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Monday, August 29, 2016

Sewing Comfort

In its earliest days, quilting was an art form born of necessity.  Today though, I would venture to say that there are very few quilters that make quilts from salvaged fabric, for the primary purpose of warmth.  There is no doubt that quilting takes me on a never-ending journey of creativity that is rewarding and fulfilling.  I find such joy in seeing my vision take shape right before my eyes.  Though the primary purpose and methods of quilting have changed over time, one thing remains steadfast.  Quilts can be a great expression of love, whether given in celebration, or to bring comfort to those who are hurting.


This quilt is going to friends of my cousin who lost everything in the recent Louisiana floods.  The wife had a stroke a few years ago, and is wheelchair bound, and they had over five feet of water in their home.  When my cousin told me their story, and asked for a quilt to bring them a smile, I put everything else on hold to get it done.

My cousin specifically wanted soft, soothing colors with a spa-like feel, but with small pops of sunshine yellow.  She also mentioned that she loved my Sunny Skies quilt, which was made with my Purse Strings block tutorial.

This quilt will be finished before the day is out, and I am planning to ship it out tomorrow morning.    I wish I could wrap a quilt around every single person I know that is experiencing loss and hurt in my hometown right now, but I know that's impossible.  I just hope that this quilt can offer some measure of comfort for this particular family.


15 comments:

  1. I think you really nailed this request. I imagine even the idea that someone these folks don't know took the time to create something just for them and that they are remembered will bring comfort. A lovely cozy quilt will be a bonus.

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  2. both beautiful and heart-warming. thanks for sharing.

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  3. Well done! The colors and placement are spot on, so very soothing and sure brought a smile to my face. I believe that the gift of a quilt is a big hug and the best part is that it hugs over and over and over. They will love this gift!

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  4. Kelly, what a wonderful gift. And isn't it a gift to be asked to make a quilt for someone in need? You've inspired me to look around to see if any organizations are collecting quilts for those affected in Louisiana.

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  5. This is such a treasure! Beautiful!

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  6. What a kind gesture. I am certain they will love your gift. It's a beautiful quilt.

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  7. What kind of pen do you use to write on your labels? I have seen labels on your other quilts and like the fine line that you get. Thanks!

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  8. Oh it will! I'm sure the smile will be wide and perhaps a few tears ; )

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  9. What a lovely quilt to gift - will be a bright spot in their day!

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  10. Purse Strings looks lovely in these colors. Very warm and comforting. I'm sure it will be greatly appreciated and loved. Well done.

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  11. So beautiful.Sure she will be excited.

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  12. Beautiful and certainly soothing.

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  13. What a beautiful quilt and a kind gesture. I'm sure it will be cherished.

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  14. Beautifully done! The quilt and the gift.

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