Thursday, February 7, 2013

Sew Thinky Thursday

Today I am once again joining Emedoodle for Sew Thinky Thursday.  Thank you for the comments from last weeks question.

This weeks question is -

What is the most meaningful thing you've ever made?

This could be a pretty hard question to put into words.  I've made lots of charity quilts for babies and familes that have lost their homes, possesions and loved ones.

But I think the most meaningful thing I ever made was a quilt for my friend Diana.

I had every intention of making a quilt for Diana and her husband when they celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary. It was in September, but somehow the date got away from me.  So I purposed to make it for them as a Christmas gift.   I finished the quilt and presented it to them for Christmas.  She and her hubby were both very delighted. 

Diana had been diagnosed with cancer 5 years previous. The very next month Diana found out that her cancer had returned, and with a vengeance.  She lost her battle on September 26, 2004.



I never took a picture of the quilt I made for her, but I share this last photo of Diana and myself the Easter before she passed away.  Diana was head and shoulders above me both physically and in character.  She had a truly warm and giving heart.  I still miss her.

Thanks for letting me share.

13 comments:

Cindy said...

Thank you for sharing your beautiful story.

Lynn said...

Thank you for sharing with us. There are some people that "touch" our lives and really make an impression on our hearts. It sounds like Diana left a lasting impression.

Heather said...

this is a very hard question. it would be something that I loved but then gave away, but maybe not. Several years ago, a little boy in my neighbourhood was diagnosed with cancer. He used to see me out walking every morning, he called me 'the walking lady' and would point me out to his mom. I already knew his mom, but we weren't quite friends, yet. When I offered to make him a quilt, he asked for Bob the Builder. I found a panel, and quilted it with fleece on the back. i really don't like to quilt panels, but for him, anything. He took that quilt with him throught three rounds of chemo. I even offered to make him a bigger boy blanket, but he refused. Unfortunately he didn't beat his cancer, but I do think of him fondly.

Allie said...

((((((Jocelyn))))))) Mine is similar to yours - a friend's son was battling brain cancer, after surviving leukemia, and I made him a quilt with favorite scripture verses all over it. He loved it. He lost his battle too, and his mum still wraps up in his quilt..

Ivory Spring said...

Jocelyn,

Losing dear ones to cancer is always heartbreaking. I know because my best friend's lost her husband 2 Christmases ago.

Shruti said...

{{{Hugs}}} from India. I can totally understand how difficult it must have been for you to even write this post. But aren't you glad that she could sleep under that quilt in her last few days! And your quilt protected her and comforted her when she needed to be!

Adirondack Urban said...

What a touching story. My most meaningful quilt was a tiny 16 x 24 preemie quilt that I made for charity in November 2011. Wasn't I surprised to see that very quilt in the incubator my little grandnephew was using in January 2012! He was born 4 months premature and is doing just great a year later. When you make something for charity you aren't thinking it could be one of your friends or relatives who will be comforted by your donation!

Susan said...

This is a very meaningful post for me since I lost my daughter almost 3 years ago in May to cancer. I have a quilt I started for her that I've never finished--don't know if I can. My heart is with you and your beautiful story of friendship; what a treasured memory and gift, XOXO

Amy, a redeemed sheep said...

What touching story....Thank you for sharing...

Renea said...

The most meaningful quilt that I have ever made would have to be the t-shirt quilts that I have made using my son's clothing. My son passed away in 2006 when he was 26 yrs. old. He was diagnosed with a brain tumor on May 7th, 2006 and left us on June 18th, 2006. His brain tumor contained three separate types of cancer. I have made t-shirt quilts for my husband, daughter-in-law (Jacob's wife), his daughter (who was 6 yrs old & will now be 13 yrs old) & for Jacob's in-laws. I have also made Jacob's son (who was 23 months old & is now 8 yrs old) a quilt that contains his daddy's camo hunting pants. I left all the pockets in the blocks!
We all miss Jacob every minute of the day but it is comforting to curl up in quilts that were made using Jacob's clothing.

emedoodle said...

This is such a sweet story. So lucky to have been able to make a quilt that comforted your friend when she most needed it! Thank you for sharing and linking up this week - this story is great, and so are all these comments!

Jennie said...

Thank you for sharing - sadly we all know someone who lost the battle.

Michelle said...

:-( Thinking of you! Quilts hold so many special memories.