Hopeful Threads November 2013 Project

I feel so blessed to have teamed up with Kristy from Hopeful Threads for another amazing month of sewing and this time quilting too!  This month Kristy and I are asking everyone to sew, quilt, knit or crochet blankets and lovies for the local NICU where Kristy lives (they currently have a huge shortage).

November 2013 Hopeful Threads ProjectWhen Anne was 20 months old, she got sick, really sick. When her temp hit 102 I took her to the doctor, they said it was just a virus, give her a couple days and she would be fine. Well 2 days later when she blew the thermometer out at 105, I rushed her back to the hospital. My hubs was working a 24 hours shift, so it was just Anne and I. We were admitted immediately and they went to work on getting her vitals back up.  I left the house in such a rush that I didn’t bring anything with me, in fact I only had 2 diapers with me. When she was wheeled into the hospital room the first thing I noticed was a quilt waiting on her bed. A handmade quilt.

IMG-20110730-00376She was practically lifeless, she just laid there when they did a catheter and IV. Didn’t move, she said no a couple of times, but other than that didn’t even fight. We knew she was really sick. She was in the hospital a total of 3 days, my mom flew up the last day and stayed with us for a week afterwards to help get her back to normal. Shortly after her stay, she started having nightmares and night terrors about what she went through. It was heart wrenching. Through it all though was this quilt, it was such an amazing gift of comfort and love. For the first several months after she got sick she couldn’t sleep without it.

Now I get to pay it forward and make a quilt for another child and family in need. I hope you will join me in sewing with Kristy from Hopeful Threads. Remember, that since we are doing Preemie blankets and lovies, these quilts will be fairly small.

Appropriate sizes range from 20″ x 20″ up to 36″ x 36″. Slightly larger, 48″ x 48″ would be fine too as they can be donated to a PICU (pediatric intensive care unit). Please visit Kristy’s post about the November project for more information, and I hope you will join us in sewing this month!

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8 Responses to Hopeful Threads November 2013 Project

  1. Kristy says:

    Going to be a great month Melissa! Always love sewing and quilting with you! 🙂

  2. Lisa L. says:

    I will be joining in on this for sure! Just have to figure out how! 🙂 What a great cause! I am so glad that she found comfort in someone else’s act of love during that time.

  3. You must have read my heart yesterday. I’ve been trying to decide which project to work on next and yesterday I decided I wanted to make a baby quilt to donate, but had no idea where to send it. Thanks for sharing your heart Melissa.

  4. Katy says:

    Aww, what a lovely idea and way to pay it forward 🙂

  5. Susan says:

    Oh, wow, I have 3 I crocheted several years ago, and then couldn’t donate anywhere! They are the small ones for neonatal premies. I’m so excited! I just came across them the other day. I’ll have to measure them to be sure they are big enough.

  6. kaholly says:

    Will see what I can do!!

  7. Jeifner says:

    That just breaks my heart thinking of those sick babies and worried parents. What a lovely way to soften time spent there and show them someone cares.

  8. Sondra says:

    My heart melts when I see this picture of A.
    Great, important project. No surprise that you two are doing this! I will spread the word! XXXXXXXX Sondra

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