Wednesday, February 22, 2017

February finish...

This month my goal was to finish a quilt that had a purpose, so it was high on the agenda.

I have a sister who lives in a nursing home. She is in the advanced stages of Multiple Sclerosis. She asked if I could make a quilt that the residents of the nursing home could sell tickets on to raise money for extracurricular activities.

I got this quilt together and quilted as my OMG-One Monthly Goal for February.

It is bright and beautiful but I was worried that my sister might not like it. Luckily, she loved it.....I'm sure it brought back memories of her garden which she loved.

I got choked up a couple days later when I got an email from my sister...evidently everyone loves the quilt so much they don't want to see it go! She asked if I would mind that they use the quilt as a "dignity quilt"...used to cover a resident after they have died and are taken from the Home. So emotional, I can't even begin to tell you! What an honour.

I've had a couple of emotional quilt-related stories this month which remind me of how something as simple as the quilts we make can be so important to people at certain times in their lives.

I had a long, fulfilling, tiring weekend. It started with a couple of days sewing/eating/laughing at Retreat. My main goal was to complete my Meadow Mystery quilt top. I made good progress only needing an hour or so when I got home to finish....

I think right from the start I mixed up two of the fabrics. I think the white cherries and the blue were mixed up. Oh well!

The quilt is 60x60. I know a lot of people are showing that they've added borders to their quilts to get it larger. My quilt will be borderless, as it's meant to take outside in the Summer for babies to roll around on, or to use as a tablecloth on the picnic mine is a perfect size for it's intended purpose!

Monday was Family Day here in Ontario. In Selkirk they have a celebration called "Heritage Day". They have many old-timey activities and since the weather was so good they had a great crowd attending.

I was asked to set up a display to showcase quilting....

What a fun day.... a guilt-free day of quilting! I took my Quilty365 quilt to stitch on and it sure got a lot of comments. A twelve-year old girl even sat and tried her hand at putting a few stitches in. Hmmm, maybe a seed was planted!!?

A friend came and joined me for most of the day. She also enjoyed the excuse to sit and quilt all day. Her quilt was especially fun for the children to see...a quilt made up of many kinds of snowmen (sorry, I wish I had taken a picture).

After such a busy weekend my plan is to stay home and recuperate with some longarming and applique!

I am linking up with Lorna for Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts, and with Elm Street Quilts for One Monthly Goal.

Today, even though it is February, we are going to have record-breaking temperatures. Hopefully we can all take advantage of getting a bit of Vitamin D!


  1. Love your Heritage Day display! And maybe you can always make another similar quilt for auction! Your work is great!

  2. Your sister will definitely love her quilt.

  3. What a touching tribute for the Dignity Quilt! It is beautiful!
    It was a fun quilting day Monday!

  4. I've been hearing (on CBC app and a Detroit station) how lovely the temps have been there! Now if you could get a bit more sunshine right, as I hear it's been pretty grey. Funny how the mystery might have been mixed up from the get-go but if you hadn't said anything I'd not have known. mine is still in blocks form; going to do a little ripping and tweaking I think as it just doesn't seem 'altogether' for my tastes. I love what Cindy at Stitchin At Home did with hers.

  5. I love the dignity quilt idea, you must be so proud to have your work used in such a way.

  6. What a special honor Sandra to have your quilt as a "dignity" quilt, that is so very special. It is absolutely beautiful.

  7. Beautiful quilt for a dignity quilt. A very touching compliment for you. Your heritage display was very nice. A great way to introduce others to the love of quilting. Enjoy your day.

  8. Congrats on your quilt finish! Even better, to receive such an honor! Love that!
    The Heritage display is great; I hope there was a little seed planted indeed!

  9. Your quilt is so beautiful and using it as a dignity quilt is such a neat idea!

  10. What a wonderful quilt. Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and congrats on your finish.