Thursday, October 6, 2011

100 Quilts for Kids

Read to the end for a great story and for a giveaway !

I was roaming my favorite blogs one day when I came across this post. I think it is a brilliant idea and it was just the nudge I needed to get a Project Linus quilt made. It is something that has been on my list for sometime and I am so happy to have finally made one to give to them. When my sweet girl was a baby, she was diagnosed with a heart defect that she had fixed with open heart surgery at 22 months. It was such a scary time for us but I will say that it gave me a perspective of gratitude that I find so valuable to this day. I think often of how scared we were that morning we had to report for surgery. Thanks goodness she was so little- she had no idea what was going on. The time we spent there we met other parents whose children had things going on that made us feel like the lucky ones. And we were- they fixed her and we brought her home. But in the midst of that scary morning, a nurse brought Maya a quilt and gave it to her. It was her quilt that someone- a total stranger-made for a child just like her. I can't tell you the comfort it gave to us as her parents that in some way, someone had thought about this and done something so heartfelt for a child they didn't even know. It is an eye spy quilt- made beautifully, obviously by hands who knew what they were doing. She still has and loves her quilt. There was a tag on the quilt with the maker's name and I sent a thank you note to her via Project Linus as I didn't have her address. Somehow that got me on their mailing list and shortly after, I received a newsletter and in it was a list of the top donators for our Portland cahpter. I looked at the list and at the very top was the name of the woman who made Maya's quilt. And next to her name the number 768. As in she has made and donated 768 quilts. I can't tell you how that blew my mind!!





And the universe being what it is, I went into a local fabric store yesterday and started chatting to the lady cutting my fabric for me. I found a really sweet print and was buying some to make another PL quilt. She asked me what I was going to do with it and I said it was for a Project Linus quilt. She said, "Oh that's so nice- the kids really appreciate it". I then told her that my daughter had received one once and it made such an impact on us as parents too and then I told her about the woman who made the quilt and how I had read that she had made over 700 quilts. She looked at me with a big smile on her face and said, "Oh you must mean Miss Margaret!" And that is her name! Then she tells me that at this point she has made over 4000 quilts. FOUR THOUSAND!!! I couldn't get my mind around how anyone could make over 700 and here, 7 years later, she is at 4000. And then think about it- 4000 quilts is going to cost some money! The woman at the fabric store said that she comes in pretty often and that the employees bring fabric in for her. I asked if I could put some fabric together for her and she said of course so this whole thing sort of comes full circle now as I am taking in a nice big bundle of fabric for her. And a photo of Maya with her quilt that she made 7 years ago. The whole story just gets me happy and so in awe of this woman who has done so much for so many.



So I hope that puts a smile on your face today and makes you think if she can make 4000, I bet we can all make 1 (or a few!) quilts for a kid who needs it too.




So you might remember the quilt below- I made it for a sample for my first line, Party Dress. It is a cheater print so it sews up nice and quick. You just quilt around the hexagons. Leave a comment and I will draw a name in the next few days for a kit of the fabric to make this quilt. I am going to make one for Project Linus (because once you start it gets sort of addictive!) and so I will cut out another kit for someone else who wants to make it and give it locally to a place who accepts quilts for kids.




28 comments:

Allisa Jacobs said...

Love this story! I am always amazed at how life comes full circle. I totally empathize with what you went through with your daughter...the gesture of a handmade quilt offers comfort in so many ways, doesn't it?

I've always been intimidated to make a Project Linus quilt, I've donated my fabric before...but I think your post just inspired me :)

Way to go Mo!
xo

happy zombie said...

All the more I want to have a PL sewing day with you! I love you dear friend and thank you for sharing the beauty that is you and that you're surrounded by!!

Kristin said...

Oh, Mo, that just kills me. {sob} What a great story. So glad you get a chance to tell that woman how wonderful she is.

Janelle said...

What a great story! Project Linus is an awesome idea!

Tonya said...

wow, being a Project Linus coordinator, this brings tears to my eyes.....love it....thanks for all you do for PL

Laurie said...

I love the story and how everything went full circle. I just finished my very first real quilt and I'm donating it to Sharp Hospital in San Diego. They give them to people who are in the end stages of life, as a bit of comfort to them and to their families who eventually take the quilts/blankets home. Thank you for sharing your story!

Toni said...

Project Linus sounds wonderful. I don't have any little ones to make quilts for so this will be fun for me!

RP said...

