Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Quilting a Friendship and Sale ending

How has your week been so far? Have you been over to the Dots on Dots blog hop? Fun isn't it?

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Last week I did a post called Handmade Hugs about a quilt I made for my sister from my grandmother's shirt. I loved reading each and every comment and so glad it brought you smiles and memories of people that were important in your life.

One of my best customers, Sharon Decker, who has since become a very good friend, shared this with me and I just had to share it with you.

Sharon's email to me:
"Hi Michelle,

I loved your little framed quilt. I love using the pockets in memory quilts. My niece's husband died almost 2 years ago at only 46. I offered to make quilts for her and their two daughters and one son. I made quilts for each of the kids and something special for Jenny, my niece. I had been making the appliqued pieces from "Affairs of the Heart" and had quite a few done. Jenny sent me two shirts of Dan's that she really liked and I used those to make her a jacket. I used the shirt they bought when they took a trip to Hawaii as the sashing between the brightly colored "Heart" blocks. For the lining, I used almost all of one of the shirts. Now when she puts the jacket on, she is "hugged" by his "arms" because the sleeves of the shirt are now the linings for the two sleeves and the body of the shirt is the lining for the body of the jacket. I thought it was a fitting tribute to a very nice person who was loved by all who knew him. Here is what the jacket looks like (and my husband Al). "
Sharon told me that Dan died from cancer. He passed away quickly after his diagnosis. I think this jacket was such an incredible gift for her niece. I can't imagine the pain she will always carry with her knowing her dear husband left this beautiful world so early.  
Thank you Sharon for allowing me to post this. Thank you also for your friendship. Quilting has a way of bringing people together. Patching together bits and pieces of all our lives, the celebrations, the heartaches, the wins, the loses. Truly it is quilting a friendship.
Hugs, friends and quilt blocks to you,
Michelle and the Bunnies


Anonymous said...

wow thats pretty special Shell.xx

Jeanette said...

Very special for sure. Hugs,

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Life is like a quilt. Each day, a patchwork, and together, a year, a life. I am reminded again as I peruse blogs this morning that nothing is to be taken for granted, there is no challenge worth crying over if I forget in the process, what really matters.

Have a beautiful day Michelle! Anita

Quilt Hollow said...

Thanks for sharing a her hearts is hurting for her loss...yet such a very, very special gift to have.

speedyrabbit said...

Such a beautiful way to remember someone special.Well our weekend starts now and on the plus I have next week off to so we are taking a trip to the Newforest in Hampshire,U.K for a week and Speedy is off to stay with my mum on Friday,as the drive is a little far for him so he will have fun and games with his other grandma.Rach

Allie said...

What a beautiful, moving tribute for her niece - that is really special. I've often wished I had some of my dad's old shirts to wrap up in. Absolutely brilliant gift.

Christina said...

That is just a beautiful quilt. I love the way folks come into our life.

DebbieM said...

What a wonderful way to comfort someone. Bernie's grandma gave us a hand-quilted quilt for our wedding present 35 years ago. We used to hang it on the wall every winter, but now it is on one of our beds. It is so special to him as his grandma passed several years ago, but it brings back memories of her to both of us. Thanks to your friend for allowing you to share this with us, and thank you for the compassionate person you are to share it so eloquently. Thanks, Shell

Jules said...

That's so moving. What a lovely thing to share.x

Digby's Mom said...

Thank you for sharing Sharon's jacket idea. What a wonderful gift for her niece and a wonderful way for her to keep her husband with her. I wish I had thought of something like that when my parents passed on to their next life.

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