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Thread: Summer quilts - graduates

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    Super Member JanTx's Avatar
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    A dear lady at church made quilts for every graduating senior for over 20 years. Back in 1998 and 2000 my own two children were blessed by that kindness. She has been in a nursing home a few years now - she's nearly 100! - and has been unable to continue this. When I started quilting - not quite a year ago - one of my goals was to take that task. Fortunately we worship with a small congregation and there are only 4 seniors this year - one girl and 3 boys.

    These are summer quilts - no batting. The boy ones use sheets as backings. With those two savings the boy quilts cost just about $20 each. The girl's has on sale quilt store backing so came in around $40.

    I can't wait to give these to these young people! Even if they don't know enough to appreciate them now I have been blessed in the making of them.
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    that is so nice of you to take the time to make the quilts for the graduates

    Thanks for doing it for them.

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    Very nice! I recognize the deer material... used that for the first quilt I made for my BF. :)

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    How nice of you to take on this wonderful job. Not only do the graduates receive a beautiful quilt, they also see the joy you have in giving. Hopefully, the joy of giving is a message they can take to heart and carry on with it.

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    How wonderful.

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    I'm sure the seniors will cherish the quilts. Blessing to you for your good works.

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    Good for you! How nice. There was a older lady in our church who pieced quilt tops and gave them as gifts for graduating seniors and weddings. My mom had mine quilted and I used it all through college and then my daughter used it on her twin bed for years and took it to college, too. It is getting tattered, but was loved.

    People used to give the lady all of their scraps left from sewing garments.

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    what a wonderful tradition to continue.

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    The girl one is a honey bun (ebay) and borders are leftovers from a quilt I made a grandson. The backing is LQS. Pattern is .. cobblestone? A free pattern I got off here.

    The strippy one is another ebay honey bun purchase. The sashing and borders are from Hobby Lobby and the tan is a sheet. I made up the blocks from work I've seen on here. The borders are Hobby Lobby.

    The brown one is a 3 one-yard pattern from Fabric Cafe. The fabric came from a 5 0ne-yard bundle I got at a cheap cheap sale. Ended up being about $3/yard. I'll use the two other yards for something else. The brown is a sheet.

    The deer one is all walmart fabric. The pattern is from Fabric Cafe for a 3 one-yard bundle. The backing is a sheet.

    I quilted them with a scallop stitch across the ditch - easy when there's no batting! The binding is brought over from the backing and zigzagged. I simply had to have some way that wouldn't make me dread having to do them!

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    we are kindred spirits...my quilts go to babies in my church...however, I can't quite keep up...we have had 45 babies born in the last 5 years!

    Nicely done and what a blessing, keep up your ministry, it is appreciated.

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    A friend and I do quilts for newborns of co-workers. That's about 2 a year from our elementary school. Hadn't even thought about the babies at church - we would have nowhere near that many!

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    They are wonderful. What a great thing to do. Will you have a chance to show them to the lady so she knows her tradition is continuing

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    Anyone would be proud to own these. You are generous with
    your time, & you won't be sorry for doing it.

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    I have told her daughter - a retired school teacher - and plan to go over to the care facility this afternoon.

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    Sunday morning I set out the graduate quilts on a table in the church building. A bit later I was headed to teach my Bible class when I heard one of the ladies show the boy grads their quilts. I got to hear the "wows", "oh mans!" and other manly cries of glee. Then the youth director came up to them and they ooed and ahhed some more. When he asked them if they knew where I was so they could thank me, I came around the corner. Those big, old, guys were HUGGING their quilts and rubbing all over them. It was too cool. I told them about the lady who'd made quilts for my kids when they graduated and that I was trying to restart that tradition. I didn't realize, but they were packed and ready to leave for their last year at church camp so I told them they could just leave them and pick them up next week on their way home from camp. Oh no! Those quilts were going to camp! So funny. I'm not sure they'll all make it home from camp, but ... from their reaction --- maybe! This was such great fun! I may need to start looking for some sale fabric to start on the next batch.

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    Oh what a blessed reaction! Kids, young adults never stop amazing me, your heart must of been soaring!

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    Very nice of you to do that!

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    wow...very nice thing to do

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    What a blessing you are for doing this!!!

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    You've heard the phrase: blessed to be a blessing? That applies here! :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by JanTx
    You've heard the phrase: blessed to be a blessing? That applies here! :)
    :-) :-)

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