Thursday, April 7, 2011

Finally I finished it!!!

Recently, I finished hand-stitching the binding on the quilt that I have been making for my dad...and the strangest thing happened...when I was putting it in the washing machine to give it a quick wash before taking it to him...in that very moment...it was like I had been RIGHT THERE before...I mean I had already done that very thing...EXACTLY that very thing...to every thing that was happening around me...the way the box of fabric softener was sitting on top of the washing machine...to the white laundry basket to the right of me sitting on the floor full of folded towels...the large tub full of dirty clothes behind me...it was the strangest feeling and as I pulled the quilt out of the washing machine and placed it in the dryer...this of feeling "peace" filled my heart. When I decided to make this quilt I knew what material I wanted to use and went on a search to find it...of course only 2 local stores were carrying the SUNKISSED Collection by SWEETWATER however, they both only had pieces of the grey portions of the collections. I ended up driving to Spokane to get the other pieces I needed. I decided on a pattern and got to work...it never fails that there will be some sort of issue and a change must be made...right in the middle of sewing I needed to come up with another grey piece and had to decide on something outside of the collection which I hated to do...but I managed to find a piece that I loved. I wanted to do something special on this quilt and I had a quote from a song quilted right on top... "...when I bow my head tonight there'll be no more me, myself and I, just watch my wife and kids please Lord, that's all I ask for anymore... " ...here's the whole song if you want to listen to it :) ...here's my Dad's new quilt... ...this past year I have wanted to do so much...but in this sort of situation there's really not much you can do...I have wanted to just take that nasty tumor and get rid of it...but all I've been able to do is make him meals...bring him his favorite food when he's feeling hungry enough to eat...make him yummy desserts and treats...bring him snacks and LOTS of them! Drop off movies for him to watch here and there...sit with him and watch golf or the occasional Western...take him to appointments...sit with him during treatments...take LOTS of pictures of things so he can see what's going on...drive him from here to there...go on walks with him...you name it I will do...since he got sick he's always so cold so I wanted to make him this quilt to help keep him warm when he's watching Golf while he's sitting in his chair or just listening to his music...I will be forever grateful to {S} for pushing my quilt to the top of the list to be quilted which meant we didn't have to wait 2-3 months for it to be completed. ...tomorrow we will find out the results of my Dad's latest MRI...he started his Avastin treatments in February...we will find out if they have helped with his aggressive tumor...as the previous MRI showed the the tumor was back and growing much more rapidly than the doctors had hoped...the Avastin was really our last path of treatment. So many prayers have been said and we want nothing more than for God to hear them and answer them all...my Dad continues to put up a great fight...saying he feels like he has at least 10 years of life left! We have BIG plans in July and I know that with his will and Gods work we will see them all come true...thank you EVERYONE for all your thoughts and prayers and please don't stop now...we need them now more than ever!

11 comments:

Julie Campbell said...

This is so beautiful - on so many levels! What a treasured gift!

LisaDay said...

You have an amazing heart. Beautiful story and beautiful quilt!

ashjoy said...

This is gorgeous!I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.

Norma Kennedy said...

Amazing Quilt.... Amazing Love... U are in my prayers !!!! xoxo

Sherry C said...

What a beautiful gift! Keeping you all in my thoughts & prayers.

Kristi Michelle said...

you are a good woman- and your gift is beyond beautiful!

Beth said...

It is beautiful - I knkow he will love it and it will mean even more because it was made by YOU! Take care and we will keep praying:)

Sheri Twing said...

Renee that is absolutely beautiful! That will be a treasure to him.

Margee' said...

The quilt turned out great!

It's been a long hard 13 months, but getting the good news this week was the greatest gift we could have gotten.
Hugs!

Lisa F said...

It turned out SO good! It is beautiful and will be treasured! As always, you and your family are in my prayers!

dstandard said...

Gorgeous and hoping you have good news! Love this!