It seems during this time of year, we are reminded to be thankful. And it's sometimes easy to forget to show gratefulness for an act of kindness.
Today I want to thank blood donors. I have never given blood, but I know many people who do. There are people who share their life giving blood, in order to help others, many times saving lives. And I realize what a special gift that is.
Two weeks ago I shared with you about my friend, Lin. She experienced a Class 4 hemorrhage, basically losing almost all of the blood in her body, after a blood vessel burst behind her pancreas. Her heart stopped three times because of lack of blood. She was given 25 units of blood. That's pretty amazing, as the human body has about 10 pints of blood circulating. She was losing it faster than they could pump it in.
So today I am sending my thanks to the many men and women who donate their blood. You have helped keep this wonderful woman alive. You have blessed many people by your sacrifice.
One of the many things I enjoy about living in Florida is the weather. To be honest, I love the hot, humid, sunny days. What I don't like is when the days are shorter and the weather turns dry and cooler. But when it does, I dig out my sweatshirts and jackets.
I am not a garment sewer. However, several years
ago, I met my BFF at the Chicago Quilt Festival. We had a wonderful
time together. We looked at all of the fabulous quilts and of course
all of the vendors. At one booth, my BFF saw this jacket. She
immediately wanted to make one, and said that I needed to make one
too! Whoa-ho girl, I don't do garments! She finally convinced me and
we purchased the pattern. As my BFF lives in cold country 1000 miles away, and I live
in the south, we have to use our time wisely when we get together.
BFF was coming to my end of the world and she said we were going to make
these jackets! Whewww........ now I was in trouble. The first
objective was to find a 100% cotton sweatshirt. Ha, ha, well let me tell you
that it is VERY difficult to find any kind of sweatshirts in Florida! After much searching, we did finally come across
sweatshirts that were 80% cotton. As I drove around, she had seam ripper
in hand and tore out the cuffs and the neck trim.
We used Kansas Troubles, and Thimbleberries line of fabrics. I love
the rich color combinations. My BFF worked diligently on her jacket and
I followed along. It was a very fun project and we both came out with
great looking jackets.
That year I decided to enter the jacket in
the Florida State Fair. I have never entered any quilts in the State
Fair before, but I felt the jacket was something a little different
and maybe was worthy to show. To my amazement, the jacket took a
second place red ribbon! What a wonderful surprise.
Here are some close up shots of the back and quilting. I also added a nice closure at the top.
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