Monday, 2 January 2012

Quilts of love

Important update - after being the victim of a nasty email hacking attack, if you want to contact Agnes about memory quilt squares, use DACHSIESWITHMOXIEMAMA at GMAIL dot COM

We have NOTHING but admiration for people who can make beautiful arts and crafts with their own hands.

It's such a gift of real love to make something for someone - because there's always something of yourself in there too.

That's why I was so touched to hear that Agnes from Dachsies with Moxie is putting together a very special memorial quilt for Sandra who lost five of her Houston Pittie Pack in a fire that also destroyed her home just before Christmas.

The aim is to have the quilt finished for Valentine's Day which means that lots more pieces of fabric, six inches square, are still needed. Even if you are in the UK you should still have time to get a piece over if you move quickly. Just email her if you have any questions or to get her address. She needs the fabric squares by January 16.

Ideally it would be good if you could send some material that has some meaning for you, which you could explain in a covering letter that will be passed on to Sandra.

Although the Lady Of The House is a bit rubbish at sewing, I said I'd be happy for a piece of my first blue blanket to go across to America for the quilt. This was a blanket that was waiting for me when I arrived here in August 2010 and I've always loved it. Here I am enjoying a snack on my blanket.

Here is the square that the LOTH made and which we posted the day before Christmas Eve. We hope it arrives safely. It took the LOTH a long time to remember how to do chain stitch - but she dredged the knowledge up from somewhere in her very old brain after several false starts.

Anyway, if you can send a fabric square (or two, or more) to Agnes PLEASE do. I'm sure the finished quilt will mean so much to Sandra and her family.

By coincidence, while we were thinking of the Pittie Pack and Agnes's lovely quilt plan... someone else was thinking of us.

On New Year's Eve it was a special birthday for the LOTH (it ended in an "oh!" whatever that means), and her friend Carol had been busy in recent weeks making this quilt and a quilted bag specially for the LOTH as a super surprise present. You can just see the special message panel she stitched in to the underside of the pink quilt.

Carol has a birthday ending in an "oh!" too - tomorrow (Jan 3) so we would like to say a very special HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Carol.

Carol and the LOTH are having a joint celebration girl's night out with lots of their friends from the Little Theatre Company on Friday at a Greek restaurant in town. They are calling it the Oh-Oh! Birthday Party.

It sounds like trouble to me........


House of Carnivores said...

That's a very kind thing to do. I'm sure that it will be really appreciated...

Frankie Furter said...

OMD Winnie... Your Gotcha Day Blankie? OH MY.. THAT is going to be so very much meaningful to Miss Sandra. I think your mom's stitching is just Brilliant!!! SIGH

Angela J. said...

That is so thoughtful of you to send a piece of your blanket. I hadn't heard of this quilt for the pittie pack until now! Also the quilt LOTH got for her big ?0 is beautiful. I love handmade quilts, but Miss Maddy here loves them a **little** too much, if you know what I mean, LOL.

rottrover said...

Winnie, you are SO thoughtful!! Your square is beautiful! Hey, so happy "O" birthday to the LOTH!!

Bart and Ruby

Mr. Pip said...

Oh Winnie, that's a very lovely square for the quilt. And look at the LOTH's lovely new pink quilt. My mom doesn't sew either, but we will be sending in a square this week.

Your pal, Pip

Bailey Be Good! said...

What a great piece for the memory quilt! I keep telling my mommy to get on it and whip up one for Nala and me, but I'm not sure if she will make it in time. Grrr

Hope you have a wonderful New Year! :)

Woofs & hugs, <3

~Bailey (Yep, I'm a girl!)

Two French Bulldogs said...

so purrty
Happee New Year!
Benny & Lily

What Remains Now said...

Winnie...Your block is lovely, and what a nice birthday gift for the LOTH!

Amber DaWeenie said...

Your square is so purrty, Winnie. My Momma wishes her could quilt (or even sew so her could finish making my dwess), but her can crochet good so dat makes up for it.

Hap-pee Birthday to your Mom's furend too!

houndstooth said...

What an absolutely lovely gift your mom got! My mom has a quilt that was made from a quilt top her grandma made. Somebody put a back on it for her and there's a square that tells about the quilt on it. It's Mom's favorite quilt, although we have some beautiful ones here. They sure are special!

Your quilt square is gorgeous! We are trying to get up the nerve to take the scissors to an old pair of Lilac's jammies. I think we'll have Dad do it. He doesn't get sentimental and can cut it in two seconds. We want to put our names on it, too!


scotsmad said...

Happy birthday to the double ohs.

Your quilt square looks great, winnie.

XXXOOO Daisy, Bella &Roxy

Sue said...

Happy Birthday to your mum and her friend.

Fabby quilt and bag.

Alvina said...

I don't have a grey hound, but my dog goes everywhere with me! You can see her on my blog. I will forward your blog to my friends who have a rescue greyhound.

Agnes B Bullock said...

Thank you Winnie! The quilt block will be perfect!

Winnie said...

Thank you Alvina, Agnes and everyone who has commented.


Brenda said...

What a kind gesture for Agnes to do, and your square is wonderful!

Lydia @ See Beautiful said...

What a kind and thoughtful thing to do to try to bring a sense of peace during such a devastating time.

Sue aka Greyhound Lover said...

What a lovely kind thing to do! Happy Birthday LOTH.
Shall ask my Mum to do a little square.

Agnes B Bullock said...

Winnie, your beautiful block arrived today!

Winnie said...

Thank you SO much Agnes for letting me know! Good to know it got there quite quickly despite Christmas and New Year - so I am sure there IS still time for UK bloggers to send squares in BEFORE Jan 16.

Anonymous said...

Oh! ;) I so hope you all had a super fun celebratory evening out! :D

Winnie your square for the quilt is magnificent! Mom struggles so with the simplest of stitches. She doesn't even know what a 'chain stitch' is. BOL!

What a beautiful quilt and bag your friend made for you. Pretty nifty putting that secret 'Winnie' message in there :)

Waggin at ya,

Peggy Frezon said...

That's an absolutely beautiful quilt block. I'm impressed! Kelly sent a few over too, but we have to admit that her gramma helped with the sewing. Happy happy happy birthday!!

Pup Fan said...

Very lovely quilt block.

FiveSibesMom said...

Sending Carol Happy Birthday wishes!

What a lovely block of quilt! How sweet of you to send over a part of your special blanket. I know that will mean a lot.

We would love to participate, but not sure it will make it there in time. We are with everyone in thought though!

Bobby said...

How kind you are and the chain stitch is good, we can read your name. We like your mums quilt too, Happy Birthday to your mum.
Licks Bobby