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"I am not sure how many here know Sue Taynors. She is most often found on Jaye's Sweet Interuptions thread. She lost her daughter this past week in a most horrible way. Her daughter was murdered. Several people have approached me about making a "Comfort Quilt" for her. I spoke with Jaye and we think we have a way to do this and get it done quickly.
Sue loves her flowers so we thought of having those who want to join in send me 8" squares of a pretty floral material. I will sash all of them and pass them down to Jaye who is going to Quilt as you go. We felt this would work up nicely. It would be a simple quilt showing our love for Sue. It is one of those times when less is more and simple is love...We can save the piecing and the applique and the embroidery for a time when we don't need something so quickly...
Remember, I am asking for 8" blocks
I would like to be able to spend this month sashing blocks and have them to Jaye by the middle of May. I would send them down to her each week as I got them done. If you would like to participate with this. Please let me know and I will sign you up. "
Some names may not be familiar as they are from the other building but know and love Sue too...
I definitely have florals (with butterflies!).
I spoke to Jaye this am (she called me & woke me up - THANK YOU - I needed to wake up well before then, so needed the wake-up call lol ) and she said it's to be a 12" block.
I'll send some beautiful 8" blocks (I cut & pieced one last night, so could do one for Sue, too, but will go with the group).
thank you for the opportunity to comfort Sue.
btw - I sent an email to my DD telling her that she's a joy to me, and that I don't tell her often enough. She replied back "I don't know what I did to prompt this, but it was the bright spot in my day" I replied that she didn't need to do anything more than be herself.
I know it was prompted by Sue's experience with her Jessie, and I know how quickly someone can pass out of your life. My DD needed to hear how much I love her...
Jaye - in my last post I meant that I would send "chunks" of material. Cut where you will, to make the block you wish.
You'll understand when you see the fabric - it's not an all-over pattern, rather more like little pictures of flowers and butterflies
cya later - off to a Maundy Thursday service at the Church.
Ok Jaye - re-addressed the envelope to Barb - Thanks for the heads-up.
So scatter-brained lately, it's a surprise to me that I hold onto any thought for very long...
I'll try to get it out tomorrow, after our Good Friday service...
To clarify the request above - I am asking for 8" blocks. I will add sashings to bring them to 12". The sashings will serve to bring continuity and will bind the blocks together as we all are bound together. Let me know if anyone needs my address.
Hugs and love to you all, Barb
Mine will go into the PO asap - it's addressed, just need to leave the house WITH it...
We went to an early am Good Friday service and were driving others, so couldn't go to the PO then - and forgot to take it... siiiiiiiiigh - Brain Dead Susan, that's me!!
I'm hanging in there Helene. I was supposed to go to pulmonary rehab for a while but I guess I flunked the echo cardigram. I have an appt with a cardiologist on the 20th now. It just seems to be one thing after another...but it's springtime and I'm still smilin'...
Barb so much going on, I am sorry I cannot be nearer...
In envy is a panel either use it as the center of the whole project or cut it up for many dif. 8"' blocks. If you need anithing complimentary let me know. I can get some of the exact collection...out tomorrow
count me in...will go in the mail ASAP...to Barb.
If I can do anything to help..let me know...A donation to Jaye to help with batting and backing cost??? can't do a lot, but if we all give a little, it would add up...??
I have an envelope sitting here waiting to go out to Jaye, so I will add to it., Same thing with yours Barb...
I'm still away from home with no cutting or measuring tools so I bought what I thought was a beautiful floral print with /butterfly & bird, 1/3 yard and mailed it uncut. Use what you want/ need for the project. Sorry it's not cut in the right size for you. Maybe it will make night corner squares or something.
Thanks Pat. I know how difficult it is when we need to be away from all our tools!! I'm thankful that you are able to help out and I deeply appreciate it.
I'll be watching for these wonderful squares to arrive. Can't wait now!!!!
May you all have a wonderful and most blessed Easter.
I've added your name Cher - thank you - and also Dianne's that I recieved in my mail.
