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Center medallion for paradox's quilt

Our friend, paradox, suffers from a debilitating illness known as cyclic vomiting syndrome.  He suffers from attacks of vomiting, lasting for days, that leave him unable to do anything except hunker down and suffer through.  The condition has disabled him -- yet he looks to most people like there is nothing wrong with him.  This is another source of suffering to paradox -- for the world at large has no idea what he goes through and people think there is nothing wrong with him.

We, however, do know -- and we care, without judgment.  And we are sharing our caring with paradox in the form of a community quilt.

Backing fabric for paradox's quilt -- poppies

What is a community quilt?  It is a colorful quilt that contains messages of love and support from you.  Leave a short message for paradox in the comments below and I will transcribe it in archival ink on muslin.  My sister and I will sew it into something that will comfort paradox when he is ill and bring him the pleasure of friendship on his good days.  He'll be able to wrap himself in loving care anytime.

Timaeus' quilt.  The backing fabric for this quilt is used in paradox's medallion.

It takes time and material to make a community quilt -- and it is our small living.   Paradox's quilt is completely subscribed -- but we are short thirteen messages and need to collect them to complete his quilt.  However, we are still short $330 for UnaSpenser's quilt -- and if you would like to support our work that way, here is a PayPal link.  Thank you so much for your support!

Timaeus' quilt, showing backing

These people have left messages for paradox so far:

1. cfk in the Thumb of Michigan
2. Youffraita
3. broths
4. ramara
5. Avilyn
6. scamperdo
7. Pam from Calif
8. Sara R
9. enhydra lutris
10. Ojibwa
11. MemaW
12. JekyllnHyde
13. Zen Trainer
14. jlms qkw
15. Compost on the Weeds
16. SoCaliana
17. FloridaSNMOM
18. MsGrin
19. Beadlady
20.  2thanks
21. Kitsap River and Charles CurtisStanley
22. mimi
23. UnaSpenser
24. Ooooh
25. triciawyse
26. loggersbrat
27. racheltracks
28. watercarrier4diogenes
29. Otteray Scribe
30. navajo
31. smileycreek and paradise50

FloridaSNMOM's quilt, showing backing

Need inspiration?  Here are a few of paradox's messages so far:

May you find healing and peace through the strength of the community as you wrap yourself in this quilt.    Avilyn

You're never alone as long as you're a Kossack  scamperdo

paradox ~ May this quilt offer warmth and knowledge that you are loved.  Pam from Calif

Healing begins with beauty--the physical beauty of the quilt that wraps the body and the spiritual beauty that comes with being within a community.  Ojibwa

paradox, praying that peace and comfort take root in your life and grow to be the loudest sensations in all of your days.  MsGrin

Friendship is sewn one stitch at a time. Be surrounded by friends unseen but always there when you enfold yourself in this quilt.    Beadlady

shanikka's quilt

These community quilts have been completed to date:

