I have been part of this wonderful online community for a little less than 2 years and actively on Twitter for about a year now. Through this community I have made so many wonderful friends and connections. These friends have brought such joy to my life, and this past week I was blessed enough to work with 2 friends to bring some joy to another friend’s life.

I met 3 wonderful ladies on Twitter, @h2ogirl76 (aka. fiberofallsorts) – real name Shanna, @sewhappygeek – real name Jenna, and @HQSuz – real name Susan. Earlier this year, Susan wrote a heartfelt blogpost about losing her father. It is never easy to lose someone you love and Shanna, Jenna and I teamed up in the hopes of doing something that would honor her father and show her how much she is loved and supported. Thus a quilt was born.


Photo courtesy of The History Quilter (Susan)

The ever talented Jenna from Sew Happy Geek, took the Navy Star block and enlarged it giving Shanna and I this amazing pattern to work with. Shanna was the guiding force behind the colors and figuring out how to assemble the extra large blocks, and let me tell you that lady has an eye for color! My role was to stitch a couple of the blocks and quilt it. I also needed to figure out how to send it and keep it a surprise, and in walks another wonderfully talented lady, Jaye from Artquiltmaker. She was the essential link in getting this quilt mailed and keeping it a surprise. She is friends with Susan and was willing to package and ship our quilt for us, putting the wonderful final touch on this quilt of love.

Susan has since named this quilt “The Navy Quilt” and I have first hand knowledge that she has already spent some quality time snuggling underneath it. Being part of something like this just solidified the importance of this community and the connections we make in my mind. Sometimes it is about stepping outside yourself and doing something for someone else in need. Thank you Jenna, Shanna and Jaye for letting me be a part of this, and Susan, I truly hope you enjoy your quilt.

If you would like to read Susan’s blog post about the quilt, please go to History Quilter and read all about it. If you would like to read Shanna’s post, please go to Fiber of All Sorts and read all about it there.

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11 Responses to Connections

  1. Jenniffier says:

    That is such a kind thing that you all did for Susan. She is such a kind and caring person. I am sure that this brought happiness to her heart.

  2. Mary Ann says:

    It’s gorgeous and so very thoughtful of you.

  3. Raven says:

    Thats lovely. I always see quilts as hugs that keep on giving. Gorgeous use of colour and space as ever and I love how it moves. Excellent job Ladies … excellent job .

  4. Lisa L. says:

    I love this quilt and what it represents! 🙂 Great job!

  5. Kathy J says:

    Truly beautiful. I “labor” of love, friendship & thoughtfulness. I’d snuggle deep into it too.

  6. Snoodles says:

    Wow! Lovely colors, and such a beautiful star….there are some wonderful peeps in this virtual community – and you are one of them! 🙂

  7. Debbe says:

    It is such a beautiful quilt.

  8. Katy says:

    What a wonderful idea, and it looks great 🙂

  9. CeLynn says:

    You are so right,it is a Wonderful community,one which I am honored to be a part of. Were it not for this community,we would have never met :6(

    The Navy Quilt is very modern,and I love the movement,as well as the colors! Well done Ladies,Kudos to all of you. That is the true spirit of the season 🙂

  10. Susan says:

    It’s a beautiful quilt. I love the way the internet connects quilters. We may not be sitting around quilt frames together at a quilting bee, but we connect in other ways that do quite nicely. This kind of act of love ties us to the traditional quilters of the past.

  11. Flying Blind says:

    Beautiful evidence of this wonderful community xxx

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