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Thursday, September 20, 2007

Drew's Quilt



Let me tell you a little about Drew.....well-liked, kind, brother, son, college student, teacher of indigent children in Turkey, teacher and worker in a small mission in Mexico, environmentalist, full of life and energy. He died at age 21, and over 1000 neighbors and friends came to the celebration of his life. Drew was the son of a gal who became a good friend when our son needed a career counselor. Drew was a college student and gave up his summers to work with children in poor areas and then, gave up his car for a bike because he felt his car wasn't environmentally sound. Unfortunately, he was killed while riding his bike.

After Drew's death, I told Amy I'd like to make her a quilt from Drew's shirts that she and her husband could use as a hug when they needed it. It took her nearly two years to be able to get the shirts together for the quilt - it has been a very rough time for them - and once I got them, I knew I had to do it right away. It was an emotionally hard one to make and truly a labor of love for a friend. It will be a Christmas gift for her husband.

I put the top together during my recent retreat and it didn't go quite as my graphed design indicated, but it is done and will be sent to the quilter this week. I hope it will provide a tiny bit of comfort to them.

10 comments:

Lindah said...

HOw sad, but such a thoughtful thing to do. I'm sure that quilt will be a treasure to them.

teodo said...

Ciao I'm sure that Amy and her husband will be very emotioned when will receive this beautiful quilt that
you have done with love.
ciao ciao

Kathy Wagner said...

It is a wonderful quilt Judy...and a very generous and loving thing for you to do. May they find some healing in your gift.

Sweet P said...

That is a beautiful quilt. I'm positive the parents will find a whole lot of comfort with it.

Nicole and Phil said...

What a lovely gift for Amy, I hope it gives her comfort!

Judy said...

The quilt is beautiful and will be cherished forever! What a great gift you've made for your friend.

swooze said...

What a sad loss for the world...what a kind gesture by you.

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

This will mean more to them than anyone could possibly understand... and you're right, something that they can hug and wrap themselves in will be very therapeutic. What a lovely, generous act for your friend.

Libby said...

A true labor of love. Hopefully the love stitched in will help bring relief to the grieving parents - a quilt filled with hugs from their son and the maker, too.

Greenmare said...

what a wonderful way to use your gifts. I have a saying over my sewing machine "Work while you have the light, you responsible for the gifts that have been entrusted to you" It sounds as though your friends son used his gifts, and you are using yours. Wonderful~ warm hugs