Wednesday, November 26, 2014

A Quilt From My Friends : :

This past Sunday my family and I adventured out for a quilt photo shoot. It's been more than two months since we last went out, can you believe it? And, this isn't even a quilt finish of my own, no, it's much more special!

Back in early October a surprise box arrived at my door, in the midst of dealing with frustrating, endless health struggles, grieving the loss of my Dad, all while preparing for my first fabric collection release & Quilt Market. Inside was the most beautiful quilt made by Nicke, Holly, Jacey, Ara Jane, Jeni, Jessica, and Amanda, along with a note expressing their hope that this quilt would bring joy to my life and peace to my heart. This amazing gift has given me that and so much more!

A Special Quilt!

It's made up of twenty colorful, scrappy quilt blocks using the free Amsterdam Quilt Pattern, a collaboration quilt Holly created with Michelle Engel Bencsko for Cloud9 Fabrics, combined with my favorite, quilt as you go. Each block is signed by it's creator.

Amsterdam QAYG

Amsterdam Quilt Blocks

While this worn-out, broken barn so perfectly represents how I've felt so many days these past few months, this amazing gift embodies the beautiful and tangible connection that only a handmade quilt can give. How quilts are such a wonderful source of comfort. My friends who made it hoped that I'd feel peace and love when I snuggle myself under it, but it also showed me how much they care, which is so helpful and healing in sad and lonely times. I truly can't thank them enough. 

A Special Quilt! 

So much beauty!

To Nicke, Holly, Jacey, Ara Jane, Jeni, Jessica, and Amanda -- from the bottom of my heart I thank you, I'm forever grateful. 

♡  Maureen

53 comments:

  1. A beautiful photo shoot outing and wonderful friends. It's so nice for you to enjoy the cheery tulips no matter the season.

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  2. Forever flowers from your friends, how sweet!! You deserve it!

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  3. What a beautiful testament to the bonds of friendship you have created in the quilting community. I'm new to blogland and have enjoyed reading your page. I'm so sorry about the loss of your Dad and your health struggles. As someone who also has tremendous health problems, my heart goes out to you. Good luck with the new fabric line ! It is fabulous. Beautiful quilt, wonderful friends and a great photo shoot.

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  4. The comfort that comes from handmade quilts is real and special which is why I make mostly charity quilts. I received a quilt when I was down I needed one and I felt so much love. Now that I've healed I want to give that back to those in need. Thank you for sharing with us!

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  5. Beautiful, and so caring and giving - a truly thoughtful gift.

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  6. It's a beautiful quilt and a great photo shoot place!

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  7. This brought tears to my eyes. While you make, make, make for others what a wonderfully kind gift for your friends to bless you and wrap you on their love!

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  8. Well deserved my darling girl. I just love it!

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  9. A wonderful quilt and gift for a lovely girl, who shares so much of her creativity with us. I love your pictures.

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  10. It's beautiful, both in appearance and sentiment!

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  11. Something to put and keep a smile on your face, every day :)

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  12. Oh it's beautiful - what a great bunch of gals! The coolest thing I realized about handmade is that as you stitch for someone else, you think about them. You pick what you think they'll like, you think about how they'll use it, you meditate on your relationship with them and what they mean to you. It's such a sentimental process, you know?? This quilt is obviously made with so much love, it's just awesome. And it's gorgeous too!!

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  13. Oh my, yes! A wonderful quilt story...so happy for you, especially to have dear friends :)

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  14. Oh what wonderful friends you have........

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  15. What a nice story!
    I'm running a fabric giveaway, would you like to enter?
    Happy Thanksgiving!

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  16. I think only another quilter can truly understand the love in every stitch of a quilt! You have some pretty spectacular friends...must be because you're pretty spectacular yourself!! Enjoy the beautiful quilty hug from your beloved friends every day!!!

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  17. A beautiful story to match the beautiful quilt, and what amazing friends you have! Happy Thanksgiving!!

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  18. I adore this quilt! I've been in a rut and think this might just be the pattern to inspire me! Thanks!

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  19. Who wouldn't feel better wrapped in love by this beautiful quilt? And as always, thank you for including another wonderful pic of your area...that barn is fantastic! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours...

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  20. BEAUTIFUL! quilt! you lucky girl. I love the fabrics in it and all the wonderful scrappiness.

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  21. such a beautiful quilt and such a wonderful and generous gift! Thank you for the beautiful pictures!

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  22. How wonderful - made, given and received with love.

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  23. What special friends. This is going to the top of my list. It's so cheery, and I know it helped you immensely when it arrived.

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  24. How wonderful - made, given and received with love.

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  25. How blessed you are to have such caring friends. It's beautiful!

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  26. Another beautiful quilt and a fantastic story! Happy Thanksgiving and I know I will because my younger brother had a successful kidney transplant on Tuesday so GOD bless everyone on this holiday! :-)

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  27. It's a lovely quilt and how lucky are you to have such thoughtful friends.

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  28. Nothing brightens my day more than receiving a bunch of flowers ... no matter which form. What a lovely gift to receive :)

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  29. What sweet friends you have!

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  30. What a nice thought, and a great location for showing it off too!

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  31. A gorgeous quilt, and fab setting x

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  32. I think you are awesome, Maureen. I'm so glad the gift that Nicke proposed brought you the things you needed most. I hope it continues to bring you comfort. <3

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  33. it was such a pleasure to contribute blocks for this quilt and i'm so happy it brought you some comfort, maureen. thank you for your friendship and for being such a beautiful and sweet person. i really do hope we get to meet again soon!

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