1. othniel (cellulitis and ensuing complications, RIP)
2. exmearden (cancer of heart and lung, RIP)
3. MsSpentyouth (brain tumor)
4. Moe99 (lung cancer, RIP)
5. Michelle Caudle (ovarian cancer, RIP)
6. BFSkinner (lupus)
7. Kitsap River (long wait for kidney donor that ended 2/18/11)
8. Frederick Clarkson (blood clots)
9. Dreaming of Better Days (lymphoma)
10. one bite at a time (lost house and belongings to fire)
11. Timroff (cellulitis)
12. Sol Fed Joe (multiple cancers and health problems)
13. Brubs (AIDS, immune reconstitution syndrome)
14. rserven (gall bladder infection with dangerous complications)
15. grndrush (brain tumor, RIP)
16. ImpeachKingBushII (needs liver transplant)
17. andsarahtoo (lupus)
18. Frank Cocozzelli (muscular dystrophy)
19. luvsathoroughbred (breast cancer)
20. Predictor (stroke and HIV)
21. Austex54 (caretaker to othniel)
22. Theodore Olbermann, RIP
23. cskendrick (antibiotic resistant infection)
24. Keith Olbermann (caregiver to father)
25. Juan (cancer)
26. Ana (a young horse belonging to Juan, hit by truck)
27. MA Liberal’s mother (Alzheimer’s)
28. Charles CurtisStanley (caretaker to Kitsap River)
29. Lorikeet (cervical cancer)
30. Dr. Lori (metastatic cancer)
31. ulookarmless (cancer, heart condition, stroke, RIP)
32. riverlover (caregiver to husband suffering from liver failure, now widowed)
33. Melody Townsel (caregiver to dying father, now deceased)
34. dadanation (AIDS)
35. Dr. William F. Harrison (leukemia, RIP)
36. Larry Bailey (sudden loss of partner to heart attack)
37. ramara (adopted son with fetal alcohol syndrome)
38. Noor B (herniated disk from car accident)
39. Louisiana 1976 (fibromyalgia, severe arthritis, depression)
40. stumpy (MS, stroke, RIP)
41. bleeding heart's niece (cancer, RIP)
42. escapee (failure of corneal surgery)
43. SarahLee (lymphoma, Lyme Disease)
44. Bustergirl (ovarian cancer)
45. mimi's niece (cancer, RIP)
46. ZenTrainer (breast cancer)
47. Miss Blue (severe injury to shoulder, anxiety over coverage for surgery)
48. Granny Doc (bladder cancer, RIP)
49. mango (heart attack)
50. nudger (ovarian cancer, RIP)
51. DaNang65 (heart condition)
52. Lt. Choi (exhaustion)
53. Nurse Kelley (spinal stenosis)
54. Ben Masel (lung cancer, RIP)
55. Otterary Scribe (caregiver, grieving grandfather, grieving widower)
56. Aji (autoimmune diseases incl. fibromyalgia, inflammatory arthritis, & Chronic Epstein-Barr Virus Syndrome)
57. JaxDem (suddenly widowed)
58. DavidW (AIDS and other undiagnosed illness)
59. Jester the Marine (facing amputation of leg)
60. peregrine kate (endometrial cancer)
61. mimi (grief due to family illnesses)
62. alliedoc (endometrial cancer, RIP)
63. labwitchy (diffuse scleroderma)
64. Daily Kos (celebrating community)
65. belinda ridgewood (sudden loss of her mother)
66. princesspat (blood clots, deep vein thrombosis)
67. Scott Olsen (severe head injury)
68. SensibleShoes (caring for sister with brain cancer)
69. Joanna (cancer)
70. cany (grieving caretaker of mother with dementia)
71. Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse (breast cancer)
72. Scottie Thomaston (intense chronic pain from spine, kidney stones)
73. paradise50 (throat cancer)
74. woodtick (caregiver to mother with Alzheimer's)
75. BeninSC (mulitple fractures from bicycle accident)
76. Adrian (colon cancer)
77. Smoh (breast cancer, stroke, depression)
78. slksfca (sudden onset of arthritis requiring hip replacement)
79. arizonablue (grief and exhaustion)
80. Lorikeet (grieving widow - this quilt was a gift from the Rescue Rangers)
81. remembrance (breast cancer) and Glen the Plumber (her caregiver)
82. MassHarry (colon cancer)
83. Regina in a Sears Kit House (severe immune problems from Lyme Disease)
84. nannyboz (grief for father, crippling back pain requiring surgery)
85. raina (grief)
86. earicicle (breast cancer)
87. AntKat (cancers of the throat, RIP)
88. Alma (breast cancer)
89. DarkHawk98 (lung cancer)
90. llbear (brittle diabetic)
91. michelewin (grief and trauma)
92. Dave in Northridge (grieving widower)
93. racheltracks (complications from knee surgery)
94. Ebby (grief and stress)
95. Leaves on the Current (cancer)
96. Carol in San Antonio (cancer)
97. commonmass (grieving widower)
98. Clytemnestra (DES daughter, debilitating abdominal pain and bleeding)
99. Oke (survived life threatening pulmonary infection, COPD, depression)
100. shanikka (diverticulitis, intestinal abscess and life threatening infection)
101. Serpents Choice (grief)
102. smarx (caregiver to mother who has dementia)
103. FloridaSNMOM (COPD, chronic pain, anxiety over access to health care)
104. Timaeus (enormous hernia requiring major surgery)

See also these three posts about the community quilt project:

KosAbility: A Virtual Quilt for Sara and Ann, from Community Quilt recipients

We Have Something to Say to YOU, Sara R and winglion!

Community Quilt FlashMob Brightens up NN13

FloridaSNMOM's quilt

These quilts are planned:

LorelieHI (PTSD, reversals of fortune, depression)
Vetwife (caregiver to multiple family members)
MA Liberal (caretaker to her mother who has dementia)
Ellinorianne (rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia)
MsGrin (life long heart problems requiring multiple surgeries)

smarx's quilt, detail


Boots says, "Thank you for supporting community quilts!"


Originally posted to Sara R on Mon Sep 02, 2013 at 02:28 PM PDT.

Also republished by Community Quilt Project, DKOMA, Positive Intention and Lovingkindness, Street Prophets , PWB Peeps, and Kitchen Table Kibitzing.

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