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Thread: Then there are those who "get" quilts...

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    Super Member zyxquilts's Avatar
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    Hi all! I was on vacation for a few weeks...a 4554 mile road trip to visit some g/friends, and am just now getting caught up on all the new postings.

    Seeing that the one I started about those unclear on the concept was still growing, I thought I would throw out this one for the "other side of the quilt" so to speak!

    On one of the first quillows I made, I did a pieced top, single Irish Chain (nine patch & plain BRIGHT blocks), using some great fish & balloon prints with bright colors, black background, gold accents. It made me happy just looking at it! I planned it from the beginning to give to a friend of mine who is a pin striper for his brand new baby girl. (He uses lots of bright colors & loves to fish & has a ton of "fish" shirts that he wears.) I embroidered her name on the pocket of the quillow & gave it to him when it was finished. Being an artist himself, he really appreciated it & let me know too. And even better, when I had my truck repainted and asked him to stripe it for me, he refused to let me pay!
    Well, I finally ordered a new Chevy HHR last year, and I called him up to set up an appointment for him to stripe it for me. (This time I did pay tho'! LOL) When he came to do the work, he told me that his daughter still loves her quillow & uses it all the time...and she's 12 years old now!!! Boy, did that ever warm the cockles of my heart!! I still smile thinking about it! :D

    So now, what's YOUR happy story??

    sue

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    A 8 years ago my friend Angie had wanted a lap quilt to snuggle in while watching tv. (Nothing fancy just and old plain jane type.) Angie had a toy poodle called Cotton who was always with her on the couch. A year ago Angie was killed in an auto accident and her daughter took Cotton to stay with her. Cotton whinned and whimmper for days and would not eat she didn't know what to do. When she had gone to her mothers home to take care of things, Cotton jump on the couch and curled up in the quilt and stopped whining. Cotton is now the the owner of the quilt.

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    Oh, Ceanna, that is a wonderful use for your precious gift. I am so glad it brought comfort to Cotton. Thanks for sharing.

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    Isn't it nice that gifts can turn out to be blessings beyond what they were originally intended for?

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    What a heartfelt story.I'm a strong animal advocate, And can feel cotton's love for his/hers companion as he snuggled in the quilt. he sorely missed and loved Angie, What a sweet tribute to your gift, to Angie. it must really pull at your heart strings.

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    well that sure brought tears to my eyes this morning

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    And people say "it's just an animal...". They (the animals) have feelings too.

    I'm glad your quilt is helping Cotton through his grief. I am sorry for both of you and your loss. :cry:

    Last Fall I made a twin quilt for a fundraiser event held each year for a different local recipient. (Last year's event was for a 12 year old boy with an inoperable brain tumor. Sadly, it was to pay for his funeral; he passed away 3 weeks later.) The quilt alone raised over $600, and was won by (I'm shamefully happy to say) a very dear friend of mine. She has a 2 year old boy with Cereb. Pau. and is a full time Pharm. student. While out with them a few weeks ago, her husband told me the only way he can get the baby to sleep at night is to lay beside him on the couch with THAT quilt covering them up; no other will do. He is the sweetest little boy who has been through a lot already in his life. They carry the quilt with him every time he has to go to the doctor or hospital, and anytime his Mom is not there at bed time. Yes, some people really do love quilts, even if they have no idea what goes into making it.

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    I didn't mean to make anyone cry .

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    This is what quilts are all about LOVE and Comfort, and comfort comes in many forms

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    My girlfriend was going through a real tough time years ago, she had terrible back pain and no one seem to know how to fix it. She always loved my quilts and encourged me a great deal. She had shown me some applique blocks of butterflies her mother had done but never completed a top. I got her daughter to sneak the out of the house and get them to me. These blocks were discolored in some places but I didn't change anything on them, they were special to her and she might not have appreciated them being made brighter or whatever. Well, I ended up with 32 or 33 butterfly blocks. I was able to do a quilt for her with everyother block being a butterfly. Machined pieced and hand quilted it for her for Christmas one year--even had enough butterflies left to make two pillows for her. I gave her that quilt one year for Christmas. I had had a month to work on it, so could only do minimal quilting Her mother had passed away by then She opened it up and starting crying That was the best Christmas present I ever got, seeing how much that quilt meant to her. Years later, I made a butterfly wall hanging for her. I had promised her one of my own creations land sinced she loved butterflies, appliqued butterflies onto white muslin wioth a tulip border for her. She is a very special friend and I am always wanting to give her something I made to show how much she means to me.

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    These are the people we want to keep giving to over & over....

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    now those are real tear jerkers. now thats how a quilt is supposed to be treated. with love. tia sarah

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    I would have cried too! You truely are a great friend!

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    I know I'm late on this line...but I couldn't resist telling a partial-quilting story.

    My mom is in a nursing home and has been for almost 15 years. While she was still communicating it was explained to her after one of my visits that I had taken up quilting. I come from a family of people with artistic ability and the gene completely missed me. While the family just rolled their eyes and waited my mom sat there quietly and listened to their gossip. My first 2 quilts ever rolled off the block. I've made four and they are all the same for my father's mother and his three sisters. All 5 piece rail fence, but these two were pink and blue. My grandmother and aunt went to show them to my mom. None of them make quilts, clothes and other art forms. Mom said her first two words in 18 months..."where's mine?". The family had already warned me not to make her a quilt as the home uses borax or whatever and really hot water and the quilts the ladies auxiliary had made had to be hung up to be saved a nasty death. So I wracked my brain about what I could do. So, since fleece throws were in, I wanted to make her one. I searched through 6 stores before I found just the right one. Its chocolate on the back and cream on the front with chocolate colored roses with green leaves. It was my first project of the type so I cut and knotted with care. I sent it.....

    The nursing home people refused to let her use it. It was hung up on a dowel. Mom wheeled herself to the wall (if you knew her, you would know that that alone took all day) and pulled it down around her, causing the dowel to break and hit her in the head. She was okay, just a bump. Now she can no longer communicate at all nor move in her chair. But each day, she wears that blanket no matter the weather. It is removed for eating so it won't stain, and then it is hand laundered by caring family. They replaced the dowel and hung up a quilt from the auxiliary on it. When mom isn't using it, they push the quilt aside and hang up her blanket. She loves to stare at it and until she was no longer able to, she pointed to it for all visiters to see. Still haven't made her a quilt...she just loves that blanket.

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    I'm so glad you were able to find a way to give your mom what she needed. I'm certain she feels that she is getting a hug from you everytime she wears it. I'm glad family can help to care for the quilt too.

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    Mpeters your story touched my heart and made me cry. I used to work in a nursing home and it's true they do use hot water and bleach in there everyday wash of sheets and diapers to sanitize them but on personel laundry they are usually alittle more carefull how it's washed. Around x-mas time I always donate a few lap quilts to the home. Old people get cold easy and always like something to cover up with.

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    What a wonderful and touching story! It is truely heartwarming to her such a story. I love it when whatever I make is cherished! Some well menaing people will say, Oh its too pretty to use, we hung it up. I would much rather it be used and worn out than just hung on the wall. Your story is an inspiration to all of us to do what we can to make people happy through our creations.

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