May 13, 2015

Wonky Cross Quilt

Mary Lou has received my quilt with all of our cross blocks!
The Healing Power of Love by Michele Savikko Bilyeu

"The Healing Power of Love Cross Quilt" Project is finished!!!!

Pieced and Quilted by Michele Savikko Bilyeu
April 2015

The project involved:

122 Cross Blocks
Created out of friendship for Mary Lou Weidman's healing journey with stage 2 breast cancer

From 32 quilters across the USA and Canada who just plain love her!

Healing Comfort Quilt: 75 blocks

Pillowcase Styled Quit Case: 32 blocks, 16 per side

Pieced and quilted by Michele Savikko Bilyeu 
Salem, Oregon

April 2015

                                                               70 Pieced Cross Blocks

Timeless Treasures: "Quest for a Cure" and "Faith" fabrics
5 Additional and very dear Cross Blocks to match!

Any and all small remaining blocks will be made into a Prayer Flag for the People of Nepal,
With our thoughts for our mutual friend Andrea Balosky (Nyima Lhamo of Nepal) and all of her friends, family, and country people of Nepal and its surrounding areas.

And if you can't see your block, trust me some of yours is in there somewhere. I couldn't quite get 122 into the quilt but I did my best doing what I did and no block goes unloved and used for this cause!!Many are in the pillowcase sham..two sides, and others are going into the prayer flag garland!!!

My thanks to the wonderful and loving quilters across the USA and Canada, who donated their beautiful cross blocks and made this quilt possible. Thank you to those who donated fabric, scraps, and money for batting and thread. And many thanks to Yvonne Porcella, who told me to cut the blocks and the quilt size down or it would be too heavy! And to Mary Lou, herself, for all of her support, her advice and her help..and yes!..Mary Lou made some of the blocks, herself! She knew fun when she saw it! And she shared the process with her quilting groups as she worked her way through California on the way back home to Spokane and her earthly treatments. Bless you, Mary Lou!

I dearly loved making this quilt and am grateful to have been able to do so. I managed to listen to everyone's advice and kept it to the 'throw' or 'comfort quilt' size of 4' x 6'. It feels just right in all ways!

It is being mailed today to Mary Lou who is undergoing treatment for Breast Cancer, knowing that the healing power of love from the Divine through our hearts and our hands, will fill her to the brim and carry her through all that she needs to do to be healed in mind, body, and spirit, from the challenges of this disease.

We love you, Mary Lou!!!

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The Mary Lou Weidman Healing Power of Love Cross Quilt

For some reason, blogger occasionally double posts my blog entries. One of the many interesting things that happens in my world. I always see it as an opportunity to choose to redo my blog looking for duplicates, or just leaving it in and seeing if it goes away on its own ;-)  So, the next post is the original one, this was the update after I made a went into a whole 'nother edit box. I changed the wording slightly so I could tell them apart. I once deleted a duplicate post..only it was the original one. Boy, was that fun! You can't put back what you've already deleted! I'll leave them both for right now!

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Joy said...

The quilt is beautiful and will bring Mary Lou much comfort. Thank you for sharing on your blog.

Sandi said...

Thanks for sharing that picture from Mary Lou's Facebook page. Glad to see she has it wrapped around her sending lots of love and good wishes. Thanks Michele for your great effort in spearheading this project. Glad I could be a small part of it.

Scrappy quilter said...

What a wonderful gift. It's so pretty.

Anonymous said...

Amazing quilt and all around project. I've enjoyed reading about its progress.

Quilting Stories said...

Such a cheerful gift! This quilt is a beauty!