Friday, July 25, 2014

a very special quilt

Welcome to finish it up Friday!
This weekend I'm sewing my heart out at the 5th (!!!!) annual Gruber's retreat. One of the members of our group lost her husband this year. I can't imagine the pain that she's gone through in the past few months. My heart aches for her. The members of our retreat group secretly conspired and made her a comfort quilt...because we are quilters, and that's what we do! I was lucky enough to be the one to bind it. (And I'm not being sarcastic when I say that! :) ) It was so neat to put the finishing touches on the quilt that was made by friends that were brought together by the internet from 7 different states. This weekend we presented it to her at retreat. I'm so glad that it's gifted, because I'm terrible at secrets! :)

edited to add: the tutorial is called Rollin' Along (written by my friend Shelly, also one of our retreat friends!) and it can be found here.

Now it's your turn! Please link up and thanks for joining me for finish it up Friday!

67 comments:

Melissa Corry said...

What a special quilt that will be treasured!! I can see how putting on the binding and finishing this quilt will always be a special memory for you :)

Quilt Musings said...

LOVE Grueber's! And I live in AZ :) The quilt is absolutely beautiful and I'm sure it will bring great comfort. Quilters really do have the biggest hearts :)

Terri said...

It's such a beautiful quilt, even better seeing it in person. Thank you for all the work you put into making and finishing this quilt. I'm so thankful to be a part of this wonderful Gruber's retreat group.

KristyLou said...

Oh, wow! I love that quilt. SO sweet of you guys to do that. I am sure she will cherish it.

Susanne vb said...

<3 <3 <3 It's a lovely way to show the love!

Caroline said...

What a special gift. It is beautiful.

SewCraftyJenn said...

What a beautiful quilt! The bright colors are sure to give your friend something to smile about during this sad time.

katie kasel said...

What a gorgeous quilt and thoughtful idea! I was just in a Grubers last week, they have a great selection of fabrics...spent way too much!

SuperMomNoCape said...

What a beautiful quilt! I can't imagine losing my husband. I'm sure that she will truly treasure all the thought and care that went into making that quilt for her.

And just as a side note... sewing on the binding is my favorite part of making a quilt!

Shev said...

This quilt is exquisite. And beautiful. And even happy. I pray that your friend is comforted by it. What a gift.

Linda Wujcik said...

Nothing more special than gifting a quilt that is filled with love.

Debbie said...

What a beautiful quilt and a very special gift!

Patchwork and Play said...

A beautiful quilt and a wonderful surprise will gladden your friend's heart....

Jayne said...

A truly amazing quilt! What a fabulous way to offer comfort. My quilt guild is doing this for a member who lost her husband suddenly...it is so sad and while I cannot imagine the pain each of these ladies is in, a small gesture is sure to make a big impact!

Cille said...

Quilters are the best :) it's a beautiful quilt and I'm sure she will cherish it

Vera said...

How nice of you all!

Keara Littner said...

I have to say, I love the way this quilt looks! I've been finding myself with free time that I don't know what to do with lately, so I think I might give quilting a shot. I think it would be a great hobby, and I could give the finished quilts to my family and friends!
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linda g said...

Such a beautiful thing to do! You guys are great :)

May I ask what pattern you used? I love it!

Jade Prosser said...

What a sad thing to have to go through! I'm sure your friend will love this beautiful gift and it will help her cope in this extremely difficult time.
She's very lucky to have friends like you. Enjoy your time this weekend. (Hugs)

Farm Road Ramblings said...

How blessed she is to have friends like you. : )

Sara said...

A beautiful quilt for a really meaningful gift. Wonderful.

I got to shop at Grubers last summer and had a blast. That store is a destination itself.

Beth Shibley said...

Of COURSE you had to make her a quilt...and it's beautiful!

Scrapatches said...

Lovely quilt. May it give many hugs and much comfort to the recipient to know how much her friends are thinking of her ... <3 Pat

ipatchandquilt said...

Your quilt warms not only the body but also the heart,
Esther

Sewing by Jenn said...

Beautiful quilt that will be treasured, and I am sure it will bring her much comfort.

Sewing by Jenn said...

Beautiful quilt that will be treasured, and I am sure it will bring her much comfort.

Quiltineering said...

What a lovely gift! Beautiful work by all!

Renae said...

Beautiful quilt and so fun when it is a collaboration too.

Heidi said...

It's lovely! I know your friend will appreciate it so much.

Anne said...

That is one gorgeous quilt!

Terri said...

I happen to know that a quilt from internet friends is a comfort. My daughter passed after a terrible bought with breast cancer. My friends got together and made me a wonderful quilt. I treasure it. When I am sitting with my quilt warming me, I think about those angels, and my daughter, the angel in Heaven.
You all did a wonderful thing for your friend. She will treasure your gift.
Hugs

Stephie said...

