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Thread: My wallhanging for victims of violent crime to view during exams

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    --Here is the wallhanging quilt I made for the victims of violent crime, specifically sexual assault and domestic violence.
    --I have been a forensic nurse, subspecialty of Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner, for the last 10 years of my 40 year nursing career.
    --Upon my retirement, I presented this as a gift to our county SART team (sexual assault response team)and UASA (united against sexual assault), our local rape crises counseling center.
    --the color for "ribbons" against this awful crime is purple (like pink for breast cancer, red for heart disease)
    --The big rectangle in center is a photo of a broken dish and a whole dish
    --You can read about my symbolism on the label I was asked to make to be on display next to the wallhanging (identical one is sewn on backing).
    --I got the idea to make a wallhanging from a patient one day. Lying in the white, sterile exam room, she said something pretty to look at during the procedure was needed. I took care of that!

    What do you all think? Cathy

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    That is gorgeous and such a worthy cause!

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    Truly beautiful Cathy, in thought, words, and deed. What a blessing, reminder, to them, that they may feel broken at that moment, but then they will become whole again.
    How truly wonderful of you to do that for them. God's many blessings to you!
    Diana ~ Victorious Survivor of childhood assualt, rape, etc.
    - You really touched my heart on this one! I might borrow some your idea. :wink: I keep thinking I need to do something with my quilting, and we have a womens shelter.....

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    Diana, I'm so sorry to hear you had to suffer that. Go ahead, I freely give you my idea! ... Cathy

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    Cathy, thank you, but it was a long time ago, and I had lots of wonderful counseling. :-) I just wanted you to know what a wonderful thing you did for all who will see your quilt there! Not ot mention what a beautiful job you did making it!
    Diana :-)

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    Cathy, that is really wonderful what you made and who you are giving it to. Thanks for sharing with us!!

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    Cathy, that is absolutely gorgeous, i love it when a quilt has symbolism and meaning, and you truly expressed your ideas, in everything from the pattern you chose, to the colours. And i love your quilt label, one for the back, one for the front, that is what i'm trying to do right now too, for a wallhanging quilt i made for my hd clinic. Needless to say the iron-on tshirt transfer paper scorched my fabric when i ironed it, so now im going to try pretreated fusible fabric sheets. Can i ask what product you used to make your label?

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    Your story brought tears to my eyes...you are a very special lady to have given so much of yourself to this cause and to have left this beautiful quilt to help ease so many through a very hurtful time. Bless your heart!!! :D :D :D

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    Thank you for all your kind comments. This has got me thinking and I believe I've inspired my own self! Since my poor health prohibits me from rejoining my local groups to make multiple quilts for the needy, where there will always be an ongoing need to make more, I thought I couldn't quilt charitably anymore. But, this project helped me to realize that in a place where people go who have any kind of troubles, one single quilt on display can provide even a moment or two of beauty for much needed distraction and enjoyment. You've probably thought of this already. I did this once yet hadn't looked beyond my job with my own traumatized patients. Walls are everywhere... at shelters, churches, clinics for the poor, dialysis units, and hundreds of other place ideas!
    Cathy

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    It's beautiful!

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    What a gift indeed....Thanks for sharing and pray you have better health and are able to do more......

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    What a cool quilt

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    Beautiful!! I'm sure it beautifies the exam room and hopefully gives at least some people the courage to get away from the abuse.

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    You brought tears to my eyes.

    Thank you for what you have done to help ease other's suffering.

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    This brought a tear to my eye. This is so incredible; and your thoughtfulness, I'm sure, will be appreciated by so many. What an inspirational quilt!

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    What an awesome quilt. You are so sweet and very thoughtful.

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    Yes indeed a beautiful wall hanging can really be a rest for the traumatised mind.

    You have done a wonderful thing, and I applaud you.

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    What a wonderful quilt. I hope it brings some comfort and hope.

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    Cathy--you are terrific.

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    What a thoughtful and caring gift. The quilt is beautiful.

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    You are an angel.
    Your quilt is perfect, love it.

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    Here I am tearing up at my desk at work. Bless you for the work you have dedicated your life to!!

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    Wow, I really appreciate your great response. Getting all this praise is rather embarrassing since all I could think of was how it might help the future patients/victims. I gave it away when I left the job so I will never see it again. The new manager invited me over to the hospital room devoted for forensic exams so I could see it up on the wall right in front of the exam table, where the patient can view it the whole time, but I will not ever be there to see their reactions, kinda selfish of me, I know. So, it turns out to be a very good feeling hearing all this from all of you... thanks,
    Cathy

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    What an awesome thing to do. You may not see the reactions to your quilt, but you know they will be there for many years to come. Some may look and not see, but many will look and feel the love you have poured into that quilt and feel comforted.

    And who knows, maybe it will be the final piece that gives someone the courage they need to get through, the piece they wouldn't have otherwise got.

    Well done dude. :-)

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    The one thing you will know in your heart is that your quilt may give someone the courage to stand up for themselves and take care of themselves! You did a wonderful thing!
    Kendra

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