Mrs. Thomas' quilt
Remember these 2 veterans quilts from last month? Mom made the tops and the quilt design started with her bin of 2.5" squares and that blue calico in the border. She added the red and white frames.
Well, that blue fabric came from the stash of a friend's mother. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas had to move into assisted living because of her failing health (they are both 90ish). My friend shared the photos of the quilts with Mrs. Thomas and she remembered the fabric and was thrilled to know that the fabric went into veterans quilts. Well, Mom had even more of the blue fabric left so we decided to make one more for Mrs. Thomas. Mom brought the top to me this weekend and I got it quilted and bound Sunday and delivered it to my friend yesterday.
Here's her quilt and the timing was perfect. Apparently she dislocated her hip this week and after getting it back in joint she's apprehensive about getting up and moving around again. They intend to use the quilt for incentive to get her out of bed and into a chair.
I hope it works!
Here's a close up of that blue calico. She bought a LOT of it and there's still plenty left. She probably bought it back in the days of Piece Goods when you got deeper discounts when you bought more yardage. I was a garment sewist when Piece Goods was around. I loved that store.
I was talking with a friend Monday about the number of quilter's estates that are coming out looking for new homes lately. Everyone else's fabric is starting to become a little overwhelming. I have another story for you tomorrow.
Fortunately Mrs. Thomas didn't have a lot. Some of hers was heavy weight so I can use it for dog beds but I will admit (not to her) that some of it went to it's final reward.
For now, this one quilter's fabric is on it's way back to her as a comfort quilt and I hope it gets her motivated to move into her chair.
2/26/2020 11:37:04 am
Very thoughtful and nice gift!
2/26/2020 11:38:04 am
What a great kindness you and your mom showed Mrs. Thomas!
Becky in VA
2/26/2020 11:51:48 am
Such kindness - both giving and receiving. Prayers that Mrs. Thomas will heal with the comfort of this quilt.
2/27/2020 08:25:20 am
What a wonderful gesture. Hopefully she will be motivated to get up and into the chair.
2/27/2020 08:29:14 am
That was so nice to make her a quilt from her fabric. I hope it motivates her to get up and move. I have not been gifted any fabric from a quilter's estate except from my Mom 20 years ago. She had already been reducing her stash so I wasn't overwhelmed with a lot of fabric. Sounds like you have been putting your estate gifts to good use.
2/27/2020 09:12:27 am
You and your mom are both very giving people Vicki, and, hopefully the quilt will be the motivation for her to step outside her comfort zone and make her way, with help, to a chair where she can stay warm under the beautiful quilt made with some of her own fabric. Hope you enjoy your day.
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I'm Vicki Welsh and I've been making things as long as I can remember. I used to be a garment maker but transitioned to quilts about 20 years ago. Currently I'm into fabric dyeing, quilting, Zentangle, fabric postcards, fused glass and mosaic. I document my adventures here.