"Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. " -Helen Keller

Thursday, January 14, 2010

A Labor of Love...

Right before the end of 2009, I finished up a massive craft project. I know most of my regular readers remember me talking about my friend Velda being diagnosed with cancer. Well, Velda is the wonderful woman who built the group of cross stitchers I have been a part of for 10 years now. These ladies are from all over the world and, yet, it feels like we are friends who live just around the corner from each other. We have celebrated so many things with each other. More importantly, these women have also banded together to support each other through births, deaths, pregnancy losses, and illnesses. Many times, we have combined our love of stitching with the need to provide tangible evidence of our love and support and many beautiful cross stitch quilts have been produced and mailed to all corners of the world. When we heard about Velda's diagnosis, we knew what had to be done. I had the privilege and honor of being the person who got to put together Velda's quilt. In less than two months time, 37 cross stitch squares from all over the world (38 counting mine) and various kinds of purple fabric converged on my house. Many people generously donated funds to help with the costs of fabric and shipping (holy hell is International Express Mail expensive) and Velda recieved her quilt on Monday the 11th.

Please take a moment to click on each of these pics and see a close up of the exquisite stitching work all these ladies did






I am honored to have been a part of a project that carries so much love and so many prayers and positive thoughts in it.

17 comments:

Suzy said...

that is AMAZING!

Bionic Baby Mama said...

WOW. what an amazing gift you all made. i especially love the flamingo -- what sass!

Carolyn said...

Kristin,
It was an honor to stitch a square on this quilt. I would gladly do another and another and another and on and on!

Lollipop Goldstein said...

It is gorgeous. You did such a wonderful job.

Kristina said...

it was great to take part

Little Miss Flossy said...

Oh my it looks FABULOUS!!!! You've done a wonderful job of sewing all the squares together, I loved being able to contribute.

Heather said...

This was the most special quilt of this kind I've done so far. I'm very honored to have participated in it! There's a ton of love in that quilt!

Idgie said...

What a beautiful quilt! It brings tears to my eyes and warms my heart to see such an outpouring of love. (((HUGS)))

Sheliza said...

Kristin, it came out absolutely beautiful! I know this will be a keepsake to pass on to generations to come!

battynurse said...

Wow. That is gorgeous. What a fabulous gift. You all did an amazing job.

Quiet Dreams said...

What an amazing, beautiful gift. How wonderful it must be to be a part of it.

Jenn said...

That is beautiful and so meaningful!

NHStitcher said...

That is absolutely BEAUTIFUL and so meaningful.
I feel bad that I didn't stitch something and I've seen so many patterns since then.'

THANK YOU!

margaret said...

oh YAY, it's gotten there !!

Deb said...

That is a beautiful quilt. You are all very talented.

Tanyetta said...

WOW!!!!!! Very very creative~

Pundelina said...

What a lovely thing to make for your friend - all stitched with love.

:o)