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Thread: Beautiful surprise

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    Super Member mpeters1200's Avatar
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    All,

    As some of you know, I belong to a quilt club that donates all projects to people who have lost their homes to fires or tornadoes in our area. We rely completely on donations to get things done. Mostly its member donations. A non-member donated us some garbage bags of fabric in the fall and we were finishing up organizing it this morning and you will never guess what we found:

    3 finished tops. 1 machine sewn, 1 completely hand sewn and 1 a little of both. I think it may have been 2 different peoples work donated in one bag. The machine sewn is a basket weave, the hand sewn is a bow tie and the little of both is some type of star...maybe blue grass.

    The most beautiful surprise of all is that there were pieces, partial blocks and finished blocks of one pattern totalling 31 blocks. They look like a variation of the dresden plate. There was a center hub circle, surrounded by a circle of yellow or gold, then the rest of the pieces making up a large dresden plate. Some of these fabrics could go back more than 3 decades. I remember my mother wearing some types of these fabrics and some I know I had in my kindergarten dresses. EACH AND EVERY PIECE looked like it was individually cut and they were all handsewn with incredible precision. We came to the conclusion that perhaps the sewer passed away or something and her family bagged everything up and just gave it away. It's just the most beautiful type of find. It's like finding 100.00 in the laundry. How often does that happen??

    Thought I would share this with people who would understand.

    ~M~

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    better than Christmas :P

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    I'll jump up and down and squeal with ya, How wonderful.

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    what a gift for you gals and for whomever will receive these pieces passed on. :D

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    What fun! I cannot leave orphan blocks behind at yard sales, all ending up on my endless project list... for someday.

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    I am hoping that whoever worked on those projects will look down and see how much comfort they have given to another in a time of loss. It is almost like having an angel looking down and giving a hug.

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    M~~~What a wonderful surprise!!!! This is always the best feeling for a quilter!!!

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    A friend of mine called the pattern some type of wagon wheel. It's interesting.

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    It is so ...um...I cannot think of the word...IRONIC? no...that's really not the word....but...we reap what we "sew"....
    and every dog has its day...(BUT IN THE GOOD WAY)
    What we put into life, we really do get that back out of it.
    Congrats on finding such a wonderful gift!

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    That's awesome!

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    unbelievable you are so lucky to get such a great find a worthy cause. Did you think about the possiblilty of some type of auction on the find and maybe raise some money so you can make more quilts for those in need

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    We are going to take the bow tie top and use that for our yearly raffle. We aren't quite sure what to do with the wagon wheels. At the moment we are making sure we have all the pieces and will make a 5 x 6 type of quilt with 30 blocks. They are quite large in size. I didn't measure them, but they look about 14-16 inches square. Maybe larger.

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    well its like christmas and winning the fabric loto, how wonderful

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    One of the gals from the group wants to finish it, but it may take a while. Once it's completed I might just have to figure out how my camera works to post it here. Just imagining the pieces I've already seen to make a complete quilt make my heart warm. The gal actually has quite a bit of older tea stained muslin that looks like a perfect match for what our "angelic" quilter used. I hope it all works together!!

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    Seems to me these wonderful GIFTS are being directed by the angel builders.......you'll have no problem figuring out how to do anything with it all.

    God Bless you and your group!!

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    Our group recently added to what we normally do. In addition to handing out quilts in the event of a fire. We also:

    1. Provide fabric, clothes and homemade teddy bears to the facility for unwed mothers.
    2. Provide clothes and other items to the battered women's shelter/counseling place.
    3. Provide homemade bib's, lap robes, and stuffed animals to nursing home residents in our county.
    4. Provide quilts to families who have lost their homes to tornadoes. (this is the newest addition)

    We are just busy, busy, busy. Our club runs entirely on donations. Sometimes outsiders donated things for our yearly yard sale, or they bring over bags of stuff and hope we can use it. We raise money only once a year for our yard sale and raffle quilt. All of our thread, notions, quilt tops everything is supplied by the members. There are 10 or 11 of us I think. We also feed the community lunch each week kind of like a senior center does in the rest of this area.

    I'm off to "work"...but I love it...

    ~M~

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    God bless you and the work you do :D

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    I'm drooling! I know it will work out perfectly however you'all finish them, and by the way I think your find is more like the equivalent of finding $1000.00 in the washer. :thumbup:

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    Sometimes I still can't get over it. I have to take the next couple weeks off from club due to a scheduling problem, but I have many more things to organize once I return. I don't know if I'll find another wonderful treasure...but maybe some nice pieces.....

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