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Alma's quilt
Alma's quilt

Michelewin has had a number of hard shocks, one after another, in recent years.  She lost her job, cared for her mother in her last illness, handled her mother's estate, and now has had to bury her brother under the most horrible circumstances.  She's handling his final affairs, too.  She's taken care of everything with no help or acknowledgement.  It's no wonder that michelewin is exhausted in body and mind and hurting in her heart.  She could really use a hug -- and we're going to give her a quilty one!

Alma's quilt, showing backing
Alma's quilt, showing the backing

A community quilt contains loving and supportive messages from you, transcribed by me in archival ink on muslin.  My sister and I sew your loving words into a colorful quilt.  This one is going to be a big support to michelewin.  She'll be able to cuddle into it anytime she needs to.  The love will never wash out.

AntKat's quilt
AntKat's quilt, may she rest in peace

It takes time and material to make a community quilt -- and it is our small living.  If you would like to donate toward the costs, here is a PayPal link - or message me for an address if you prefer a check.  $10/message is suggested -- but some give more so that those who cannot afford to donate may feel comfortable about leaving messages.  Any help is appreciated!

earicicle's quilt, detail
Detail of earicicle's quilt

These people have already left messages for michelewin -- check here if you don't remember whether you have or not:

1.    Ojibwa
2.    Louisiana1976
3.    Nannyboz and Persiflage  
4.    Sara R
5.    broths
6.    kishik
7.    SoCaliana
8.    Swampyankee
9.    mommyof3
10.    weck
11.    nannyboz
12.    leu2500
13.    Jolux
14.    Ramara
15.    vgranucci
16.    Noor B
17.    Alma
18.    Diane in NoVa
19.    smiley7
20.    BeadLady
21.    cfk in the Thumb of Michigan
22.    Joy of Fishes
23.    Agrenadier
24.    Otteray Scribe
25.    BlackSheep1
26.    NonnyO
27.    Ooooh
28.    Bill in Portland Maine and Common Sense Mainer

earicicle's quilt
earicicle's quilt

Need inspiration?  Here are a few of the messages gathered so far:

May the peace of healing be yours.  Ooooh

From horizons bound by sorrow, peace calls you forward.
Follow the call.
From memories grown hollow, love draws you outward.
Let the love lead you.
From rage toward tomorrow, may God speed your steps.  BlackSheep1

Hoping our quilt brings smiles.
May you rest and restore energy
May bad memories be replaced by loving words
May good memories revive.  
Best wishes! cfk in the Thumb of Michigan

Our lives are like this quilt,
Bits and pieces of joy and sorrow,
But always stitched with love.
May you find comfort, strength and warmth when enfolded in your quilt.  BeadLady

michelewin: You are amazing and strong... and loved! <3 mommyof3

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Boots likes Raina's quilt

These are community quilts my sister and I have made to date:

