I just want to say a big thank you to Katy for tweeting and blogging about my new blog. I also want to say another big thank you to all of you that took the time to post such lovely comments. I am very touched. I know that some of you asked me questions and I will endeavour to reply to you as soon as possible.
As Katy so rightly says, I am very new to this technology stuff so you will have to be patient with me if I post photos upside down, forget to add links and generally make the odd booboo!! You may find it hard to believe but I didn't have a proper mobile phone till last weekend - hands up you in the back row having a good laugh!!! I had an old pay as you go phone that still had the original £20 credit on it when it finally died! (5 years after purchase!) I'm the sort of girl that if she wants a chat, makes a cup of tea then sits down in an armchair to have a good chinwag on the house phone. I now have a brand spanking new Samsung Galaxy Note to play with so there is plenty of potential for mishaps. Scary!!
Enough of that. I just thought I would post some pictures of a quilt I made over 2 years ago. The story behind it goes like this.......
My Dad died 3 years ago this November and for the final month of his life he was cared for in a wonderful Hospice in West Worthing, Sussex called St Barnabas Hospice. He had Alzheimer's and cancer and that last month in the hospice was a real blessing. It allowed my mum, who had been his carer for over 7 years, to just spend time with him, talking and sitting with him without having to worry about all the physical aspects of careing for a very confused sick man. Likewise my sister and I were able to visit freely and spend time with him, even though, at times, he didn't know who we were!!
When he died, I wanted to make a quilt in his memory and then give it to the hospice to use for fundraising. This is the quilt I made.
It is a Dresden plate quilt made of all the brightest, most cheerful scraps I could find in my scrapbag. I quilted it with an allover pattern called 'bubbles'. I presented it to the hospice and hoped they could use it to make a good sum of money to use for their good work. 18 months later, I got a phone call to say that they had no idea of its intrinsic worth and didn't know how to use it to raise funds. Long story short, I said would take it back and use it to raise funds for them myself and then just send them the cheque. I had almost forgotten what it looked like but when I collected it, I fell in love with it all over again. Therefore, I just thought I would share some photo's of it with you. I am still trying to figure how I can raise funds with it but when I do, I will give you an update on what I managed to make for the hospice. Our hospices here in the UK are totally free (you may have them in the USA too?) and they do a marvelous job careing for the terminally ill and they rely heavily on fundraising to keep going. Making a quilt to raise funds was certainly less painful than running a marathon to do likewise!!!
This was not meant to be a sad post. I just did it because I have been moved reading many blogs which have shown how quilters have responded to family crisis, environmental disasters, war hero's, sick and needy children and babies etc. by making a quilt from the heart and using it for good. After all, a quilt is a big fat fabric hug!!