Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Toddlerless Tuesday #20! Valentine's Day is Coming.....

Hi, all!

It's Tuesday again, and I can't wait to show you what I made today!  First of all, let me tell you that this pillow was inspired by KarrieLyne's adorable new design for The Quilted Fish.  I would have made an exact copy of hers, pinwheels and all, but I was short on time and didn't have the patience to carefully match up pinwheels!  So here's my version.....

This is a gift for my granddaughter for Valentine's Day - I've still got to find a cute book to put in the pocket (I found a red sock monkey today at the store!) but other than that, it's complete!  The front is made from a charm pack of Lila Tueller's Isabella line that I won recently, and the back and binding is made from a piece of Heather Ross's Lightning Bugs and Other Mysteries that I picked up in Hawaii.  My version came out smaller - only 15" square - but I think for a 3-year old, that's a great size!  Straight line quilting on either side of the diagonal seams on the front, and a 2" grid on the overlapped back, and it's done!  So much fun to make, and really pretty quick.  I really recommend this pattern!

And then, to finish off my toddlerless time, I got started on a commission quilt I'm making - - -

- - - - - cutting lots of strips to border some photos printed on fabric for a memory quilt!  I can't wait to start sewing these together tomorrow during nap time!

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One final thing I want to share tonight - last Friday I showed you pictures of these two quilts....

This one went to a 60-year old man with leukemia who is currently undergoing chemotherapy....


......and this one went to his wife, because we thought she might be in need of a little comfort, too!

Today I got an e-mail from the woman in our church who brought this couple to our attention.  

"Just got off the phone with Pat about the quilts. I dropped them off at 
the oncologist office yesterday morn and they must have gotten them 
after that. She said the timing couldn't have been more perfect. 
They had been looking for someone in the family who had a quilt 
they could use for him during treatments, but were unsuccessful. 
She said last night they were all wrapped up in them 
and looked at each other and just couldn't stop grinning!
The card was perfect as well. She said no one in the office told them how they got there but when they started reading the card, they just had tears streaming down their faces. 
They were both so touched and are amazed 
at the love that was being sent to them. 
I feel so privileged to be able to share in this time. 
Thank you so much for what you do and the ministry you have created. 
God is truly being felt by your warm quilts!"

This is why I quilt!

So tell me - what motivates you??




  1. I get thank you notes for quilts also...knowing the quilts mean so much is my inspiration as well.

  2. Aww...what a great story! Your quilt ministry is so wonderful, I just cannot express into words how wonderful you all are!

    Adorable pillow....I really love how you just arranged the HST differently! I may have to copy YOU! ;)

  3. Oh, Sarah,thanks for sharing that touching story. I'm glad they liked your quilts. I am a cancer survivor and my friends made me a quilt and gave to me while I was taking chemo. You have no idea what it means to receive this token of love. I can tell you I will never forget what my friends did for me and I love them all so much for it. Keep up this wonderful ministry. You are touching people's lives and you will be blessed for it.

    Your little pillow with surprises is so cute. I think I'll do one for my grands too. I love it. Have a great week!

  4. Lucky granddaughter!!! Love that pillow and Elmo completes the package deal:)

  5. What a great pillow!! Your DGD will love it!!

    I love reading stories about how folks enjoyed their gifts of love - you are right it's a wonderful motivation and inspiration!

    OOO a commission quilt!! Can't wait to see it done - I'm working on a few myself :)

    Have a great day!

  6. I LOVE the pillow. That is so cute! Your granddaughter is going to adore it.

    I NEVER would have thought about putting pictures on fabric to make a memory quilt. What a great idea.

    Your story of the couple with the quilts brought tears to my eyes.

  7. First, the pillow is cute, I bet GD will love it.

    Wonderful quilt story. My son received a quilt when he was in hospital for open heart surgery and believe me it does mean a lot.

  8. What great feedback on your ministry quilts!

    I love the pillow! And that memory commission quilt looks very interesting. Can't wait to see how that comes out.

  9. Very sweet pillow! Thanks for sharing the story with us. Posts like this motivate me:)

  10. The pocket pillow. I've just down-loaded that design to do some as Easter gifts. Yours turned out AWESOME! Hmmm.....great minds think alike! :) Sew On!

  11. I have made quilts for older people who are living in a nursing home where I volunteer. It is wonderful to see their smiles. I love what you have done!


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