I was approached last Tuesday by a neighbor who asked me to make a quilt for one of our neighbors. Nothing really out the ordinary, I make quilts for friends, families and also sell at craft shows so I thought oh just another order for a quilt.
Well, this one was different. It seems our neighbor Brenda was going to be admitted to the hospital that following morning (Wednesday) in order to donate some of her bone marrow--I had no idea, they are a rather private family, I probably would be do about this situation, but well to add to this, Brenda was donating to a stranger - I'm calling her Lucy.
Lucy had been battling with Leukemia for some time and apparently they had been searching for someone to donate for a really long time, all family members were tested and something always came up--but I don't know all the details as to how Brenda found out and got tested to be a donor, but long story short she was a perfect match.
Here's my simple version asked by the ladies for me to create---in addition to the quilt. :)
Sorry ahead of time if you can't read the small lettering. I worked on this on the computer and couldn't save it any other way.
caption: Meet Brenda-The Donor
Caption: Meet Lucy - The donor recepient
Caption: Brenda & Lucy head to the hospital together - Everything goes well.
Caption: The Neighborhood women came to me and asked me for something special.
Caption: So I worked hard and got to quilting.
Caption: Brenda received her quilt. Both she and Lucy are home and recuperating! What a wonderful neighborhood!
So earlier today, the quilt left my hands, but not before I got to snap a few photos for a little show and tell folks. I worked all Saturday night piecing the quilt. Quilted and stayed up late on Sunday, and added the binding and my label earlier this afternoon.
I was so touched and moved by the generosity of the women in my neighborhood for a fellow neighbor that it inspired me to also 'give'. While it isn't my bone marrow,....I enjoyed making the quilt that I've decided to make one and give it away to a fellow reader. More information on a later post. Look for it and don't forget to enter.