Friday, January 17, 2014

The Thread That Binds

Comfort Given ~ Comfort Received

On Friday, May 4th, 2012 I posted
... and One Prayer ... at a time
:-) Pat"

If you have been a long time reader of my blog or if you look back at my archives,
you will see there is a long pause between September 2011 and May 2012 where I had very few words to say ... and was doing no sewing.

There were a lot of reasons for this and many of them are not my story to tell.
Also during this time, my always problematic vision declined very rapidly.
I was caught in a time where I could not find my happy place.
My happy place is with the pretty fabric flowing through my fingers
and I could not, or would not, let the healing stitches do their work.

What changed is that someone needed one of these blocks ...

HERE is the pattern we use for these quilts

This block is peach and white as it is for a brave and wonderful lady 
who is battling uterine cancer. 
May she soon be hugged and comforted by her quilt.
May she feel the love and healing prayers we send as we stitch.

The block I made in May 2012 when I brushed the dust off my sewing machine was 
for a dear friend, Gerda, who now smiles on our quilty endeavors 
from the other side of the bridge. 
Quilters leave a legacy stitched of love.

 Since then I have made many of these blocks and sent them off to let those who need a quilty hug know how much they are loved.

The blocks in the quilt I received are to comfort me as I go about my daily tasks while I undergo the multiple surgeries and recoveries needed to prolong my vision.

This is the beautiful Bright Hopes Quilt that my dear quilting friends made for me ... 

What even some of my closest friends did not know at the time, 
because I only shared this privately,
is that last fall I also had surgery for uterine cancer. 
I was very fortunate and I am blessed.
The last biopsy told me I am cancer-free. 

Thanks to those who sew and pray.

I will be in my happy place today ...

... just keep sewing ... 



  1. And may you stay cancer free, my dear sweet Friend. And let that quilt always give you the comfort you need.

  2. Such a wonderful gesture of love and caring from your quilty friends!

    Wonderful to hear that you are cancer free - definitely something to celebrate. Hopefully you will be able to celebrate good news about your sight as well!

  3. So very sweet! Quilters are some of the best people on earth! May God bless you with good health... you are already blessed with good friends!

  4. Congratulations!It is so comforting to know quilters care, when they do such sweet things. Keep up the good work!

  5. Thank you for sharing your story, we don't always remember how important our friends are in our lives, both their words and yours are warm and wonderful, as is your quilt.

  6. Thanks for sharing and I will be keeping you in my prayers that your eye surgeries will be successful as well.

  7. We all need breaks, we all need time, we all need prayers. What a blessing your story is and a beautiful reminder that on those days that we really don't feel like it there is someone who can't. Thank you for sharing. You have become an inspiration to me. By the way, I chose inspire to be my word for this coming year. Love'n'hugs.

  8. I truly believe that making things for others, has the ability to heal us as well. I know that many have been comforted through the years by your generosity. I hope the generosity of others brought comfort to you last year. Sending prayers for a bright and healthy 2014.

  9. I am so happy for you Pat you sure have had your share but God never gives us more then we can handle. Ihad Breast cancer and a double mastectomy in 2006 and have been cancer free for 8 years. praying for a healthy ,happy New Year.. Blessings Sandra


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