Wow, what a thoughtful and loving gift. And so beautiful too.

Angela Atkins said...

What a blessing. I love the colors. I'm sure she will treasure it and the friends who made it for her.

Lisa H. said...

What a beautiful gift, filled (and sewn!) with love!

pinsandneedles said...

What a beautiful quilt! So sweet at all levels!

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

A stunning quilt!!

Sharon said...

Beautiful quilt! What a special gift, bringing all those scraps and bits from so many friends together

Donna~~ said...

Lovely quilt! What a lovely thing for you all to do!

Is it a pattern?

Annalia said...

It's beautiful! What a blessing to have the support of friends at such a time in her life.

DeborahGun said...

a special, touching gift.

Mary W Quilts said...

Sew beautiful...

Susie at ProsperityStuff said...

What a wonderful gift - and I love the way you put it: "a comfort quilt...because we are quilters, and that's what we do!"
Yes to that! As a quilter, I can relate! Beautiful work, and such a treasure for your friend, from her friends!

Heidi Grohs said...

I would loooove a quilt like that!

CapitolaQuilter said...

I"m sure the beautiful quilt made with love will bring her comfort in her loss. It's just fabulous. Have a blast at the retreat - I know you all will.

Suze said...

You quilters are super to be friends like this to a group member. I had to make a difficult decision and divorce my second husband. It was tough because we still loved each other - there were just issues that were affecting my health to the point I was starting to die. Anyhow, we had been divorced 7 months. Last July 30, I had my second MRI to determine that my breast cancer was not back and in my brain. The same day my daughter had a D&C to terminate an unsustainable pregnancy. Then the police chaplain knocked on the door to tell me my husband was found dead in his apartment. His family wanted nothing to do with him and they did only what they had to do. His car is still in my driveway because the heirs will not sign a document so our church can retitle it. Anyhow, my church community offered to do nothing for me. No food, one card from a community (class) of probably 200 people, no calls, no nothing except the one card. I joined a grief group at church and have had great support from people I had never met. I have just joined a widow's group and we are hoping to heal together. You are amazing to do this for your friend. It will mean lots to her. I'm trying to learn to extend grace and mercy to others as I have no idea of their burdens. I'm shy and I'm trying to make an effort to speak to people because people absolutely ignored me. I don't want others to have the same experience.

Granny Maud's Girl said...

It is beautiful. I've contributed to projects like those for ill friends, and they are always my favourites.

Lorna McMahon said...

A lovely quilt. Made with love. This quilt will be certain to show how much each of you care and help her to know she is not alone. It is a thing of beauty and a blessing.

Jodie Zollinger said...

Wow what a beautiful quilt! I am sure it will bring her a lot of comfort! Well done you guys!

Lynn Springer said...

This is what love looks like.

Helen said...

She will keep this quilt forever...along with her loving memories.

Carie said...

That's a truly special quilt - and really really beautiful too!

Georgia Girl Quilts said...

This quilt is beautiful- so bright and cheery! I'm sure it will help brighten dark days and bring a smile to your friend's face for years to come.

Cathy Lohwater said...

What a gorgeous quilt! It will give her comfort.
I would also like to know what pattern it is. It is lovely.

Nita said...

Being a part of an effort like this is as good for you as it is for her. :) such a bright and cheerful quilt - love it! And would it be rude of me to ask ask what the pattern is called? I love it...lit reminds me of a wheel or the circle of life.

Linda said...

This is truly a beautiful quilt, made with lots of love and care. Your friend will be so very blessed by it.

Quilter Kathy said...

A gorgeous quilt... a wonderful gift!

Crystal said...

It is beautiful and is indeed special. Having a few quilters in my life, I have seen much love and care go into making comfort quilts for people...it really can mean the world to another person. Nicely done and thanks for sharing.

Tawnie Duckett said...

So cheery and nice pattern!

Evyn Green said...

What a beautiful quilt made by someone with such a beautiful spirit (and all the others included of course!) I never get tired of your blog. You are simply amazing! I don't comment as much as I used to, but I never quit reading! Thanks for all your inspiration.

Irene spiezio said...

What a special quilt made by special ladies it's beautiful .

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country life said...

What a very beautiful and thoutful gift, I'm sure she loved it!

Sharon Brennan said...

So bright and beautiful. This wil be such an amazing gift for your friend. Bless her and all of the women who joined together to make this beautiful quilt.��

tahoe34 said...

Such a kind thing. Kindness inspires me and gives me hope. What pattern is this?

Laura said...

Such a sad reason for a quilt, but hopefully it will bring some cheer into her life. It's a beautiful quilt and full of such bright colors!

Alisha Hemmingson said...

I love quilters for just this reason. What a beautiful gesture, and an absolutely lovely quilt!

FlourishingPalms said...

This is simply gorgeous! Love it! And I think all of you are very special people for making it for Doris.