What a wonderful, caring group of friends we have - I'm overwhelmed by your response to this request. I have spoken with Jaye, and we have decided that we will make a smaller than usual quilt for Sue and then maybe a pillow or pillowcases for Savannah and Austin - Sue's 8 yr old twins. We think it would be really good if they are remembered too.
What a great idea to include her sibblings in this project...I can not even imagine how they feel losing their big sister :(
It is amazing to see how complete strangers pull together to bring some comfort to persons in need. Thank you so much Barb and Jaye for organizing this quilt and pillows and for all the work you will be doing.
Barb I will mail you the square on Tuesday (monday is a holiday for us).
Oh Betty - if only we could get together for Quilting Bees.
I've asked ladies of our church if they wanted to do one (or several lol) All I hear is "used to do that, now my energy/eyes/hands are gone" People are "light sighted", arthritic, and "have enough to do", so it's a No-Go...
MAYBE I'll put it to our Board Meeting on the 16th, and see if we can have a fund raiser - bring your unfinished quilts and the group will quilt 'em (you have to put some work on yours) and then we take turns getting our quilts done...
If only 5 join, then we'd do 5 quilts... Well, maybe not a fundraiser, cuz I can't think how we'd do that... maybe having the space and a "good will donation" to help. It would be a Fellowship time, too...
Ric and Robyn, you both are part of Sue's life, and there's no way we can leave you out of the Comfort Quilt.
Barb, add BJWilson to that list. I've totally forgotten that she wished to contribute to anything done for Sue.
As Barb has said, I've agreed to do a QAYG. May take blocks, sandwich them individually, quilt and then join them. Uniform sized blocks will make placements easier.
Wish I have a sewing machine with a larger throat! Why oh why didn't I agree to DH's offer to get a long arm when we could!!!
I'm truly, truly humbled by all of you that willingly support this project. Most of you I have never met, but this I can proudly say.. trust gardeners and quilters to show compassion!!
Quoting Thea1962 (another Canadian!)
"It is amazing to see how complete strangers pull together to bring some comfort to persons in need"
In a strange way, Sue's grief has brought out the best in mankind.
I love the idea of the pillowcases for the twins. I am sure they will find as much comfort in them as Sue will with her quilt.
Thanks to Barb I am honoured to be a part of this quilt for Sue.I am not a sewer at all but Barb knew how badly I wanted to be a part of the quilt so she offered to put in a fabric square for me.
The members of DG rock!! When I was going through radiation a DG member made me a Prayer Shawl. It provided me with so much comfort and now as my DH faces his cancer battle he uses it to warm his shoulders. Sandy (Wren on DG) the rascal wove 1 of her hairs into the shawl. I've yet to find it and I can tell you I have looked.
Be sure to check the top of this thread to see that I have received your block(s). They are coming in quickly and I'm thrilled!!!!! And busy!!!!!
Hope to have a package off to Jaye by tomorrow - Monday at the latest.
Thanks Lady M! It looks to be a gray day here in Ohio, as the storm systems travel through. Not a problem, though, we have plenty of cleaning to do today, as Hubby's daughter and friend will be here Monday to spend a week. That includes straightening up the sewing room... arrrrggghhhh LOL
Hope everyone has a great weekend, will try to stop back later!
Here's what I worked on 30 years ago! It's a Pennsylvania Dutch design, and I hand-quilted it.
Size is 8" x 9 1/2", unfinished
Not sure what quilt I'll put it in, but I had it in a circular frame for 30 years, and wanted to incorporate it in a quilt...
btw - the "rusty" spot will disappear when I sew it, but it is from gluing the piece 30 years ago, so I'm not surprised it's there.
I bleached the "heck" out of it, because we used to smoke (quit 12 years ago), Plus all the other dust, etc. And the back material (ebony blue) was "bleeding" onto the cream fabric. I thought it might have bleached the thread, but it didn't. The material isn't cotton, so all the bleaching didn't deteriorate it, thank goodness. It's a stretchy material, so may have to "block it" with invisible stitching otherwise it will go out of "shape".
