Friday, 20 June 2014

Finished | Pedal Pusher

Don't let the title of this post fool you.  You won't find any garment sewing tips here, or insight on the many different names for capri pants.  Nope, that title is meant to be a cheesy bike-riding pun.  (Sorry for the cheesy pun).

In order to explain this quilt's raison d'etre, I need to back things up a bit...

In August, my sweet niece Avery came into the world and shortly after her birth she was diagnosed with a rare disorder called Phenylketonuria - aka PKU - thanks to newborn screening.  People with PKU are missing the enzyme that is needed to break down a specific amino acid called PHE, which is found in essentially all proteins.  Ongoing exposure to PHE can lead to mental retardation or other neurological issues.  Thankfully, with early detection, super strict diet, and medical food, Avery will be able to live a healthy and normal life (or at least as normal as is possible, what with being a member of our kooky family and all!)   

In honour of Avery, and in an effort to help families everywhere that are dealing with PKU, my brother-in-law created Avery's Ride for PKU and has decided to bike across Canada this summer to raise funds and awareness for CanPKU - the organization in Canada that advocates for PKU patients.  Fundraising events will be held across the country, so I created this quilt as a silent auction prize that will be up for grabs, hence the cheesy bike-riding pun.  Fingers crossed that it brings in some big bucks!!

This quilt was super simple to make.  I just pulled a stack of coordinating fabrics (the top is 100% from stash), cut up a whole bunch of squares, tossed them in a bag, randomly pulled squares out of the bag and placed them in rows on the design wall, then sewed the rows together.  A little controlled chaos is just fine in my books!  I backed the quilt in Kona Berry, which is such a beautiful colour, and really showed off the straight line quilting.  Confession:  I tried to do a pretty FMQ Dogwood pattern, failed and ripped it out 3 times before giving up and switching to my go-to straight line quilting.  Sigh, one day I'll master FMQ, but today is not that day.  As you can see in the photo above, I used white thread in the top and purple in the bobbin so it would create a subtle effect when viewed from the back.

Please check out these links to learn more about CanPKU and Avery's ride for PKU:

Since it's Friday, and this is finished and all, I'll be linking up to Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it Up Friday!

Happy Weekend!


  1. Pretty quilt, and for a great cause, too! So glad they caught her PKU in time!

  2. I was thinking about you and came back to find this post (that's not creepy at all is it? :P ) Anyway. I used to volunteer at this camp in Texas that hosts a wide variety of special needs camps and one of them in Camp PHEver for kids with PKU. It says they have kids from all over the world, so maybe Canada would not be too far to come. Something to keep in mind for when she is older. The specific camp website is here ( and you can see lots of great pics of the facility and campers (from a variety of camps) on Camp For All's facebook page here (