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Quilt for The Packhorse and irishwitch -- read irishwitch's diary about it here!

Many of you know 2thanks from the beautiful quilt messages he has given over time -- and the thoughtful comments he makes elsewhere.  His name is William -- and he has a need for some community support in the form of a quilt.  The reason is that he is a full time caregiver to his wife -- and he works full time as well to support them.  She has a combination of autoimmune problems that have effectively destroyed her health. She has poor vision, chronic pain, weakness, exhaustion, trouble standing and walking and problems with digestion.  William's wife is disabled to such an extent that she cannot even carry a glass of water across a room.  She loves and depends upon William utterly -- and he loves her to the depth of his enormous heart.  

Caregiving is extremely exhausting.  I know it and Ann knows it -- for we have done it for fragile parents.  I know many of you know the fatigue that comes with caregiving firsthand, too, and the effect it can have on one's health over time.  William wouldn't have asked if he didn't need this extra boost in the form of messages of love and support from you.  Will you help him with some kind words for his quilt?

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Detail of quilt for The Packhorse and irishwitch, showing the backing -- I'm going to use some of this indigo fabric in Meteor Blade's quilt

A community quilt is the synthesis of the loving thoughts of many people, colorful fabric, and mindful stitching.  It is a group hug in a blanket.  Leave a message for William in the comments and I will transcribe it in archival ink on muslin.  My sister and I will sew it into something William can use anytime he needs a lift or a little extra energy.  

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Detail of a quilt we made for a local woman with cancer

It takes time and material to make a community quilt -- and it is our small living.  If you would like to donate toward the cost of making this quilt, here is a PayPal link -- or message me for an address if you prefer to send a check.  $15/message is suggested -- but some give more to cover for the messages of those who cannot afford to give.  Any and all support is so appreciated.  But know your message matters, too, even if you cannot give.

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Annalize5's quilt -- she told me that when she got the quilt, she sat on the floor with it and cried, it meant so much to her.

We are still collecting messages and donations for hopeful (who has breast cancer).  Her last quilt diary is here.  It is not too late to leave a message or donation for Phil N DeBlanc's quilt, either (he is newly widowed) -- his quilt diary is here.  And I am working away at creating the diamonds that will form Meteor Blades' star quilt.

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Meteor Blades' star -- the next round I'll begin tapering down to the points of the star.

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This is the fabric in the outer ring of Meteor Blade's quilt -- I'll probably use a bit of this in 2thanks' quilt, too.

These are the community quilts 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)
105. paradox (cyclic vomiting syndrome, PTSD, depression)
106. UnaSpenser (Lyme Disease)
107. LoreleiHI (reversals of fortune, homelessness, hearing loss, PTSD)
108. Vetwife (caregiver to husband and other family members)
109. namvetkato (PTSD, Agent Orange related illnesses including heart disease, spinal stenosis, and intense chronic pain)
110. Annalize5 (lung cancer, diabetes and other chronic ailments)
111. The Packhorse (heart disease and diabetes) and irishwitch (caregiver)

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

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Goldie, Chief Quilt Inspector

These quilts are planned:

MA Liberal (caretaker to her mother who has dementia)
Ellinorianne (rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia)
MsGrin (life long heart problems requiring multiple surgeries)

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LoreleiHI's quilt, showing backing

PAYPAL LINK FOR 2THANKS' QUILT -- THANK YOU!

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

Namaste.

Originally posted to Sara R on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 04:57 PM PST.

Also republished by Community Quilt Project, DKOMA, Street Prophets , Kitchen Table Kibitzing, Support the Dream Defenders, Positive Intention and Lovingkindness, Motor City Kossacks, ObamaNightlyNews, Courtesy Kos, DK Quilt Guild, House of LIGHTS, New Diarists, KosAbility, Kossacks helping each other, CareGiving Kos, Itzl Alert Network, Cranky Users, Gulf Watchers Group, White Privilege Working Group, DeepKos, Invisible People, Barriers and Bridges, Prison Watch, Bloggers Against Torture, and TransAction.

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