Friday, October 26, 2012

Blogger's Quilt Festival Time! Scraps of Love....






Hi, all!

Well, it's that time again - Blogger's Quilt Festival!!  Lots of beautiful quilts with wonderful stories - and a great distraction from the fact that Quilt Market is going on!  If you've never participated in the Blogger's Quilt Festival, you should give it a try - you can read about it here.  It's a wonderful experience!

This year I want to tell you about a quilt that I've blogged about a lot in recent days - but it has such great stories related to it that I can't resist sharing it one more time!  So for those of you who have already read about this quilt, I apologize.  For those of you who are first time visitors to my blog, thank you for coming and I hope you'll come back soon and often!  

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Our church has a growing quilt ministry that started about three years ago from very humble beginnings.  We call our ministry Piece*Love*Quilt, and we've made and given away almost 400 quilts since we started.   



I've got a special quilt to share with you all today - made for Christy, one of our quilt ministry members, who had a brain aneurysm rupture a few weeks ago.  

The word blocks were donated by Sharon...


Christy is a new member - she had just joined a few months ago, and after making her first quilt for herself (she was afraid it wouldn't be good enough to give away!), she made six baby quilt tops and started on a quilt for a friend.  

The monkey fabric came from the first baby quilt Christy made...
And the red striped fabric above is left over from a dress I made
for my daughter about 20 years ago!


Then suddenly she suffered a ruptured aneurysm and has been in the hospital ever since.  She is still sedated and they are unsure of the extent of the damage.   Right now, it looks like she will be in long term care and rehab....


Lots of the ministry members joined in making blocks for this quilt - it was the first experience for many of them with dump-and-sew blocks, but it went well!  


In fact, the block on the right above was the first block a new member had ever made, and actually the first thing she ever sewed!  She was so excited....


And this block has the best story - one of the ladies in the group was making it at home before leaving on a trip, and her daughter was helping her pull fabrics.  When KatieBeth brought the princess fabric over, Deb said, "Honey, this quilt is for a grown-up lady - and that's a little girl fabric."  KatieBeth responded, "Well, she's a princess too, isn't she?"  As Deb said, how could she tell her not to put it in after that?

There are pieces of fabric in this quilt from many of the quilts we've made for the ministry, and many hands had a part in the making of it.  Our hope is that it will remind Christy of how many people are praying for her and cheering her on as she recovers from this devastating event in her life.  

Thanks for letting me share this special quilt with you.  I hope you'll join us in praying for Christy - she'll need a lot of prayer over the coming months......

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And now, by the numbers...

Quilt Measurements:  68" x 90"

Special Techniques:  Dump & Sew Improv Piecing

Quilted by: Me and Jolene, my long arm machine!

Best Category:  Favorite Group/Bee Quilt --or--
Favorite Scrap Quilt!

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Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope, if this is your first time here, you'll stop by and join us for Can I Get A Whoop Whoop Fridays - a great time to share what you've been working on each week!  

Hugs!

Sarah

28 comments:

  1. That brought a huge smile to my face Sarah so VERY thoughtful and meaningful. Healing prayers to your friend,Christy:)

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  2. Oh Sarah what an amazing story. I do hope your friend will recover. The quilt is such a bright bit of hopeful sunshine.

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  3. This quilt is a great entry for you. It shows the tender work of your ministry!

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  4. Well this made me cry! What a beautiful way to show love and care! I'll be praying for your friend!!

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  5. A great ministry. Blessings on all of you as you bless others.

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  6. Just seeing the photo, I thought "this quilt is so fun and pretty". Then reading the story behind it makes it extra special. The quilts that are sewn with love, prayer, and tears, have a special something about them.

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  7. A great testimony to the love and spirit of your group...and quilters in general. It is bound to warm it's recipient's heart as well as body. Well done!

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  8. What a lovely quilt and a lovely story! My prayers will be with Christy and your wonderful ministry!

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  9. What a wonderful story to go a long with a fantastic quilt! Thanks for sharing it!

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  10. What a special quilt! Thanks for sharing it today!

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  11. What a touching story and a precious and thoughtful quilt!

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  12. Such a special quilt.
    I'm guessing photos don't really do it justice. It's one of those quilts you could spend hours pouring over and finding something new to love.

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  13. Lovely quilt and a great story to go with it!

    My prayers for Christy.

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  14. Fantastic quilt and what a fabulous story. Thanks so much for sharing this poignant story. Good thoughts going to Christy!

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  15. Thanks for sharing the quilt as well as the story with us!

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  16. What a fabulous and for such a wonderful cause - hope she is better soon. Thanks for sharing.

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  17. Beautiful quilt! love the colors.

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  18. oh this story is making me teary!
    prayers of love and blessing to her!
    Godspeed healing!

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  19. Touching story and such a special quilt.

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  20. I really like the bright colours and the cheerfulness of that quilt. The worthy cause makes it even more valuable. And now I have to hop over and check out what dump-and-sew blocks are :o)

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  21. Beautiful quilt Sarah and touching story! Thanks for sharing.

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  22. It is fantastic to hear the love of quilters have for each other. And to share in such an awesome ministry. Wow! Will the hosptial allow this quilt into the quilter's hospital room? It would be great for your quilter to be surrounded with the prayers of all the quilters.

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  23. What a charming and cheery quilt, love that you are getting so many involved in quilting. Hope your friend gets better and gets to enjoy this treasure.

    Come see my entries #23 antique zigzag and #46 repro tulip batik

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  24. I love your quilt - such an inspiring group of people who make quilts for people. I would love to start a quilt ministry with my church - what a fantastic idea!

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  25. What a beautiful story- I hope your friend gets well soon. Beautiful quilt, really came together perfectly with so many hands.

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  26. It's such a very touching story and I will hope that your friend makes a full recovery. It's a lovely colourful quilt too.

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