Friday, July 13, 2007
Friday Show and Tell

Kelli, at There is No Place Like Home, is the host of Friday Show and Tell.
She explains it this way:
"Welcome to Show and Tell Friday!
Do you have a something special to share with us? It could be a trinket from grade school, a piece of jewelry, an antique find. Your show and tell can be old or new. Use your imagination and dig through those old boxes in your closet if you have to! Feel free to share pictures and if there's a story behind your special something, that's even better!"

Poppy's Christmas Treasure

Last year I wanted to give Poppy--also known as Lee, my husband--something special for Christmas. I wanted him to have something he would like, that would have meaning, and would possibly be of some use. That's a tall order under normal circumstances. I have written about Lee's illness in earlier posts, so most of you know that we live a fairly quiet life at home these days. That lifestyle somewhat restricts the kinds of gifts that he might appreciate and be able to use.

Finally, after much searching and eliminating idea after idea, we hit upon a possibility that fulfilled all the criteria. The whole family could be a part of the gift. After taking with sons and dils we decided to make Poppy a quilt.

At one time I was a sewin' kind of person--at least a little bit. However, I haven't been into that in a long time and didn't feel like I wanted to attempt that as a project. Therefore, I went searching for another way to get this quilt put together. I thought I could probably find something on the web that would help. I would at least need some really good directions if I did end up doing the sewing.

Well! What I found was better than directions! I found a creative lady who takes you through the process of making your quilt step by step. She supplies muslin squares, pens, markers, and directions! After you finish the work on the muslin squares, you choose the color for the remainder of the quilt, mark a chart to show how you want the quilt to look, and ship the pieces back to her. Then--really pretty quickly--the finished quilt arrives in the mail at your house. It's like magic!

Anyway!
Here Lee's Christmas treasure.
He was so surprised!
The children even kept the secret!
Lee shows his quilt to almost everyone who comes to our house.
He says it is the best Christmas present he has ever been given.




The section below is from Kevin's family--
Kevin, Holly, Joshua, and Spoony.



The section shown below is from Greg's family--
Greg, Audre', Luke, and Ella.


The section shown below is in the middle of the quilt.
It has my square, the Poppy square, and
two pictures of all four grandchildren.


We used children's artwork, hand prints, pictures,
and bible verses
to tell Poppy how much we love him.
If you read my last post you know yesterday was Lee's birthday.
This post is the second part of my tribute to him.



BTW--If you are interested in making a similar quilt, there are lots of kits, etc. on the web.
You can G***gle "quilt kits." to find some. The one we used can be found here.
Of course, some of you crafty people can make your own.
But some of us need a little help! :-)

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32 Comments:
At July 13, 2007 at 12:50 AM, Blogger Tammy said...

What a perfect and so meaningful gift for him! And what a great idea that lady had for helping put together quilts!

I just read your post below, too, and so enjoyed all the photos...
A very happy birthday to your husband!

 
At July 13, 2007 at 12:58 AM, Blogger Pam said...

This is precious. I know he will treasure it forever! What a clever idea!

I featured a special quilt not long ago for one of my Friday's Show and Tells also. It's fun to share our special things isn't it?

 
At July 13, 2007 at 1:24 AM, Blogger Diane J. said...

What a neat idea! And practical too. It's art, memories and warms the heart and soul as well as the body. :-)

One of the ladies in our church took pictures of all the senior ladies and transferred them onto quilt squares, then made a quilt. She presented it to their class for Christmas a few years ago and it hangs in their classroom. Several of the ladies have since went on to Heaven and it's a sweet memorial to them.

Have a great Friday, Myrna and Lee! :-)

Love and hugs,

Diane

 
At July 13, 2007 at 6:54 AM, Blogger Jada said...

What a great gift! If I had any crafting ability, I might make one for my parents! My sister's MIL made one for her from her husband's clothing - jeans, favorite shirts, etc. - after he passed away in 2001. He was 31. I know it means a lot to her.

Thanks for sharing!

~Jada

 
At July 13, 2007 at 7:29 AM, Anonymous Tiany said...

That is a treasure indeed! Its beautiful!!!

 
At July 13, 2007 at 7:36 AM, Blogger Momma Roar said...

Beautiful!!! I hope your birthday man is having great week.

 
At July 13, 2007 at 7:41 AM, Blogger Lori B said...

Love that quilt. So pretty.

