Saturday, June 2, 2012

A Special Quilt from Heaven – The Story

A few weeks ago when I was first learning about the Hands2Help Charity Quilt Challenge that Sarah Craig is doing over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict, I read about one of the charities called Happy Chemo, and I thought to myself, “I would really like to make a quilt for this project. What kind of quilt could I do?” Immediately the thought of a little plastic sack of fabric in the corner of my sewing room came to mind, and I thought, “That’s perfect!”
So, this is the story of the little plastic sack of fabric…
It held some pretty blue, yellow and green fabric, already cut into 6 1/2” squares along with some extra yardage. The layout had already been determined by my mom and each row was pinned with little papers with numbers on them.
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My mom purchased this fabric several years ago and had cut it all out, done the layout, put it all in a sack, and then with all of her other projects she loved to do, she just didn’t get around to sewing it up.
My mother passed away 2 1/2 years ago, and when my siblings and I gathered together to go through her belongings and divvy it out between us, this little sack of fabric is one of the things I chose, and it has sat quietly on my shelf for the past 2 1/2 years.
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The significance of this quilt is that many years before her passing, she had breast cancer. She had a mastectomy and went through a double dose of chemotherapy. The chemo was a hard go for her but she had told the doctor that she was a fighter and that she was going to beat the cancer. She definitely was a fighter and she did win.
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Her amazingly positive attitude, faith and determination got her through it and she was blessed to gain another fifteen years with her family. For which we are all forever grateful!
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I’m going to write a special letter to have delivered with this quilt to its recipient, sharing its story. I hope it will help her feel loved and encouraged.
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(My fourth son enjoying the attention. : )
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I love this quilt! It is so bright and happy!
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So this quilt has two authors, me and my mom. A special quilt from Heaven. I really feel that my mom had something to do with the inspiration I received to make this quilt be the one I send to Happy Chemo. I hope it brings its recipient a lot of happiness!


21 comments:

Allison said...

your quilt is lovely - thank you for sharing it's beautiful story :) I'm sure this will be a well-loves quilt

Sarah Craig said...

Myra, what a beautiful quilt and an amazing story! Isn't it wonderful how sometimes a quilt will just be waiting for the perfect timing? Thanks for participating in H2H this year!!

April said...

Beautiful Quilt and a very special story. Thank you for sharing it. I love to hear the story that is a part of the quilt's life. :)

Myra said...

Thanks Allison! I sure hope so! : )

Myra said...

Thanks Sarah! It sure is wonderful how things work out sometimes. I sure appreciate you providing the opportunity to participate in H2H!

Myra said...

Thanks April!

elizabeth said...

Oh, what a beautiful quilt and story : ) It will be such a blessing to the one who receives it!

Myra said...

Thanks so much, Elizabeth!

Marion said...

WOW!!! Myra, I am SO in love with that quilt and the story. Your mom would LOVE it! She loves you so much and I am SURE that she is equally proud of you! :)

Beezus said...

What a lovely quilt, and a lovely story to go with it! :)

Karen said...

What a wonderful story and quilt. I am sure it will bring much happiness to someone special.

Myra said...

Thanks Marion! I know she was part of this finish. How wonderful is that?!? : )

Myra said...

Thanks so much Beezus and Karen!!!

materialgirlquilts said...

The quilt is so beautiful and so is the story. What a perfect use for your mother's pre-planned quilt. She's no doubt very proud of you! Thanks for sharing the story.
Amanda

Myra said...

What a kind thing to say! Thanks Amanda!

Kati said...

What a sweet story and quilt. I'm sure someone will love having it and it will give them a lot of comfort. Thanks for linking up to Slash the Stash.

P. said...

What a beautiful quilt and a beautiful story. Funny how things like that wait for just the right moment sometimes. I lost my mom about the same time, and working with her sewing stuff has made me feel close to her memory.

Elaine M said...

Beautiful quilt and wonderful story. Thank you for sharing, your mother would be proud.

Sarah Craig said...

I'm so glad you linked this post up to Quilting For Good Tuesdays, Myra! It's a wonderful story and a beautiful quilt!

beth said...

Such a lovely quilt with an inspiring post! I know the recipient of this one will feel the love!

harleywife57 said...

WOW ; what an extra special quilt a patient is going to get . Wonderful moving story . God bless YOU ! My mom died in 1978 from what started as breast cancer. She went thru chemo after a mastectomy and fought it for awhile . Maybe my mom and your mom are friends in heaven !!! WOW !!!! :D

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