othniel (cellulitis and ensuing complications, RIP)
exmearden (cancer of heart and lung, RIP)
MsSpentyouth (brain tumor)
Moe99 (lung cancer, RIP)
Michelle Caudle (ovarian cancer, RIP)
BFSkinner (lupus)
Kitsap River (long wait for kidney donor that ended 2/18/11)
Frederick Clarkson (blood clots)
Dreaming of Better Days (lymphoma)
one bite at a time (lost house and belongings to fire)
Timroff (cellulitis)
Sol Fed Joe (multiple cancers and health problems)
Brubs (AIDS, immune reconstitution syndrome)
rserven (gall bladder infection with dangerous complications)
grndrush (brain tumor, RIP)
ImpeachKingBushII (needs liver transplant)
andsarahtoo (lupus)
Frank Cocozzelli (muscular dystrophy)
luvsathoroughbred (breast cancer)
Predictor (stroke and HIV)
Austex54 (caretaker to othniel)
Theodore Olbermann, RIP
cskendrick (antibiotic resistant infection)
Keith Olbermann (caregiver to father)
Juan (cancer)
Ana (a young horse belonging to Juan, hit by truck)
MA Liberal’s mother (Alzheimer’s)
Charles CurtisStanley (caretaker to Kitsap River)
Lorikeet (cervical cancer)
Dr. Lori (metastatic cancer)
ulookarmless (cancer, heart condition, stroke, RIP)
riverlover (caregiver to husband suffering from liver failure, now widowed)
Melody Townsel (caregiver to dying father, now deceased)
dadanation (AIDS)
Dr. William F. Harrison (leukemia, RIP)
Larry Bailey (sudden loss of partner to heart attack)
ramara (adopted son with fetal alcohol syndrome)
Noor B (herniated disk from car accident)
Louisiana 1976 (fibromyalgia, severe arthritis, depression)
stumpy (MS, stroke, RIP)
bleeding heart's niece (cancer, RIP)
escapee (failure of corneal surgery)
SarahLee (lymphoma, Lyme Disease)
Bustergirl (ovarian cancer)
mimi's niece (cancer)
ZenTrainer (breast cancer)
Miss Blue (severe injury to shoulder, anxiety over coverage for surgery)
Granny Doc (bladder cancer, RIP)
mango (heart attack)
nudger (ovarian cancer, RIP)
DaNang65 (heart condition)
Lt. Choi (exhaustion)
Nurse Kelley (spinal stenosis)
Ben Masel (lung cancer, RIP)
Otterary Scribe (caregiver, grieving grandfather, grieving widower)
Aji (autoimmune diseases incl. fibromyalgia, inflammatory arthritis, & Chronic Epstein-Barr Virus Syndrome)
JaxDem (suddenly widowed)
DavidW (AIDS and other undiagnosed illness)
Jester the Marine (facing amputation of leg)
peregrine kate (endometrial cancer)
mimi (grief due to family illnesses)
alliedoc (endometrial cancer, RIP)
labwitchy (diffuse scleroderma)
Daily Kos (celebrating community)
belinda ridgewood (sudden loss of her mother)
princesspat (blood clots, deep vein thrombosis)
Scott Olsen (severe head injury)
SensibleShoes (caring for sister with brain cancer)
Joanna (cancer)
cany (grieving caretaker of mother with dementia)
Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse (breast cancer)
Scottie Thomaston (intense chronic pain from spine, kidney stones)
paradise50 (throat cancer)
woodtick (caregiver to mother with Alzheimer's)
BeninSC (mulitple fractures from bicycle accident)
Adrian (colon cancer)
Smoh (breast cancer, stroke, depression)
slksfca (sudden onset of arthritis requiring hip replacement)
arizonablue (grief and exhaustion)
Lorikeet (grieving widow - this quilt was a gift from the Rescue Rangers)
remembrance (breast cancer) and Glen the Plumber (her caregiver)
MassHarry (colon cancer)
Regina in a Sears Kit House (severe immune problems from Lyme Disease)
nannyboz (grief for father, crippling back pain requiring surgery)
raina (grief)
earicicle (breast cancer)
AntKat (cancers of the throat, RIP)
Alma (breast cancer)

See also these two thank you posts from multiple quilt recipients:

KosAbility: A Virtual Quilt for Sara and Ann, from Community Quilt recipients

We Have Something to Say to YOU, Sara R and winglion!

nannyboz' quilt
nannyboz' quilt

Llbear's quilt is on the design wall.  We are still gathering messages for DarkHawk98.

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WaterCarrier4Diogenes holds Regina in a Sears Kit House's quilt

These quilts are planned:

Carol in San Antonio (cancer)
UnaSpensor (Lyme disease)
MA Liberal (caretaker to her mother who has dementia)
paradox (cyclical vomiting syndrome, PTSD, depression)
Ellinorianne (rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia)
MsGrin (life long heart problems requiring multiple surgeries)
LorelieHI (PTSD, reversals of fortune, depression)

Goldie likes Smoh's quilt
Goldie inspects Smoh's quilt -- four paws up!

PAYPAL LINK FOR MICHELEWIN'S QUILT - THANK YOU!

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Boots says, "Thank you for supporting community quilts!"

Originally posted to Sara R on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 05:57 PM PST.

Also republished by Community Quilt Project, DKOMA, Street Prophets , PWB Peeps, Positive Intention and Lovingkindness, and Pink Clubhouse.

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