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Thread: Painted quilt for terminal friend

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    Painted quilt for terminal friend

    I have taught painting classes (oil, acrylics and watercolors) for over 12 years and along the way I have made some very good friends. About 9 of us are particularly close and we get together on our own monthly just for fun, to visit, eat dinner, and work on any type of craft they want. The idea is just to get together and enjoy each others company.

    One of our group has been battling cervical cancer and found out recently that it has spread to her lungs, stomach and lymph nodes. She's in her 3rd round of chemo and her doctors told there this last round is just to prolong her life so she can get her affairs in order. This is one of the sweetest women you will ever meet, and what's hard for me is that she is part of my own family, since my sister is engaged to her nephew.

    Anyway - I suggested we make a quilt for her to take to chemo or to cuddle on the couch at home and they were all for it. I gave each of them a 10 1/2 plain white fabric square to paint a flower on, and I would make a quilt out of them. Keep in mind I've only been doing this a couple of years so I knew it wasn't going to be fancy but it would be functional.

    We gave it to her last night and she started crying, which of course made the rest of us cry.

    I used a green mottled fabric to outline the blocks, a white tone-on-tone paisley for the white inner border, and a very simple purple with white flowers for the outer border and backing. It was hard to find fabrics that wouldn't take away from the beautfiul painted flowers, though, but everyone was happy with how it turned out.
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    very lovely and very sad!!
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    How talented you are! Very lovely!

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    nicely done
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    I am so very sorry about your friend! How kind of you all to make this lovely quilt for her, it will bring her so much comfort!

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    This is a quilt that LOVE built. It is beautiful and so very special♥

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    The quilt is beautiful! I will be praying for your friend.
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    It looks beautiful.
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    That is so beautiful. I am so sorry about your friend. Cancer is such a horrid disease.

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    all I can say is Wow! She is so lucky to have you all there for her. Her quilt will help her remember the love and friendship she has.
    Cindy

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    How beautiful, both the quilt and sentiment.

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    That is so gorgeous. I am sure the kindness painted and stitched into this quilt will comfort her.
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    You are true friends.
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    Sorry to hear about your friend. It's a very beautiful quilt made with lots of love. Your dear friend will feel your love for her every time she cuddles underneath its warmth.

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    Each member of your group is very talented, and I'm sure that contributing to this beautiful quilt helped them find some measure of peace. How sad that you will be losing your friend, but how wonderful that you were able to show your love for her with this gift.

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    Very pretty blocks and beautiful quilt. Sorry to hear of your friends terminal illness.
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    I'm sorry about your friend. Cancer is a horrible illness. I recently lost a friend to breast cancer. You did a wonderful thing for her. I'm sure the quilt will comfort her and later on, her family. They will know how much someone cared.

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    praying for her ..
    wish you all strength and sending love

    nice quilt...

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    Beautiful quilt and sure to make her feel loved!

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    So beautiful! God bless you both!

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    This quilt is such a beautiful expression of your group's creativity, love and friendship. It will give your friend a great deal of comfort through what I am sure is the most difficult part of life's journey. Blessings to you all.

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    what a lovely gift. I wish your friend peace and comfort.
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    what a very beautiful story of very close friends. i know all of you will miss her terribly when she is no longer here, but the love she will feel when she looks at this will hopefully make her last days a little more pleasant. our prayers go out to her and her family and friends. you are all wonderful!
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    That is awesome. I was in hobbylobby this evening and saw a fabric paint kit and the brought back to mind that years ago when my ex was active duty army, that's how I made pictures for the children's room. I would a design or cartoon character on white fabric then put them in picture frames that I got from yards sales and the goodwill. Thanks for sharing.

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    Very kind of you all to make such an awesome quilt. I am sure she loves it

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