One of my favorite things to do with my quilts is to give them to anyone I learn about who is undergoing some serious medical treatments. I've sent them to complete strangers. I've given them to acquaintances. I've given them to friends of friends.
I found out last week that someone we know here in Sunriver has a wife who was just diagnosed with bile duct cancer and is undergoing chemo. i knew just the quilt to give to her. I made this a few years ago with Céçile and Béa's quilt along, the year that baskets were the theme. It's been folded, waiting for the right person to give it to. I do love the quilt (I love baskets) but it'll do more good on Cristy's lap than in my pile of quilts! 😁
I also love the back! I used extra baskets and some orphan blocks.
Before we drove back to Sunriver, I sent a quilt to a woman I know who became quite ill a few moths ago. I completely forgot to take a picture of it (it was a 25-patch scrappy quilt that was pretty large!). She emailed me the sweetest note after she got it. I'm going to share it with you so you can sense how much joy our quilts can give to others!
I encourage everyone to give away your quilts. At least in my house, they just sit in piles, unused. I can only use so many on my bed! They can offer so much love and comfort to others.
Here is our sunset last night after thunderstorms all afternoon. Mt. Bachelor is in the background. One great thing about Central Oregon is the occasional summer rain--you know California is desperate for rain.
Hope you have a great Monday!!
Thanks for sharing that glorious sunset after some much needed rain. Those two fabulous quilts were super sweet gifts and they're sure to provide SEW much comfort!ReplyDelete
Randy, that is so perfect! Good for you! Those quilts mean the world to someone in needs! Big hugs!ReplyDelete
Not only is this a wonderful thing for you to do, but this is one of my favorite quilts of yours! Right up my scrappy basket ally!! Thank you for being such a kind and generous person.ReplyDelete
I agree with you - giving quilts away is brings us so much joy and is much better than hoarding them. This quilt is wonderful and look at how you were rewarded with such a gorgeous sunset.ReplyDelete
Your advice to give quilts away, especially to those who could use a boost, is timely and wonderful! One of my goals for this year is to do a lot more of that and it's good to read your reminder. That sunset is gorgeous!! I don't get to see many since woods surround my home, so thanks for sharing.ReplyDelete
Why did my post record three times! LolReplyDelete
Having been on the receiving end, I know how amazing it is to open up a package and find a wonderful quilt inside that was totally unexpected. You are as generous as they come, and have blessed many lives.ReplyDelete
That is a wonderful basket quilt, and I'm sure it will be loved.
What a glorious sunset!! Oh, thank you for sharing it!
Wonderful post, Randy. Jane really says it well. There's no words to express the feeling of receiving a quilt. Blessed is your generous heart. ;^)ReplyDelete
I love your giving attitude about your quilts. I think of them as 'comfort quilts' but I like your word - healing - much better for your specific context, giving them to people in serious medical treatment. The basket quilt is gorgeous - such a wonderful mix of fabrics, front AND back.ReplyDelete
Oh Randy--that is so wonderful!! And so true about quilts sitting in closets or stacked up doing nothing, isn't it? what a comforting gift to get.. so heart warming...Good for you;))) those baskets are really lovely...hugs, JulieroseReplyDelete
I am so with you on this, Randy. Normally I make certain quilts with the intention of giving them away, but I’m going to start giving more of my “keepers” as I have far too many of them. Beautiful photo, btw!ReplyDelete
Yes, when my husband had quadruple bypass my Aunt gave him a quilt which had been completely handmade by my Grandmother--it was cherished then and now. I am in the process of paying it forward and have given and will continue to give quiltsReplyDelete
Your post is a good reminder how much comfort quilts can give to others and bring joy to the maker.ReplyDelete
I absolutely adore this quilt! What a beautiful gift of generosity. The note received must have touched your heart.ReplyDelete
That sunset is stunning! I love it when the sky is orange.
you cannot underestimate the power of giving a quilt to someone........it can mean so much to them.........so special and its a lovely quilt........ReplyDelete