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!
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......
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!
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!