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« on: January 27, 2008 08:24:33 PM »

There is a long story behind this quilt, but the very short version is that our youngest son, 9 1/2, has autism and has become increasingly violent and unsafe at home. Since April of 2007, he has been inpatient at psychiatric hospitals 5 times, only one of which was less than 2 weeks.

This Thursday, he will be admitted to a residential facility 1 1/2 hours from our home. This has been a difficult and painful decision, but ultimately, it is what is best for him and our 11 3/4 y/o.

Needless to say, we're all feeling pretty useless, so I decided to have friends, family, classmates, church and anyone else who wanted to decorate an 8 1/2" x 8 1/2" block with fabric markers. I initially cut out over 50, and within 24 hours I needed to run to the fabric store to buy more...

My Grandmother is a lifelong quilter - she's probably made hundreds of hand-quilted quilts and even more smaller lap blankets and baby quilts. She, my grandfather, my mother and our other son spent at least 12 hours over the course of Saturday and Sunday assembling the blocks, the back, machine quilting and hand finishing the binding.

My mom left one blank square in the family row for my husband, active duty Coast Guard, to fill-in when he gets back from the last Aleutian Island (7000 miles away)...

We're all very excited that this is finished - he picked out several of the materials from the back - the baseballs and pirates are my nephews favorite things, the money and airplanes are his. The town fabric has the look of New England - since he was born on Cape Cod, one of my friends and I spent a good hour or more selecting individual scenes from the fabric - the favorite is the one of the town square - there is a church next to a flag - I'm a minister and my husband is military... There are 2 strips of autism awareness fabric on the back and the police fabric is because my brother is a cop! The two red and gold squares on the front are from a dear quilter friend in lieu of drawn squares - she lives several hours away.

In the midst of the emotional chaos, it's wonderful to have something tangible to do...

Some of the quilt squares...

The finished front of the quilt

The finished back of the quilt


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« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2008 08:33:38 PM »

What a lovely quilt for your son to have with him while he is away.

Such a great thought, and so sweet that so many people participated.

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« Reply #2 on: January 27, 2008 08:36:30 PM »

Wow such a wonderful story! Best wishes to your son! Your family's quilt has great meaning behind it indeed and will certainly be enjoyed for years to come. When I was in Elementary we did something very similar to this. Each child in the school did a square and it was all sewn together as a quilt like this one. Then it was hung in a hall-way for students, parents, visitors to see. I just admire all the hard work taken place. A job well done Wink

« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2008 08:36:56 PM »

This is so beautiful. I don't really know what to say except you and your family must be so strong! You are in my prayers!

« Reply #4 on: January 27, 2008 08:39:33 PM »

thats such an amazing thing to do, it looks magnificant and would be so comforting. great job!!!

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« Reply #5 on: January 27, 2008 08:45:17 PM »

Selkie, what a wonderful way to let your son that he is thought of and with all of you always.  What all of you did together is nothing short of amazing.  I've recently organized a kids' photo card for our boss who was in a coma and it took alot of planning and is no where on the scale of this.  This quilt is so beautiful and shows so much love and kindness.  I am in awe.

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« Reply #6 on: January 27, 2008 08:50:18 PM »

Selkie, that is simply lovely.  It's just perfect.  You and your family are in my thoughts.

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« Reply #7 on: January 27, 2008 09:07:37 PM »

i am about to cry after reading all of that...this is really an amazing work of art,and my heart goes out to you and your family right now  Smiley

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« Reply #8 on: January 27, 2008 09:12:06 PM »

That is awsome and a really good idea.  I hope everything works out for you and your son is very lucky to get this from you and everyone who helped out.
« Reply #9 on: January 27, 2008 09:19:19 PM »

 ((((((selkie, hugs to you and your family))))))

The quilt is lovely and so thoughtful.

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