Thursday, February 7, 2013

Sew Thinky Thursday: Week 2

Welcome to week two of Sew Thinky Thursday! Each week I'll be sharing a sewing related question and you can think about it, blog about it, and link it up here. I'll keep the linky tool open until the following Wednesday, so be sure to stop back throughout the week to read other responses and share in the conversation! Let's get the conversation going!

The button up there is free to be added to your blog however you'd like - just link it back here (let me know if you need help figuring that out - it's not too hard). 

If you notice the button on my sidebar, I'l be adding the next week's question above the Sew Thinky Thursday button, so you can write your blog post anytime you want. 

Finally this week's question is:

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

The most meaningful project I have made is the pair of quilts I made for my nieces Katee and Rosemarie. My niece Rosemarie is 6 and has been battling cancer for five years. About three years ago I decided I wanted to make a quilt for Rosemarie - to take with her to her doctors appointments (which were a 5 hour drive from home). I knew that I couldn't make a quilt for Rosemarie without making one for Katee, but it was a daunting task as a new quilter to try to make two quilts at once. 

So, I called upon my online quilting community. I asked people on my blog, swaps, and flickr to make a block for Rosemarie and Katee's quilts. I have never seen such a caring community before. So many people sent me blocks - 33 people from 7 countries! One block even had prayers written into the seam allowances (you might notice that I do that on my bindings now)! These sweet friends stepped up and helped. I managed to piece and quilt those two quilts in just a couple months! 

It is such a sight to see when the girls come to visit. They both bring their quilts and it's so sweet to see them sleeping under them. It's definitely a comfort to know all the love that was put into them. I still get emails and notes from online friends asking how Rosemarie is doing. It always makes me smile. Rosemarie is doing well, there is no cure for neuroblastoma, but she's been stable and is off treatment for the time being. She's sweet and spunky, and acts wise beyond her age. And she loves chicken nuggets. 

It means a lot to me that I was able to make something for these girls that brings them comfort. Rosemarie has had a hard life - in and out of hospitals for so long, and as a result Katee's life is effected by it all too - having her family away from her, staying with her grandparents. I like to think that somehow all the love and caring that came from those quilting ladies across the world will continue to be showered on the girls. 

Read the whole story here, and the condensed version here.

Now it's your turn! Write a blog post and link it up. Then read and comment on the other post! :)


  1. wow, first one to enter two weeks in a row-- how long can i keep that up?! love the project you selected...

  2. That is a beautiful story! I love that all those quilter friends came together to help you with these quilts, just beautiful!

  3. The quilts are beautiful and the girls look like they are doing well! I wanted to pass on this information for Katee because she is a Super Sibling!

  4. Thanks for sharing this. The quilts are beautiful and the girls look like they are doing well! I wanted to pass on this information for Katee because she is a Super Sibling!

  5. What a special story for you, all the contributors, and the girls! No doubt they know they are so loved each time they snuggle up with their quilts!

  6. Thank you for sharing a beautiful story. And I love the idea of adding "hidden" prayers to my projects.

  7. What a wonderful thing to coordinate and sew!