Quilter’s Name: Lynellen Perry from Virginia
Type of Quilt: Throw Quilt
Name of Pattern: Parfait Quilt from The Cake Mix Quilt Book, Volume One by It’s Sew Emma Patterns
Fabric: Isabella by Minick & Simpson for Moda Fabrics; and Bella Solids White by Moda Fabrics (9900LC 98)
Technique: Paper pieced using Cake Mix Recipe #4 foundation paper
Featured Date: 11-01-23
Hi, I’m Lynellen. My mother began teaching us to use the sewing machine around age seven. We made simple tube skirts with an elastic waist band. I’ve been sewing ever since. I designed and sewed my senior prom dress, as well as my wedding dress and the bridesmaid’s dresses. My mother, sister, and I worked on a hand-embroidered (cross-stitch) and hand-quilted quilt for decades. Whew, what a task that was! But my first pieced quilt was in 2017, and I was hooked. I love taking traditional blocks and patterns and re-imagining them. This lead me to art quilting, and I focus my creativity there now.
I crafted this quilt (given the name “Gloria”) to be a fundraiser for one of my favorite charities, The Emma and Evan Foundation (www.evefoundation.org). They accept donated wedding dresses, which are then transformed into beautiful infant burial gowns, also called Angel Gowns. These gowns are offered to hospitals, birthing centers, funeral homes, and directly to grieving families free of charge.
To create “Gloria”, I modified the Parfait pattern by removing the sashing between blocks (bringing it down to about 50″ x 50″ instead of 60.5″ x 60.5″). The Cake Mix paper piecing technique made it simple to have perfect points on all those pinwheels and hourglasses! Using layer cakes meant very little fabric cutting. I chose the placement of the colors to represent an Americana style flag. Leftover strips were sewing into a matching pillow top. Designing the color placement was the most difficult part for me. After that, the quilt top went together quickly. It was long-arm quilted with an overall design, and was a huge hit in the fundraiser.
Want to see past Quilt & Tell submissions? Click here!