright colors, and the animals on all the prints! What a wonderful group to be a part of. I think it is wonderful for you to donate to an organization that has clearly done so much good and touched you in such a special way!

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    January 23, 2012

    How generous of you…but the cause deserves it. The quilt is beautiful.

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    January 23, 2012

    Love the quilt…and the binding is perfect for it.

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    January 23, 2012

    The quilt is fantastic, but that you made it for the fundraiser is even better. What a wonderful person you are for that.

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    Lindsey R.

    January 23, 2012

    What a stunning quilt and I love the organization you’re supporting. I have a friend whose son is in my little boy’s K class. He has cerebral palsy and has gone through intense training at a conductive education program in Orlando. The therapy helped him to walk as well. They do AMAZING things with these kids and improve their quality of life tremendously! Thank you for giving your time and talent to these families!


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    Marcia R

    January 23, 2012

    A beautiful quilt and an even more beautiful story. God bless you.

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    January 23, 2012

    Lovely cheery quilt!!! Lovely story of friendship, and i hope it raises a ton of money for very worthy recipients.

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    January 23, 2012

    what a cute quilt. and it’s wonderful that you are donating it to such a wonderful place!

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    January 23, 2012

    What a beautiful quilt. Quilters are kind and generous, especially when it comes to a childs needs. Faith, you have a warm and loving heart, stay as sweet as you are!

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    January 23, 2012

    So pretty Faith! Best wishes it raises lots of funds for the cause!

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    diane stanley

    January 23, 2012

    Your love and respect for your friend shows in this quilt. I hope it will bring in lots of money for the center.

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    January 23, 2012

    This is such a happy quilt, and it sounds perfect for the fundraiser you’re donating it to. It was so nice of you to make this for them! 🙂

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    January 23, 2012

    this is such a beautiful quilt, not just to look at but the meaning behind why you made it. Really beautiful. And what a great group it sounds like, that’s really awesome.

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    Marian Griffin

    January 23, 2012

    This is so pretty and happy to look at! Beautiful.

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    Laurie Wisbrun

    January 23, 2012

    It is AMAZING!!! And I love the reason you made it. Thank you for sharing that with us!

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    Lisa C

    January 23, 2012

    Love the quilt and really appreciate how it all came together. Kudos to you for donating to such an awesome organization. I just finished my first donation quilt this weekend (Ronald McDonald House) and I can’t wait to deliver it.

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    January 23, 2012

    This is such a great quilt. I love the simple pattern that shows off these great prints. Fabulous work as always!

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    January 23, 2012

    Such a fab quilt, love all the Laurie Wisbrun fabric (and love that she loves it too!) What an amazing cause it is for, hope it raises loads :o)

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    January 23, 2012

    It’s gorgeous!

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    January 23, 2012

    A beautiful quilt for a wonderful organization!

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    January 23, 2012

    I like it! It’s simple but stunning. Hope it auctions off well!

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    January 24, 2012

    Love the simple design of this quilt and the back is just stunning!

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    Zohreh Daly

    January 24, 2012

    Love it! I am thinking of using this fabric for my second daughter’s nursery and I like what you did with it!

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    January 24, 2012

    This morning I thought, “I’ll just delete this message today – I’m overwhelmed after signing up for SO many blogs.” “But no, I adore Faith’s blogs so much, I’ll just take a quick peek to see what’s up today.” Lo and behold, there you are holding up a quilt in the snow, and sharing such a compassionate story – thank you!

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    January 24, 2012

    So beautiful!! I love these bright and cheerful colors, Faith. Gorgeous!!

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    January 24, 2012

    Faith – The quilt is amazing and the story was touching. So great that you’re donating it to an organization that has done so much to help our little buddy 🙂

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    January 24, 2012

    What a charming quilt. Loved reading about your group, and your plans for this quilt.

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    Maureen Cracknell Handmade

    January 24, 2012

    This is so, so pretty and I especially love the free motion quilting!! The button that lowers and raises my feed dogs just broke off up into the inside of my machine, so my fmq days are over for the time being unless I figure something out! Grrr…

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    Zohreh Daly

    January 24, 2012

    @Maureen, could you tape an index card over your feed dogs?

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    January 24, 2012

    Faith, I love this quilt. It features the fabric so well, you did a fantastic job. I love the story of where the quilt is heading even better. It’s so nice of you. I’m sure it will be a great hit at the auction.

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    January 25, 2012

    I love the simplicity in the design. It really showcases the beautiful fabrics and is so bright, colorful and happy to look at. Great job…and for such a wonderful cause!

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    Judy Blinkenberg

    January 25, 2012

    I love this quilt! It’s great to show off those wonderful pieces that you don’t want to cut up. I love it!

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    January 25, 2012

    Beautiful quilt, and what a wonderful thing to have done for that organization and your friend.