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Thread: A note that every quilter wants to read, at least once

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    A note that every quilter wants to read, at least once

    Some of you know that my mother in law was the person who started me on my quilting journey. She is no longer with me, but I have made it a mission to finish up her many WIP's. I finished up something recently that she wanted to give to her oldest grandson (he is in college). I saw him and his mother at Thanksgiving, and gave a quilt to him, from his grand-ma. She passed 3 years ago. Two of his younger cousins have also gotten quilts from their grandmother since then.

    Here is the nice note I just got from my sister in law:

    "Jennie,
    Your gesture of the quilts are the most loving and thoughtful thing, so thank you for that Jenn. Mom would be thrilled. Every time I think about you doing it, it brings tears to my eyes. The latest is absolutely gorgeous. Ross loves it, I love it! You are a kind woman, I am lucky to have you for a sister-in-law.

    Sandra"

    Note, I don't have a picture of the quilt. It was simple, yet masculine, done in tan, burgundy, and hunter green. It wouldn't win any beauty contests, so the love is what matters here.

    But I hope that at some point, you all feel this sense of appreciation from a non quilter.
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    That is so nice!! Way to go for finishing her works of art for those she loved.
    Kathy

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    Your sister-in-law is right Jennie! What you are doing is so loving and thoughtful and it brings tears to my eyes too!
    Someday when we are gone, may we all have a dear one who cares as much as you do and who continues to remind those we loved of how much we cherished them!

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    thanks for sharing the heartwarming story
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    Jennie your so lucky to have gotten such a heart felt statement of love from your sister-in-law.
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    What a nice story! Brought tears to my eyes too.
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    Bless you Jennie for doing this; what a wonderful and thoughtful gesture on your part!
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    Brought a smile to my face.

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    Stories like yours make it all worthwhile, thank you so much for sharing!

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    Love it!!! and your sister in law realizes that every stitch you made was in love also...that is the most important thing!!! The quilts will hold your story for many years!!!! Hugs to you!!!

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    Aw, that's lovely! What a kind thing you are doing - how wonderful that it's appreciated!

    And your SIL is a keeper, too - people don't express appreciation very often any more - someone who knows how to say "thank you" - they're real gifts to us, aren't they?

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    We quilters have been given the gift to create memories for our loved ones. What a wonderful gift you have give, and it is heart warming to hear how it was received.

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    how sweet! thank you for sharing
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    Awwww. So sweet.

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    It is so touching that you are getting this well deserved recognition and that these quilts are being appreciated and loved
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    I love your story. Bless you for giving those quilts from their Grandma. A gift like that is priceless!

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    Wonderful story!!Good to know that there are such caring people in this world.

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    So glad you were recognized for your thoughtfulness!
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    This is what quilting and family should be all about. Very touching and what a positive affirmation; caring so much for your MIL, continuing and finishing her legacy, and kudos to your extended family for them to reciprocate with the note. Would your family be interested in adopting a slightly worn 58 year old? I've had my shots, am housebroken and can quilt, quilt and bake.

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    Bless you for doing these quilts! What a fabulous and special gift each quilt is~~
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    My sister-in-law died before her time. One of her goals was to make a quilt for each of her 4 children.
    She collected the fabrics and pattern for each. Unfortunately, she died at 51 years old from lung cancer.
    Our small group of quilters took on the project and completed the four quilts and presented them to her
    children from Christmas one year later. They were thrilled. It was our way of remembering a special lady.

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    What a great gesture from you and your sil...it was great blessing for you to take on the task and it was a blessing from your sil to realize it with such a thoughtful gesture of sending you the note....

    My MIL has told everyone I am to get her stash and ufo's. I dread that day...I love my MIL so much and would despise and love at the same time having her stash..knowing she would be gone but loved me enough to leave me with something she cherished so much
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    Such a wonderful thing to do!!! I am sure she is resting more peacfullly now knowing her wishes are still coming true. My mother did the same thing when her mom passed away back in 2001, and the first one she completed was a wedding quilt for my cousin she had started and was unable to finish. My grandmother who loved to quilt and was very active suffered from Parkinson's the last ten years of her life.

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    Beautiful story Every quilter's dream.

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    Quote Originally Posted by debbiecharlie View Post
    Love it!!! and your sister in law realizes that every stitch you made was in love also...that is the most important thing!!! The quilts will hold your story for many years!!!! Hugs to you!!!
    I totally agree!!! I am very proud of you for finishing the quilts - such a tribute to your mil and the rest of the family - I am so glad that your SIL took the time to acknowledge your labor of love - she too is special - It sounds like you belong to a very loving family - Thats what life is all about.

    You have given me inspiration to make quilts for my daughters from blocks their grandma (my mom) made years back before she pasted. i have been afraid to do them - just wanted to do them justice-now I realize no matter how I do them it will be with love and thats all that matters - thanks for that!!!
    Grandmas are just antique little girls!!

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