To whiten something that has been stored for years? Soak in a mixture of Era and Oxy Clean. OxyClean is a miracle whitener. Little cotton dresses that had been store for nearly 20 years came back to snowy white and stains went away too. Colors are brightened up too.
That is so cute, Karen - hand smocking, and homemade lace...
I once thought about learning how to tat - used to watch my Gma do it, and I admired her work very much. Usually she did doilies, and they're not in fashion anymore. Collars and such are back in fashion, aren't they?
Mom taught me to tat, but I never really liked it much, or embroidery or crochet or knotting. I can do them all I just don't much have the patience for hand work. I'll do the occasional small piece like a baby something but that's about it. She taught my youngest daughter also and her oldest son, Laura still likes it and does it once in a while but no where near what my mom did. She would make me yards and yards of the finest lace that looked like it was spun from spider web. It's one of the lost arts mores the pity.
I will see - it's a future project, to be sure...
thank you for the comments - I like it. Maybe I'll embroider others to match. and maybe... every 2nd one, with a solid between, so there aren't so many... ?!?! A wall hanging, perhaps?
I have lots of blues and whites :-)
I'm only waiting on three more. What a great job you have all done getting these blocks to me. I still haven't received from Judy (seedtosser1), Cindy, (purpbutfly), or Anita(diamonde919).
I know they must be on the way...Thank you so much ladies.
I have to thank you, Jaye, for sending mine. It makes me feel good being included even if I can't sew. Thank you Barb and Jaye for stitching and everyone who's contributing blocks. What a very special quilt it will be.
I received blocks today from Cindy and Anita. Just need Judy's and I can finish these up!!! Thank you all so much. I have mailed all the blocks for one side to Jaye and have half the blocks done for the other side and will get those out Monday-Tuesday at the latest. So far so good!!!!!
Judy's block just came in today's mail!!!! That makes all 32 of you. I can't tell you how proud of you I am feeling. You are wonderful my friends and I thank you.
And I also thank those who are contributing to the pillowcases. I have company walking in the door so I'll post about you later in the day. Just had to get this off!!!
So many of you sent extra fabrics and I have asked for and received help with fabrics for the pillowcases. Jaye and Marion contributed so much. And Mittsy has done most of the work for the pillowcases. I'm in your debt ladies...
What I did pales in comparison to what you and Jaye are doing Barb. I am honored and thrilled to have been able to be part of this. Hope when Sue and family gets it they feel all the love and friendship that has gone into it. I am sure they will actually.
And FYI Sue has a huge log cabin w/ an overhanging loft.
It's probably 15' or so from the loft rail to the LR floor.
(We both have identical Televisions. Ours fills our whole wall... Sue's looks lost in the space... lol!)
So there are dozens of places a Quilt or Wall Hanging can be displayed/treasured.
I've finished one quilt. Yes, I decided to split the blocks into 2 quilts.
That saying, "Everything has a reason" applies here.
Glad that somehow I delayed in doing the second one. Waiting at the P.O. are more fabrics which I'll try to incorporate most for the backing.
Thank you Pat too for the beautiful pillowcases.
By the way, Susan (FOTV) has been so kind as to purchase a hand made card to go with the quilts.
Will try to do a group blast on what the first one looks.
Correction is needed here.
Please forgive my mushy brains!!
Tis Mittsy who had contributed to the kids' pillowcases with their names embroidered on the cuffs.
I'll pick them up today and will post pic of the pillowcases in group dmail blast.
So sorry Mittsy!! Barb had mailed me about that but somehow my mind can't retain that important info!!
Sincere apologies, and I thank you very much for your wonderful work.
Got in late last night and hit the ground running this morning...doctor's appointment. Mom is about the same..weaker and can no longer hold anything with her hands but her mind is strong!!!!! Keep my sister and me on our toes trying to not let her find out about my aunt's stroke and then the cleaning of the arteries. We managed to keep it from her but what a chore. She is insisting on going back out to the house one more time and it is bothersome. Hospice and the social worker told my sister that it would be okay but I really am not sure...not so much on Mom as the effect it will have on my sister. That is the current thing that we are dealing with.