Friday, February 11, 2011

"Beck" the ultimate UFO

About 11 years ago, I made a baby quilt for my BFF first grandchild. It was a simple 4 patch pattern that I had found in a magazine. It was fun to make, and was enjoyed by the family when it was received.

Fast forward to 2011. This family has since moved to the Ukraine as missionaries. And they now have 5 adorable children. And the little quilt I made for their first born was passed down to the babies that followed. It has been well loved, holes and all.

This family is currently in the states to renew their passports. When they left the Ukraine, Mama left the quilt, now affectionately called "Beck" back at home. However when they arrived in the states........... well, this was the email sent to me from Mama Oksana..........

"By the way, you already know that Damara loves the blanket that you made for David years ago. When we were leaving Ukraine, I left it at home because even though she likes it, she is not completely attached to it. How surprised I was to find out that Dalina, our six-year-old, packed that little blanket in HER little personal carry-on for her little sister! So, the "Beck" (as the blanket is affectionately known in our house) has traveled back to America once again!"

During our move last summer, and while I was working on organizing my fabric closet, I came across it's twin, Beck #2. My daughter had made the same quilt top after I made the original. The top was complete but never quilted, so having heard how ragged "Beck" has become, I sandwiched the top and quilted it. I've sent it on to them, so it might become another well loved cozy quilt for little children to snuggle with.

And here it is - "Beck" #2

Doesn't it make you happy to know that a quilt you made and gifted was so well loved??

Happy Quilting!

23 comments:

Crispy said...

That is the biggest tribute to a quilt. To have been so well loved that it has holes in it. I'm sure Beck II will be loved equally.

Crispy

kimland said...

What a great story, thanks for sharing it! I hope that my quilts are also loved by so many!

Liv said...

Such a sweet story. Isn,t that what we all hope for. Good luck to the new quilt.

Jackie said...

There is nothing better than a well loved quilt. One thing I have learned is that if they're not used, they just won't be as well loved. What a sweet family to be sure that you know how much Beck is loved by all!

Darlene said...

What a sweet story - a very well loved quilt. Can you imagine all the memories attached to that quilt. Now a second quilt to love as much. You're a good friend.

Impera_Magna said...

What a wonderful story... how thrilled you must be to know that "Beck" and "Beck2" will live on in the memories of those precious children!

Talin's Corner said...

Great story. It's so nice to know that your quilt was cherished and loved by so many.

Linda said...

That's such a great story! I'm sure Beck 2 will be a welcome addition to the family!

Loralynn said...

How thoughtful of you to send them Beck #2! Love the story. You are right, nothing is better than for something you have made to be worn to holes due to love!

Heartsdesire said...

What a sweet story. And yes, it does make quilting all worthwhile. Especially knowing that your gift was loved.

Allie said...

A wonderful story! That's how you know a quilt is really loved, when it's worn right out. How wonderful that you have a twin, the family will love it!

Terry said...

Love that story! And how great there was a Beck #2 waiting in the wings! :0)

Heather said...

That story brought tears to my eyes. I would gladly make quilts for anyone that would truely love it like this family!

Unfortunetly, none of my family cares that I love to make quilts.

How blessed you are!!

Marge said...

What a great story. It's amazing what quilts can do! Keep up the good work.
Marge

QuilterMary said...

The BEST blog story I've read today!! Thanks for sharing.

kasthurirajam said...

beautiful.....

annieb said...

Nothing like a well loved quilt! Isn't that why we make them- in the hopes that they will be well loved and cherished?

Loris said...

That is the coolest story! What a sweet family and what a wonderful treat to be able to make another quilt for them.

QuiltSue said...

What a lovely story, and a lovely compliment to you.

Micki said...

Y3es, that is the biggest tribute you can have. It is a pretty quilt!
Micki

andsewon said...

My how sweet is that! A truly loved quilt!
Maybe they can retire Beck#1 to the keepsake chest and allow Beck #2 to take over now.;-)
Hugs,
Lola

Amy, a redeemed sheep said...

This is one of the sweetest stories I have read! I'm in awe you had a Beck 2 in the waiting. =)

Sinta Renee said...

I love this story! And then it had a twist... the Beck had a twin! A very fitting happy ending... but I'm sure it's not an ending at all. Beck #2 will be there to give love and comfort for many years to come. Precious!
It is a beautiful quilt by the way!