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Topic: Quilted Cushion Cover for my Mom (with a back-story)  (Read 3751 times)
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« on: August 23, 2007 09:07:33 PM »

sorry if this turns into a bit of a tear-jerker

My mom survived breast cancer 13 years ago, having undergone surgery, chemo and radiaton but this past winter the cancer cells reappeared in her lungs and it is inoperable.  She starts chemo on Monday, Aug. 27.  When she went through chemo the last time my Dad drove her to each appointment (2 hours each way), took care of her when she was sick, supported her emotionally and generally was her rock.  We lost my Dad 4 years ago (told you, bit of a tear jerker.  sorry) and my Mom is facing this new trial on her own.  My siblings and I, and my aunts and assorted extended family are doing what we can, but it's not the same. 

I had wanted to make her something with some of my Dad's clothing for a while, but couldn't think of what to make.  Mom has been having a lot of trouble breathing and has been using a cushion to prop herself up to help ease some of the pain.  When I saw this, I had the idea to make her a cushion cover. 

The buttons on the back (actually the front of the shirt) are functional, and I left the pockets on.

I really love how it turned out.  If it wasn't for my Mom I would keep it for myself.  I think I have enough fabric left to make another one... 

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« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2007 09:14:12 PM »

A beautiful present both in looks and in emotions it holds. 

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« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2007 09:18:32 PM »

That is beautiful. a lovely little memorial.
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« Reply #3 on: August 23, 2007 09:26:27 PM »

this is so super awesome!!
In my own quick story... I was hospitalized for breathing issues and it would have been SO Awesome to have a little pillow to help kind of prop me up in my sleep!  I ended up having to request extra sheets (they were short on pillows in the hospital) to wad up to keep me in a vertical position for sleeping comfortably with O2 hooked up!! 
I rate this as "this rocks" for the pure functionality but I am so in love with the sentimental value as well!! 
And as my own P.S. the hospital provides very crappy underwear and if you end up with someone who was admitted to a hospital unexpectedly (and especially if they don't have anyone to go home and gather belongings for them) new underwear is the best gift ever!!
« Reply #4 on: August 23, 2007 09:56:10 PM »

So beautiful!
« Reply #5 on: August 23, 2007 10:26:46 PM »

this is absolutely amazing and probably the best present you could possibly give her! something made with love from you, pieced together with memories of your dad, and still helpful to her during this hard time. it has so much value, i'm sure nothing could ever replace it. i know how hard cancer is on a family, and i'll be keeping your mom and you in my prayers.
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« Reply #6 on: August 23, 2007 10:53:52 PM »

i agree.  that is the kindest gift you could have ever given to her.  i wish her all the best.


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« Reply #7 on: August 23, 2007 11:08:27 PM »

I can't imagine a more comforting gift. 

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« Reply #8 on: August 24, 2007 04:54:30 AM »

That's gorgeous Smiley And so sweet of you, I hope your mother has a speedy recovery, she's lucky to have so many people supporting her.

When my Nana passed away my mother took an old fur coat of hers and had teddy bears made for each of her four grandchildren... I love mine, it means the world to me. I've also seen this done with miniature clothes for dolls and bears, taking the larger item and using the material to make a mini-version to dress a memory bear. Your idea seems like an awesomely useful extension of this.

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« Reply #9 on: August 24, 2007 05:27:49 AM »

What an incredible and thoughtful idea. I'm sure she will love it.

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