We did one similar to that for my grandparents too. One with each family. Each block was something that reminded you of grandma and grandpa. It could be a food picture, or a game that you played with them or.... My block was LOVE. A pretty design with flowers.

 
At July 13, 2007 at 7:54 AM, Blogger jar said...

What a great idea and something practical also. I'm sure that he treasures it.

 
At July 13, 2007 at 8:04 AM, Blogger Lady_MSnow said...

What a treasure...thank you for sharing :)

 
At July 13, 2007 at 8:19 AM, Blogger PEA said...

Omigosh, what a beautiful quilt made up with so much love...it's no wonder Poppy loves it:-) You couldn't have thought up of anything better to give him!! Happy Birthday to Poppy:-) xo

 
At July 13, 2007 at 8:40 AM, Blogger Lallee said...

What a beautiful idea. The memories from this gift must be special to each and every one who participated. I love this!

 
At July 13, 2007 at 8:45 AM, Blogger Penless Thoughts said...

Oh I can see why he loved that gift so much....pieces of his family!! You did a great job with the photos and showing each families. Great!
Susan

 
At July 13, 2007 at 8:51 AM, Blogger Mrs. U said...

This is beautiful!!! What a wonderful gift, indeed!!

Your husband is a blessed man to have such a thoughtful wife!

His,
Mrs. U

 
At July 13, 2007 at 9:57 AM, Anonymous Lana G! said...

What a wonderful treasure for him and a great way to honor him. Nicely done!

 
At July 13, 2007 at 10:10 AM, Blogger Betty said...

Myrna,
What a wonderful gift.....so much sentiment in each square...Lee is completely surrounded in love..

Thanks for visiting with me...Betty

 
At July 13, 2007 at 10:34 AM, Anonymous ellen b said...

What a thoughtful gift. Blessings...

 
At July 13, 2007 at 11:02 AM, Anonymous Barbara H. said...

What a neat and special gift! Something to treasure always!

 
At July 13, 2007 at 11:14 AM, Blogger Morning Glory said...

That was an excellent idea and what a wonderful quilt to use!!

 
At July 13, 2007 at 11:40 AM, Blogger Frazzled Farm Wife said...

What a great gift...I love the idea!

 
At July 13, 2007 at 12:21 PM, Blogger Kelley said...

What a wonderful quilt and so precious!

 
At July 13, 2007 at 12:51 PM, Blogger Teeny Tiny cabin said...

I have never seen such a precious and thoughtful, keepsake, gift! You and your family could not have come up with anything better!
It's truly beautiful and so very special! Thank you for sharing and have a wonderful day!
Blessings to you! Claudia O.

 
At July 13, 2007 at 1:32 PM, Blogger Autumn said...

What a special treasure! I love it.

 
At July 13, 2007 at 4:29 PM, Blogger jennifer said...

This is such a wonderful idea. I love this and it shows how very much you love your husband.
mcbenningschool.blogspot.com

 
At July 13, 2007 at 8:53 PM, Blogger Kelli said...

Oh Myrna, what a wonderful and perfect gift! I just love all the handprints and messages of love!! Such a beautiful quilt!!
Kelli

 
At July 13, 2007 at 10:35 PM, Blogger Miss Eagle said...

What a brilliant idea - and you only had to do the fun bits! Happy birthday, Lee, all the way from Oz. Thank you Myrna for dropping by my blog at The Trad Pad. You are welcome any time.

Blessings and bliss

 
At July 13, 2007 at 10:57 PM, Blogger Yellow Rose Arbor said...

What a wonderful gift! Great idea! Thanks for sharing!

Katherine

 
At July 14, 2007 at 7:06 AM, Blogger The Woman said...

It's beautiful, Myrna! Both in thought and in reality. :o)

 
At July 14, 2007 at 8:11 AM, Blogger Kim said...

How awesome is that! I wish I were more creative. Thanks for sharing.

 
At July 14, 2007 at 1:10 PM, Anonymous Training Hearts said...

Priceless Show & Tell!

Have a wonderful weekend :)

 
At July 14, 2007 at 7:34 PM, Blogger Ruth said...

That quilt is just awesome! You've created a keepsake for generations to come!!

 
At July 15, 2007 at 6:19 AM, Blogger Gina E. said...

What a fabulous gift! Everytime he curls up in it, he is surrounding himself with all the love that went into making it.

 
At July 15, 2007 at 8:54 PM, Anonymous cassie said...

What a thoughtful gift! And it can be passed from generation to generation, so it is even more special...Wishing your hubby a wonderful year!

 

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