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Jeans Quilt and thank-you’s

October 14, 2009

Over the last few weeks I’ve been noticeably quiet on the blogging front.  Besides the normal fullness of the schedule (I love being busy much more than not) and some equipment failures and breakdowns, we’ve had some emotional disruptions to the norm here.  A very dear friend of mine was diagnosed with Breast Cancer recently.

Wow, how do you follow up that statement?   Isn’t that one of those sit up and take a breath statements?  And the immediate next thought once someone you love has gotten that diagnosis is “what can I do”.

There is so much we can do, as women, as humans, as friends.  We can get our OWN mammograms and take care of our health.  We can call the person to let them know we love them, and are thinking about them.   We can organize a community project to surround them in love….and that is where I’ve been the last few weeks.

Jeans-Quilt-Full

Approximately 20 women contributed blocks to this quilt (we have a very caring community we quilters do).  Some made blocks, some contributed fabric, some came to the workday to piece the quilt.  Here are a sampling of the blocks that are in this quilt:

There are humorous blocks designed to bring a smile:

Jean-Quilt-Block1

There are blocks that honor her love of applique:

Jean-Quilt-Block2

There are blocks honoring her contribution to the local community as a quilting teacher:

Jeans-Quilt-Block3

There are traditional blocks (this one with a bit of sparkly fabric)

Jeans-Quilt-Block4

There are contemporary blocks:

Jeans-Quilt-Block6

And there are blocks honoring her faith and beliefs:

Jeans-Quilt-Block5

As you can see from the label, this has been a community project:

Jean-Quilt-Label

And a quick shot of the back with the quilting pattern:

Jeans-Quilt-Backing

A special thank you to everyone who contributed a block for this quilt.  I know the love in these blocks will surround our dear friend as she faces this battle.

Thank you to Christine Scholz (Backside Fabrics) for the contribution of the backing fabric.  Check out her website for great wide backings at a really good price.

Thank you’s to Quilters Loft in Mooresville NC for the donation of fabrics for the top.

Thank you to Barbara Barrier and Christine Scholz for helping me to piece this top together.

Thank you to Pat Bourbeau for doing the binding on such short notice.

Ladies, please, get your mammograms, get them annually, and take care of yourself.  YOU are the most precious part of life, each and every one of you.

13 Comments leave one →
  1. Patsy B permalink
    October 14, 2009 12:32 pm

    WOW!!!!! Looky what we can do when we get together! That is so beautiful, and I know she will love it.
    Lots of love goes with it. Thank you Judy for bringing us all together and for the quilting. You are awesome.

    • October 14, 2009 3:19 pm

      Patsy, thank you and all the ladies from the Lincolnton area who helped with this.

  2. Delorise permalink
    October 14, 2009 1:00 pm

    That is great. If I had know I would have offered help.

    • October 14, 2009 3:20 pm

      Delorise, I’m sorry you didn’t know, I put it out to as many people as I could and told them to let others who might want to participate to know as well.

  3. October 14, 2009 3:13 pm

    How beautiful. I lost my mother to breast cancer when I was 16. I guess we all know someone – a friend, a friend of a friend, or a relative who has been touched by this disease. Blessings to your friend . . . . . what a wonderful expression of love.

    • October 14, 2009 3:21 pm

      Melinda, this is my 2nd brush with it, we lost my half-sister to breast cancer on my 40th birthday. Here’s to finding a cure, and soon!

  4. Freda permalink
    October 14, 2009 4:01 pm

    Gorgeous quilt Judy. I’m so sorry about your friend. I hope everything works out for her.

  5. October 14, 2009 6:40 pm

    Awesome way to honor a friend and help through a horrible situation. Praying all turns out with the best possible outcome.

  6. October 14, 2009 10:53 pm

    What a wonderful gift! I am sure it will bring her a lot of comfort while she goes through ehr treatment program.

  7. Deb Bauer permalink
    October 15, 2009 2:50 am

    What a beautiful gift to help your friend through this difficult time. All of you who helped with this selfless and giving project are awesome ladies. I’ll tell you that it’s truly a privilege and an honor to post with you.

    I’ll certainly keep her in my thoughts for a successful outcome with her treatment.

    The love of all of you is so evident in this piece. Just lovely in every way.

    Deb

  8. Louise G permalink
    October 15, 2009 7:41 am

    What a beautiful quilt and such a thoughtful thing to do for a dear friend. You are all a blessing to her.
    I am sure she feels the love and caring surrounding her every time she looks at this quilt. Prayers for your friend, I know God is watching over her,
    Louise

  9. Sara permalink
    October 17, 2009 1:31 pm

    I sat and stared at the pictures and cried. All of you have been so awesome to my mother. I can’t explain how much comfort I have knowing you are all in her life. My mother is my world. She told me about this quilt and she is so proud of it. Thanks to all of you who had a part in this. While I feel like things are falling apart over and over again, this gives me a little peace.

    Love to All,

    Sara

  10. October 28, 2009 12:43 pm

    Judy, What a beautiful job you did bringing this all together, and so quickly! I know Jean will love it, and know that it carries all our hopes for her with it.

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