Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The Quilt

Some of you may or may not know that I am a big fan of All Recipes. Before I discovered Facebook and before my blog I was a part of "The Exchange" (now called Recipe Buzz). Many of us foodies and like minded individuals congregated there to exchange ideas, hopes and dreams. It was there that the idea for The Quilt was born. Those of us that wanted to participate would piece together a block that represented us. These blocks would then be made into a beautiful tapestry from the world over.

Admittedly, as with all good intentions, sometimes things go awry. An original drawing was held. Allegations of impropriety ensued, followed by wounded feelings and bruised egos. The only solution that all could agree upon was to send the quilt, which represented the beauty of friendship and community, to All Recipes headquarters in Seattle, WA. It was there, a year later, that a new drawing was held. The winner of this work of art? The 5th Sister!

I found out this news while sitting in my husband's hospital room last week. It was like a ray of sunshine, from the heavens, in the middle of the tempest that was our week. I believe I cried when I realized the full impact of what just happened. The love and care that went into every single stitch of this work of art was heading my way when I needed it most. I wanted to shout the news out to the world but could not until it was made "official" by All Recipes.


The quilt arrived by Fed Ex yesterday afternoon. It was packed with care and attention to detail. When I opened the box and pulled out the quilt I was awestruck. Photos do not do it justice. I poured over every single square remembering each person and the joys and heartaches we shared in our little community. I am humbled by the sheer magnitude of this gift of love.


I promised I would share photos so that those who participated would be able to see their blocks in this beautiful mosaic of friendship. My plan is to proudly display this quilt in my home. Please enjoy the photos.
















(There's my block!)

I would like to give a shout out to Annie (aka "Kitten") who put together this labor of love. She did a fantastic job and I will be forever in debt of gratitude for the generosity of her time and spirit that went into this undertaking. This quilt will be a treasured heirloom now and always.

20 comments:

Purple Flowers said...

I am so happy for you! God was looking out for you in time of need for TLC, and responded. Even though material items dont matter in the real realm of life, this quilt is full of love, friendship and emotion. Wrap yourself in its love. Congratulations!

TWOnline said...

Thank you for posting these pictures and sharing your happiness.

Jackie said...

I've never seen a quilt like this before , the pictures are fantastic. It is beautiful! How lucky you are . I love it and thanks for sharing your gift with us .

Cheryl said...

THIS is by far the most precious post I've ever read. I enlarged every photo to see the detail in each square.

You are truly blessed to have been part of this project. To own the finished product: priceless.

Y'know I don't believe in coincidences. This just reinforces that belief.

wexfordcindy said...

So glad you got the quilt, Polly! I can't think of a person who deserves it more and how about God's timing on that! It was just meant to be! Enjoy! It was such a fun project! Sending hugs from Kentucky!
Love, Cindy Lepp

PJ said...

Oh Polly, it really is so beautiful!! I'm so happy for you. Thank you so much for blogging about it and sharing the photos. It was awesome this morning to be able to pour over the pictures, to see my square and "recognize" many of the squares of my AR friends. I'm so glad it's finally getting to serve it's intended purpose - to bring a little joy into the life of one our own.

banshezmom said...

Congrats Polly! I saw the other day that you were to receive the quilt and hoped you'd post pics. It is truly beautiful - just like you and your family.
Thank you for sharing!!

banshezmom said...

Congrats Polly! I saw the other day that you were to receive the quilt and hoped you'd post pics. It is truly beautiful - just like you and your family.
Thank you for sharing!!

Brian Miller said...

wow. that is a beautiful quilt...love the different squares and all the color...so cool.

Steven Anthony said...

what a beautiful quilt for a beautiful soul....congrats my friend ;)

Christine said...

WOW- I have chills. ABSOLUTELY beautiful and something you will treasure for ever.

I'm a full-time mummy said...

Oh wow! That was truly awesome and wonderful! Congrats to all of you!

BigShotsMom said...

I am so happy the quilt brought some joy to you, that was what it was intended to do. Thank you so much for posting such great pictures, they are the best I have seen. Enjoy the quilt.

I hope all works out well for you and your family.

Raoulysgirl said...

Mysterious ways? Indeed!!!

I am so happy that this wonderful showing of friendship was bestowed upon someone truly deserving!!!

Jenny said...

Polly, you wrap that quilt around you and draw strength and love from it!

I think your winning this was not an accident. I think it was meant to be.

Be strong, lovely lady.

tahoegirl said...

So glad you were awarded with the quilt. Thanks for posting the pictures.

J. Kwiatkowski said...

That's awesome! I love your square, and the octopus square best, so far.

Betty Manousos @ CUT AND DRY said...

So glad you were awarded..the quilt is awesome, Polly, great pictures, too!

B xx

Nessa said...

Beautiful quilt and i am so glad you won it so you could have a bit of joy at this time.

Anonymous said...

How wonderful! I am so happy that you got the quilt! I know you will take great care of it!!! Yeah!!!!
Pixie2

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