Friday, March 21, 2008
A few months ago, someone donated a Ziploc baggie full of different sized pink strips. It looked like a good challege to me, so yesterday I took them out and sorted them and put this quilt together. It was fun and a great reminder that scraps are not trash! Maybe we will be asked to give a quilt to a women with breast cancer in the near future. I think this quilt would be fun to give her. We'll see.
On another note,(I always seem to have two points to my blogs) I wanted to mention a newer partnership that MHC has developed with another non-profit organization called Until Journey's End (UJE). UJE was started by a family that we gave a quilt to last November. I read on a blog about Tiffany Evans and her family. They were living in a Ronald McDonald house in Ohio while they waited for their precious baby Isaac to grow big enough to travel home to Grand Rapids. It was a long journey for them but Isaac is home and doing great!! I actually met Tiffany and Isaac in February and we had a great talk. She is a very energentic and inspirational person. Based on her experiences away from home and family, she has felt called to help other families in a similar situation by sending them a care package and notes of encouragement over a period of time. When appropriate, she will add a quilt from us to a care package. You can learn more about Until Journey's End from her blog-www.untiljourneysend.blogspot.com She is always looking for more families to help and for items for the care packages.
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Friday, March 14, 2008
I promised an update before the week was over and here it is Friday so I better not disappoint! We gave out two quilts this week. The blue one pictured was given to Angie and her four children after the unexpected death of her husband and their father. The purple/pink one was given to a women named Hong who is a Vietnamese refugee who is enduring an abusive marriage relationship. In February we sent a quilt to a women in West Virginia who's husband was dying and she was living in the ICU waiting room. A few weeks ago we heard that her husband had died. I hope now that the quilt will give comfort to her and her four children as they navigate a new life together. So I guess the theme this week is giving hope to marriage, for better or worse, in sickness and in health till death do us part......It amazes me how we seem to give out quilts in themed groups. Sometimes we hear of 3 babies in one week, sometimes 2 tragic deaths in one week.
I wanted to highlight one more thing about the pink/purple quilt and the yellow quilt pictured. I hope the picture picks up the amazing quilting that was done on these. Phyllis Myers is our volunteer long-arm quilter. She has now quilted 6 quilts for MHC and she has done a fabulous job each time. If you are ever in need of long-arm quilting please consider her. Her business is called QUILTS COMPLETED. Thanks Phyllis!
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Monday, March 10, 2008
During February my sister, mom, and I FINALLY sorted out all of our donated material. I HUGE thank-you to my sister, Amy who spent most of her time one weekend rolling and organizing it by color. If you are reading this and have donated fabric, thank-you, thank-you, thank-you!! We are literally overwhelmed with fabric. When we look through these bins at all of the varied styles and colors it seems we will never run out of ideas for fun quilts. God only knows who will lie under these quilts and cry out for hope. We continue to work for His glory. Later this week I will give an update quilt giving and new ways to help.
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Monday, March 3, 2008
Here are the hard working quilt-a-thon volunteers having lots of fun on a cold winter afternoon. The second picture is the work we completed-8 quilt tops. Thanks again to all of our volunteers. I must add that I forgot to mention and thank one of our volunteers-my dad! He ironed the finished quilt tops for us! I am looking forward to finishing off these tops and making more at our next event!
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