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Thread: The Most Special Labyrinth Quilt EVER!!!

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    The Most Special Labyrinth Quilt EVER!!!

    Howdy y'all :c)

    This is THE most special quilt I have ever made! What makes it so special you ask? I have a 20-year-old daughter named Melissa who is autistic. Melissa has never shown any interest in my quilting at all, was only interested in my sewing skills as they applied to me repairing a stuffed animal or a pocket on her dress. LOL!

    Well Saturday, just as I was sewing the first two rows together of my quilt, Melissa came into the room with me. By the time I had the rows 1/3 of the way sewn together, she was reaching over when I stopped at a pin, taking the pin out, and putting it in the pin box! She then watched as I laid the stitched rows out and put the third row on the second row with right sides together, and started handing me the flower pins to pin them together. Of course.....in true autistic fashion she HAD to give me the pins in the order of yellow, pink, purple, yellow, pink, purple all the way down the row. LOL!

    Once again, as I stitched those two rows together, she took out the pins and put them in the pin box. By the time I finished sewing those two rows together, she had the fourth row in her hand waiting for me to finish. When I laid the stitched rows out, without me telling her what to do she laid that fourth row on top of the third one, right sides together, and perfectly lined up the corners! She stayed right beside me and did that through all sixteen rows!!!

    So without further ado, here is the finished, very special Labyrinth quilt top and my helper! This is the first quilt we have made together!!! Doesn't she look proud??? :cD

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    Oh Donna! That is just so heartwarming. She and the quilt are both beaming.
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    What a treasure, in so many ways! The quilt is beautiful, and the fact that you worked on it together makes it that much more special. Melissa does indeed look proud!

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    Congratulations to both of you! It is a beautiful quilt.

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    Reading this is a great way to start a Monday morning. Melissa and the quilt are beautiful.

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    Awesome! You made my day with this post! Thanks for sharing!
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    Special indeed ...... as I wipe the tears of happiness from my eyes!
    A few more times assisting you, and she'll be doing more and more of the work.
    Temple Grandin would be proud of both of you.

    Great fabric/colour choices for the labyrinth.
    I like the subtlety, rather than it being bold colour switches.
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    Great quilt. Hope this is the first of many!
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    Wonderfully touching story, the quilt and Melissa look happy. She'll be quilting herself before long.
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    What a day-brightener! Beautiful daughter! She is beaming with pride! Special quilt, indeed!!!

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    Thank you for sharing, what a great way to start the day. I bet Mom is beaming, too.

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    The quilt is beautiful and so is your daughter's proud smile. Well done by both of you :-)
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    Wonderful quilt, and a special opportunity! She is just beaming!
    Be a blessing to others, as you may entertain angels unaware!

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    how very special that is!
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    Congrats,,, IT's not only your daughter and quilt that is beaming, As I read thru this your thread I could hear Mom beaming also.

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    Pretty quilt, sweet daughter, proud Mama!!
    Quilts and cats just go together!

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    I just want to echo everyone else's sentiments. What memories you'll have every time you see that quilt! And it is beautiful!
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    like your choice of fabrics, beautiful quilt

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    I am so happy for you both!
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    than people who never start projects at all.


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    Oh what a very special quilt. Very special and one to be cherished!! lovely work, both of you!!!

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    What a fantastic day, the two of you had . . . and what a special blessing, that lovely quilt turned out to be! Melissa's beautiful smile, says it all!
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    A lovely quilt, and a lovely daughter. I understand why both are special to you.

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    That is so awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Just plain wonderful!

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    This story made my day.

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