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Thread: Love, comfort we give to others, do we know how much?

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    Love, comfort we give to others, do we know how much?

    When I starting quilting 6 yrs ago, I had no idea how much love, joy, comfort I would bring to others. My DIL cried when I gave her a quilt for Christmas a few years ago. My other DIL, said she sleeps everynite with hers. My friend curls up each and everynite with her crumb quilt! My DH enjoys his Marine quilt that he knows was made specially for him. I had made a quilt for my BIL this summer, he found comfort with it daily, nightly, and then he passed away last month. He asked the quilt go with him. He knew it was full of love. I miss him dearly, but I get comfort knowing he so enjoyed it and that it is with him. That is a few of the people who I have shared my love with. I am so blessed. I hope others feel joy in their quilting ventures.

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    Yes you are blessed, but so is everyone who receives one of your quilts, your a kind loving person.

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    Thank you Jackie!

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    It is said that in giving, we receive. I get so much joy from making quilts, and that joy is quadrupled when I see the comfort and happiness my quilts give to those who receive them. We were just visiting our daughter and son-in-law for a week at Thanksgiving. I loved seeing my almost 30-year old daughter wrap herself up in one of the quilts I have given her. And then she said "Mom, when I really miss you, I just wrap one of your quilts around me and I feel like you are here." Joy, joy, joy!!
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    I do so love making quilts for others!! Not sure but I hope the enjoy them!!!!!

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    My boys love their quilts best of any of the ones that I have gifted.

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    Isn't it nice to see that the family enjoys them as much as we enjoy making them?

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    My adult kids love my quilts and my 2 SIL's do also. My mom has 2 of mine and gets a lot of joy out of them. It is great that they appreciate them. One of my earliest quilts was made for a sister in law at the request of my brother. She said no one had ever done anything so beautiful for her before.

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    I truly believe that with every quilt we make we give a piece of our hearts.
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    I hadn't even thought of the love angle when I started making quilts (about 12 years ago), I was intrigued by the beauty of them, and perhaps the challenge. Then I realized that I couldn't get anything done w/o knowing to whom it would go. This must be a part of quilting for a lot of us. At DH's 75th one daughter had everyone who had a quilt of mine, bring it to cover the old IOOP walls. Two people, a grand neice and, later, her mom, flat out asked for a quilt (and told me what they wanted... one is my avatar) and a few weeks later a 9 year old who had been at the party, asked me if I would help her make a quilt for her grandmother's 90th birthday. I gae her buying instructions and then she and her mom stayed with us in our mountain cabin for 3 days while we made a lap rug, the girl doing almost all of the sewing. We couldn't make that party but the mom told us that when the package was unwrapped the GM just stared at it for the longest time, and then began to cry. She said no one had ever made something "just for her" before. The love a quilt can bring, for both the quilter and the recipient, is soooo powerful!
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    I always hope the quilts I give will be worn to rags. Well used and well loved.
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    Making a quilt is comfort both while we are making it, and again when we give it as a gift. I am so thankful for my gift of quilting, and that I can use it to make quilts for others.

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    two of my little grandsons have worn theres to sheds, I love it!!! Shhhh they r getting new ones for christmas, I cant wait to give them. They love thier quilts more than anyone I know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by deedum View Post
    I had no idea how much love, joy, comfort I would bring to others.
    I have learned that "others" include perfect strangers, also. I have a friend who quilts upwards of 30 quilts a month for terminally ill patients at one of our local hospitals. You should read the thank-you notes. The amount of comfort the quilts give will bring you to your knees. It's very motivating.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peckish View Post
    I have learned that "others" include perfect strangers, also. I have a friend who quilts upwards of 30 quilts a month for terminally ill patients at one of our local hospitals. You should read the thank-you notes. The amount of comfort the quilts give will bring you to your knees. It's very motivating.
    I totally agree!
    People who start projects and never finish them are cooler
    than people who never start projects at all.


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    I have several quilts my Mom made before she passed away, and they are a great comfort to me even at my age. When things aren't exactly right in my world, wrapping in a quilt from her is like getting a big hug, and then my problems seem to go back to their proper perspective.
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    Awesome testimony, deedum! Yes, it " does my heart good" especially when I see the kids rolled up in an old quilt that I did for them years and years ago. (At that time they were whole cloth and tied or quillows.) Those quilts are so well-loved and still hanging in there. I, too, made a quilt for my sister who was going through chemo. She used it only two months. I cherish the email she sent thanking me, but mostly I cherish the warmth I received doing it for her.
    One step at a time, always forward.

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    Just a few days ago my youngest daughter brought her jean quilt for mending and a new binding across the top. I said maybe it was time for a new one. She said I could certainly make a new one if I wanted and she'd be glad to get it but she wanted her old pal mended because it is so warm and it's ONLY about 25 years old! HA It's heavy as lead and the flannel back is so faded you can't even tell what the print was, even the jeans are showing lots of wear. It's had a hard life and she still treasures it! So it's mended and ready for a few more years!

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    Over here in the UK PEOPLE don't seem to appreciate quilts the same. But i made my 2 nephews quilts when hey we're younger the youngest had a high bed and when babysitting him one day I found he had carefully tucked the quilts under his mattress and made his own den. Sign said keep out. Slowly friends are coming round after seeing others.
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    I have made a number of quilts, for family and friends, from cot quilts to full size bed quilts.....and I have loved giving everyone away and everyone have been so pleased with them.....but the most joy I have ever had from making a quilt was the simple nine patch that I made and sent over to Japan following the earthquake and tsunami there. I have no idea who received it but I hope that they could feel the love that was sewn in every stitch and that it gave them comfort...

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    I used to think it would be difficult to give quilts away as gifts, but that is not the case. My grandson calls my quilts "love quilts." Both my adult children and their spouses truly appreciate what I have made for them. And it is a REAL joy to make things for them as well as Quilts of Valor for our veterans.

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    My quilts have done so much for me and for those that have received them. I have read every post here and some of them made me cry. So I guess your quilts that I haven't even seen have touched my heart.

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    I, too, read every post, and cried! And sometimes you make me laugh. That's why I love this board. It gives me an emotional lift every morning. And night, too.
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    My DD has hung all the quilts I have given her on her walls until she has no more walls to cover!! She loves to walk by them & feel the love pouring out to her and thinking about me!! What a blessing quilts have brought to me!

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    My little grandaughter called me the morning after she first slept with her quilt..She told me she felt like she was covered with love all night..THATS what it'a all about!

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