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Old 05-04-2007, 01:53 PM
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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??

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Old 05-04-2007, 02:19 PM
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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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Old 05-04-2007, 07:50 PM
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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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Old 05-04-2007, 11:37 PM
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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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Old 05-05-2007, 01:06 AM
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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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Old 05-05-2007, 02:44 AM
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well that sure brought tears to my eyes this morning
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Old 05-05-2007, 11:10 AM
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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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Old 05-05-2007, 11:13 AM
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I didn't mean to make anyone cry .
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Old 05-05-2007, 11:17 AM
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This is what quilts are all about LOVE and Comfort, and comfort comes in many forms
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Old 05-07-2007, 04:27 AM
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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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