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Thread: Lap Quilt for My Brother - TOO LATE!!! Has Been Received

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    Lap Quilt for My Brother - TOO LATE!!! Has Been Received

    A few days ago, I posted pictures of the large lap quilt I had been making for my only brother who was in the hospital. He was recovering and I thought it would be great to use while recouperating. Sadly, he took a turn for the worse and passed away on November 30, 2011, before I could complete it. http://www.quiltingboard.com/main-f1...e-t179098.html This only left my youngest sister Dianne and myself. Dianne has raised her two grandsons for the last 15 years. Darien, 15, is autistic. At 65, this is a real challenge for Dianne. We all took my brother's death so hard, but Darien kept thinking he was a sissy because he couldn't go to see Carson in the hospital before he passed. So, after a few months to grieve, I decided to finish the quilt for Darien to comfort him and on the label I told him it would be like he was receiving a hug from Uncle Carson, Nana and Aunt Donna each time he wrapped up in the quilt. He has received it and was thrilled. Here are a few pictures of him with the quilt. Dianne says he just loves it. Thanks for looking Name:  Darien with Carson's quilt 2.jpg
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    Very Good idea, he looks so happy with the quilt!!!
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    That is so super..
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    Penny, my sister had him call me after he received it. He told me he was so happy with it and knew it had taken me a long time to make. He felt that Uncle Carson was with him when he put the quilt around him. It was heart warming. Thanks so much for understanding.

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    Very Good idea, he looks so happy with the quilt!!!

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    What a wonderful way to honor your brother and comfort Darien. Very sweet and heartwarming!

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    What a wonderful aunt you are to finish the quilt for Darien, even though you are still grieving at the loss of your brother! Hopefully, he will be comforted not only by the quilt but through knowing that you really love him. Thanks for sharing your story.

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    It was so heartwarming to receive the call from my sister this morning telling me that for the first time Darien woke up with his covers still on his bed. Usually the blanket and sheet is on the floor each morning. She told me that Darien must have held on to the quilt all night for it to still be on the bed. Thanks for reading my post

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    What a wonderful aunt you are to finish the quilt for Darien, even though you are still grieving at the loss of your brother! Hopefully, he will be comforted not only by the quilt but through knowing that you really love him. Thanks for sharing your story.

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    My DGS is also mild to moderate autistic and really, really loves his quilts and pillows that I've made. You have given him something very special and he will treasure it.
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    Precious story, and how wonderful that it was still on the bed. He really must have gotten a lot of comfort from it.
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    I am so glad you finished the quilt and that it is such a comfort to Darien.

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    You've made a wonderful lasting memory for your family- just what quilts are for.

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    What a treasure!!!

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    Your story made me cry! This quilt is a blessing and the story is wonderful. Thanks for sharing it.

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    Such a wonderful thing to give the young man. I used to work with autistic children and they can be a handful. Your sister is an angel for raising the children.

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    So glad that ypu finished the quilt and what a winderful way to honor your brother and know that Darien will feel your brother;s spirit around him.

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    God bless him! What a joy and comfort for him to wrap himself up in this quilt that was made for his Uncle. And he even realized how long it took you to make it and that he knows his Uncle Carson is with him, he seems very sensitive and in touch with what really counts, what a blessing he must be to all of you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mom-6 View Post
    My DGS is also mild to moderate autistic and really, really loves his quilts and pillows that I've made. You have given him something very special and he will treasure it.
    I too have a grandson on the autistic spectrum he also LOVES quilts and all things soft and cuddly. Being an aspie also he tells the truth as he sees it, so when I get a compliment I treasure it.
    The quilt you see, is a part of me.
    In your hand is the sum of my parts
    My mind, my body and a piece of my heart.
    Wrap in it, lay on it, cry, and dream.
    It's made to help you know what love means.

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    Great idea! Hope it will comfort him.
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    Thanks for sharing. This is truly a gift of love that keeps on giving.

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    What a heartwarming story... So sorry for the loss of your brother. Sounds like you have a wonderful family.
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    Bless you and so sorry for your loss of your brother. Darien will have the love you put into making the quilt to comfort him.
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    Gosh he looks so much like our grandson who is also autistic. I have been going to make him a quilt out of his tshirts as he always likes the ones with goofy sayings. Didn't know if he would like it now I hope to kick it in high gear and get it done!! Going to be hard with spring just around the cornor tho. Don't do much sewing in the summer. I like to garden to much
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    now that is awesome...sorry your brother did not get to see it, but I know he is happy to hug Darien via the quilt now!

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    Sorry for your loss. I have worked with autistic children for some time now and each is a joy in their own special way. Your young man certainly must have a sensitive nature and kind heart. Sending by best to Darien, you and the rest of your family.

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    How sweet and rewarding for this young man. You did a good thing by giving it to him.

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