Welcome!

For more info about the threads of love project and details about how you can contribute link to my first post http://quilt4nie.blogspot.com/2008/09/welcome-welcome-what-please-donate-4.html

Many suggestions have been made to make quilts for the Chief, Stephanie, and Christian as well. I would be happy to sew more quilts with any extra fabric I receive. If you would like to contribute to their quilts I am also going to start a collection for each of them. Thank you for supporting the Nielsons through threads of love!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Patience

As Stephanie relishes in the cool crisp feeling of Utah fall air, the renewal of her energy excites us all! She is near her children, her parents, her siblings, her Mr. Nielson, her mountains all at the same time! Oh the patience required for endurance and how gracefully she has endured. I know we all need patience as we watch and wait for the progress of her recovery to continue but today isn't about patience but joy! She is home!



Thank you for your patience as I have failed to keep you updated on the progress of this project. I have been so excited about the quilts it has been hard for me to find time and energy to blog. I hope you like the quilts as much as I do...remember I am very much an amateur but I think the mismatched lines add character (at least that is what I am telling myself).

First, remember the cloud print from Laura Strickland found here http://quilt4nie.blogspot.com/2008/10/jumping-for-joy.html, so many of the fabrics came packaged with ties and ribbons I didn't realize the clouds were a bag, here is the contents:
Sorry Laura and Thank You!

...The organization...I started by including a square from each of you for each quilt, then I focused on each quilt individually laying the squares out very randomly...

...Claire's quilt prepared to sew...

...Claire's top done except the border...

...Claire's yellow border and flowered backing...

...Jane's top ready to sew...my sewing machine gets lots of interest and attention, after I had sewn all the squares into rows at 2:00 am, I realized a helpful hand had moved the needle, I've had to sew a second seam with an appropriate seam allowance so it has taken much longer but looks beautiful still...

...Jane's pink border and butterfly backing...

...Oliver's top prepared to sew...

...a special square in honor of Ollie's Halloween with his dad, my girl's have trick or treat bags out of the same print...

...Oliver's border and striped backing...

...Gigs quilt ready to sew...

...Gigs border (I think it looks like turtle shells) and striped backing...

...what do you think?

23 comments:

Laura said...

I think you've done a beautiful job! Thank you again for all the work and love you've put into this project!

Carolyn said...

Candice...They are BEAUTIFUL.

The thought of all of these strangers sending you little pieces of fabric, and then you turning them into such gorgeous pieces of art makes me wanna cry!

I just made a quilt for my daughter and I know how much work goes into them. You've done a great job!

Thanks again for doing this!

xo

sarah, rsm said...

They are simply Divine, in every sense of the word. You are doing a marvelous work that I am happy to have contributed to. Thank you, thank you, thank you ... And abundant Blessings to you and yours in this wonderful season of Thanks.

Melanie said...

Hia Candice, Thanks for popping in. Lovely to see you.

I think you have done a wonderful job of arranging the squares into balanced art, full of love. I think each of the children will look with wonder at each square in turn. As they get older their fav square will change but those quilts are going to be so loved by all the family. Can you just imagine the adventures those quilts will go on- being jumped on, sat on, on the grass while the children star gaze with their parents. You are creating usable heirlooms. You are an artist! Thank you so much for doing this.

Pink Lemonade Bags said...

Candice they look fabulous! You did a great job! It looks like you have included everyone's fabric, which is so meaningful!

Jill said...

Oh my! I am crazy about them. They are so bright and colorful. You have done such a wonderful job. I'm sure they will be so thrilled.

Doty Family said...

Oh Candice, they leave me speechless. I got teary looking at each one. So beautiful. And so much love in every square and every stitch!! You are amazing! They will love them! I hope that you might be able to take them to the kids personally when you make it back to Utah. THANK YOU, so much for your generous heart.

Amie said...

beautiful!! i love them all but jane's is my favorite. and so sweet to add a special halloween square for ollie! you are an amazing woman for doing this. one of my personal goals is to learn how to sew so i can make beautiful quilts like this one day :)

Amie said...

i've just been reading back on your old entries. i love how some of the squares have such sentimental value to them, a father's shirt, a special christmas stocking, etc. i was just wondering if you're planning on maybe writing a story for each quilt? to tell the children where the special pieces came from. i think that in the future they will really cherish knowning how much love really went into these. just an idea! lots of love xox

Nathan and Carrie Page said...

Not only are these quilts so great, but I can picture them being something that would belong at their house, draped along their beds, etc. Beautiful job. I too know how much work it takes to just piece them, thank you so much for giving so much. You're allowing all of us to participate and that is admirable. Thank you again for the pictures.

gail said...

beautiful. they will love them.

Colleen said...

WOW! How beautiful and how much thought shows went into constructing each one with love and attention to detail. What are we gonna do next. LOL Happy Thanksgiving to you all.

Sarah said...

Candice! They look awesome!

I love the borders and backings of each quilt...they *totally* fit the recipient! The quilts are beautiful, just so perfect. I'm so happy to have been just a small part of such an awesome thing. :-) Thanks so much!

The Geiser Family said...

I had no idea that you were doing this. It is amazing. I had heard about it earlier in the summer but never knew.... I have been reading all morning now. She is amazing and so inspiring. I want to help. How can I help you help her? Can I watch Brant or can I come over and do SOMETHING? I know how to sew a little...please?!

Stormy said...

Aww, they're darling, and loaded with so much luvins! Thanks again for letting us be part of such a loving, thoughtful gift. It's things like this, and people coming together that really restores my faith in the gentle nature of the human spirit.

Thank you again, you've done a wonderful thing.

Katie said...

Beautiful job!!! Wow, I got goose bumps just looking at them. Thank you again for this amazing idea.

Lynne said...

They all look fantastaic -- you've done a great job helping us all to feel involved when we wanted to do something, but didn't really know what that something should be...thank you, Thank you, THANK YOU!!

Lynne O.
Illinois

The Rudy Family said...

Candice,
They are fabulous you are so talented and patient and I could go on. Can't wait to see you guys this week!!

joyfulgirl said...

These look so beautiful!!! I am so excited to see the finished quilts and anxious for the family to hold them, drag them, love them! Thanks for the opportunity to be a part of this awesome project. You rock!!!

Xoxo
aubrei

Sarah said...

Here is my favorite poem that I always put on the back of my quilts. I want people to love the quilts I make, but I want them to use them too. I am sure these beautiful quilts will get much use and many adventures. Thanks for doing this and letting us all be a part. My daughter and I looked through all the blocks in the quilts until we saw our little square. It made us both smile to know that was our little square. Here is the poem:
IT'S YOUR QUILT

It's ok if you sit on your quilt,
It's ok if your bottle gets spilt,
If you swallow some air,
And you burp, don't despair
It's ok if you spit up on your quilt.

There are scraps old and new on your quilt
Put together for you on your quilt.
If your gums feel numb
"Cause you teeth haven't come,
It's ok if you chew on your quilt.

We expect you to lie on your quilt.
If you hurt, you may cry on your qult.
On a cold rainy night,
Don't fret: you're alright:
You'll be snug, warm and dry
On your quilt.

.... Nancy Riddell

glenda said...

Candice
They are precious! Thanks for your hard work girl, you're amazing!

Marg said...

Candice, the quilts look beautiful! I love looking at them and trying to find the red square from the woman who donated the pieces from her Christmas stocking, for some reason that donation touched my heart.
Thanks again for ALL of your hard work!
Margaret from Ambler PA

natalie said...

These look so great! Thanks for doing this.