Wednesday, February 13, 2008

The reason for the quilts

Tomorrow I am planning to drop off the quilts I've made recently for Project Linus. The following will be included:



This is actually the front of the previous quilt...the zebra applique came from the stash my grandmother left behind...she loved babies so much. She was also the one who taught me to quilt. I think she'd be really pleased to know the legacy of quilting and the scraps she left me are going on to bless other babies!


One night after the children were all snuggled in bed, I found these drawings of my daughter's on my I found a way to incorporate them into a quilt...she was thrilled! Many have asked if it's hard to give the quilt away. It's not...because I kept the originals and can recreate the quilt anytime I want!

The Lightening Bolt quilt and the Sudoku quilt will also be going...I'll post more about the Lightening Bolt one later!

We had our fifth miscarriage last year. For the longest time knitting and sewing were not the comfort they were in the past. Finally the pull to return to the sewing room became too strong to resist. Still I didn't have the desire or energy to make a dress or anything like that, so I started sewing scraps together. Eventually the scrap blocks were filling baskets, drawers, etc. and I knew I had to do something with them. That's when the inspiration hit to donate quilts to Project Linus. My goal then was to finish 5 quilts (in honor of our five babies that died) by February 16th. Throughout the process I learned it's easy to cry and sew scraps together...I also learned that sometimes it's from the depth of our own pain that we are able to reach out to others. The children receiving blankets from Project Linus must be going through some traumatic time of their own...each quilt became a prayer for the one who would receive it. I also became even more grateful for the four wonderful children who are here blessing my life on a daily basis. I thank God they are healthy.

So that is the reason for this keep a pictorial track of the quilts that have been donated.

Healing comes from pain, tears turn to joy...God is awesome!

a quilt for Jude

Jude is the 4 year old son of a woman in my prayer group. He is having brain surgery on Friday to remove a tumor that has been growing on the side of his head. I asked each member of my prayer group if they would write a message for Jude for a quilt that he could take with him. And, as a first in any quilt I have ever made, this quilt included a pocket so family members could tuck their own messages in the quilt for Jude to take with him. The pocket was inspired by a quote one of the ladies used on her block: "Suppose I carried my family around with me in my pocket, how many pockets should I need?" Winnie the Pooh


May Jude be blessed with a safe surgery and speedy recovery!

Monday, February 4, 2008

Lightening Bolt Quilt

Today I started this quilt as featured on Sew Mama Sew...but since it was such a beautiful day, the children and I ventured outside. The quilt can be finished tomorrow when the temperature return to around freezing...


Sunday, February 3, 2008

Sudoku quilt

I never thought I'd be one to venture into blogland...but here I am!

Why did I name my blog such a thing?? Because I have bins and bins filled with scraps of fabric and remnants of stash needs to find new homes and blankets for Project Linus, among other projects, are a wonderful way for me to "share the wealth".

Here's my latest quilt...I started it last night around 8:30 PM and then stayed up way too late! Needless to say, there is a mistake in the layout of the blocks. Am I going to rip it out? NOOO! That would require ripping apart the sashing strips and taking out all the quilting and that would lead to extreme frustration and the abandonment of this quilt in sheer frustration. So it will be donated as is. I don't think the child who receives it is going to care much that the blocks are out of order, do you?