Urban Beauty, My Recovery Quilt

I’ve only touched on the fact that I have lupus. There I said it. I have lupus. I can’t say that I hate my illness(I certainly don’t love it), but, I have to say it made me a better person, better nurse, better wife, mother.

I was diagnosed at 42 in a full crisis. I went from working everyday to believing that I just might die in a matter of no time. I went out on disability. I will share my experience in another post, not because I dwell on my illness but because it changed me and changed the way I take care of my self. I think that there are many people who can benefit how I changed my life and the results that I have achieved. Stay tuned for that, if you have lupus and you are sick and tired of feeling sick and tired then you need to hear what I have to say about my healing path.


Today I want to share the quilt that I made during my recovery. I was sick for a few months so I did nothing for weeks on end, slowly I felt better physically and emotionally to start sewing again.

Urban Beauty was my own design. I had gone though a phase where I was hand painting and hand dyeing fabrics. I had so much that I finally had to do something with it. Some of it was beautiful but, boy, a lot of it was ugliiieee!

I had done a Fons and Porter beauty quilt and had a ton of paper piecing sheets left over. In addition to that I love love tiny squares. Wah-la an amazing quilt. I hand dyed 6 yards in a mustardy yellow puke brown to unify the quilt. I did it in shades light to dark. I used so many ugly fabrics that made no rhyme or reason but when all was said and done turned out beautiful.

The whole quilt was free hand quilted with a wood grain fill, the points have a curvy stitch and then the borders are all free formed feathers.IMG_0419

I could do that all day long I love that so much.I essential just draw a curvy line as a guide and then feather away.

I did a tiny little piping binding in purple.IMG_0413

The backing is a cotton fabric as the painted/dyed fabric is thick, All the quilting was done with silk and the batting is silk as well, It took about 8 months total.

I hope you enjoy it!



4 thoughts on “Urban Beauty, My Recovery Quilt

  1. This is stunning … beautiful colours, beautiful design, and beautiful stitching: thank you for sharing this incredible work and also a little of your story.

    1. Absolutely gorgeous quilt and uplifting story about therapeutic response to illness. Your journey can help others feel encouraged to remain strong.

      1. Thank you Sarah, I hope to share my story soon because I feel better now in my fifties than I did in my thirties. I am beyond gratefule to God for my second chance, all the best to you as well

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