Thanks for sharing! I made a lovely monkey quilt for Project Linus once, and I always wonder where it ended up. I can't believe that woman made 4000!!!!!

tatgurl said...

My daughter was in the NICU for a week when she was born. They gave her a quilt when she was there that was donated, and we will always cherish it. I'm looking forward to making my first quilt to be donated sometime this next year! I have a friend from High School, who's 5 year old son had a massive hemorrhage in his brain due to a stroke. This only happened this past spring. My next quilt project will be going to him now that he is severely disabled and wheelchair bound.

Bebdom said...

Hello, Thank you for sharing this story. It's nice to know that maybe no good deed really goes unseen ;) I'm not in for the fabric because I live in France, although i have to say your designs are lovely and part of my stash already!

Dawn said...

Stories like this always make me cry!! I've made a few quilt for Quilts For Kids, and it feels so good knowing that they'll touch a little one's heart. A quilt is like a nice, warm hug, only better! :)

Aimee said...

That is so great! My daughter recently broke her arm and received a Project Linus fleece blanket - she really loves it and out of all the quilts I've made, she likes that blanket the best! Love the cheater panel & it would make a great PL donation!

Heather said...

Thanks for this story. I think my total at this point is 7... 4000 is incredible!

Charity said...

What a wonderful inspiring story.

Violet Craft said...

That is so awesome! I see a PL sewing day in our future.

Marianne, aka Ranger Anna said...

My older son, who is adopted, came home from the hospital with 2 samples of forula, 4 disposable diapers, a borrwed onsie..... and an ABC quilt. He's 20 now, and when we re-did his room from kid to grown up style, he still wanted his quilt to hang on the wall. Yep, I'm due to make several PL quilts, too.

Kate @SwimBikeQuilt said...

Just a few tears on my side. My daughter is 23 months--I can't imagine open heart surgery. And I definitely can't imagine making 4000 quilts. It reminds me of Miss Rumphius the Lupine Lady story--"And I will do something to make the world more beautiful." Miss Margaret has certainly done that. Incredible. Thanks for linking up, and donating a prize. Best-kate

Jenny said...

what a great story. 4000 quilts is so amazing!!!
I am so glad your story has such a happy ending! I followed your quilt over from Katie's blog! Im happy to have made one for 100 Quilts for Kids too!

grandma jane said...

This is what quilting is all about! Finding a need and filling it. My dear friend's granddaughter was hospitalized over Christmas one year. Ever since, on Christmas Eve, the mom goes to the hospital and brings a quilt to each child. I would love to stitch this quilt and have it make its way to a sweet little one on Christmas Eve.

two hippos said...

What an amazing and inspiring story!

Holly U said...

My son was born with a cleft palate. We learned the hard way that he was burning more calories nursing than he was getting and we ended up in the NICU for 3 days when he was just a week old. We have a PL blanket from that time, and just like you, I vowed to make some and pay back. Kate at Swim Bike Quilt gave me the deadline to get started! I missed it by a few days, but I finished one last night and have another in the works. Feels so good to be able to use my skills to give back.

Live a Colorful Life said...

Such a sweet story. Our first grandson was born in a hospital in Portland, and passed away three days later. But I know he received a quilt as well. This warms my heart and definitely makes me want to give back. Thanks for the post, Mo.

Crissy said...

Wow! What a neat story. Thanks for sharing & inspiring.

Jules said...

My twins were 3 months premature,my darling son passed away the first night. Our beautiful daughter ended up spending 162 days of her life in the NICU and two surgeries before she came home. And thanks to the FLMQG we are currently making crib quilts to donate to the NICU here in Rochester, NY.

CometGirl63 said...

I'm a beginner quilter/sewer but I'd love to make one and donate it. I'm working on a crochet scarf for the Special Olympics right now.

storiedyarns said...

This is beautiful! I would love to sew a quilt like that for PL!

You have me thinking that a friend of mine gave me some fabric remnants she no longer needed, and included in that were some squares and piecing that she had already done. I should stitch those together and make a quilt for PL or another locally based organization! I'm going to dig through the fabric stash to find those today!!

Jess

Kimberly said...

That is an awesome story! Thanks for sharing it. I am glad your girl is fine now, and that you found a way to connect to the quilt maker. You are right, if she can make 4000 quilts, I can make 1.

twelfthzodiac said...

I have made a little quilt with your cheater hexagons! It was for my niece ~ I'd love to win a kit & donate one to my local hosptial!