Showing posts with label comfort quilts and blankets. Show all posts
Showing posts with label comfort quilts and blankets. Show all posts

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Life Unfolding (Patchwork Quilt)

They unfolded your lives one by one

They laid out your patchwork under the sun
And people gathered from miles around
To witness your quilt spread on the ground

And then they called out your names
Oh yes they called out your names
Oh and you’ll live forever

You know that I’ll be loving you just like a patchwork quilt

Well there were men and women and mothers and fathers
Sisters and brothers and daughters and sons
And children and babies and lovers and friends
They all lay before me sewn into one

And then they called out your names
Oh yes they called out your names
Oh and you’ll live forever 

You know that I’ll be loving you just like a patchwork quilt

Oh your lives had meaning and your lives had joy
You touched so many people many more than you will know
And you wrap yourselves around me as I walk down these roads
You are letting me feel your beautiful souls

I feel the warmth of your lives
I feel the warmth of your lives
Oh and you will live forever 

You know that I’ll be loving you just like a patchwork quilt

My heart spills over flowing with tears
I cry for your suffering and for your shortened years
And I’ll take you with me as I walk away
Remembering you who have died as *slaves

Yes, I remember your name
Yes, I remember your name
Oh and you’ll live forever

You know that I’ll be loving you just like a patchwork quilt.

("Patchwork Quilt": by Sweet Honey in the Rock)
*Honey later switched the wording from slaves to AIDS for the AIDS Quilt movement

My Blog Post Links/Tutorials for Making a Cross Quilt of  Your Own:

 Designing a Liberated Cross Block and Quilt

 Cross or Plus Quilts: Free Patterns

Thank you, sweet honey and thank you Hillary Rodham Clinton and Tim Kaine who reminded us that we are stronger together and as Tim quoted from the bible... "Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up".

*And Happy, Happy Birthday to my daughter who is keeping the faith in the bigger picture,
I love you, my eldest daughter of the earth. The sun always shines, the clouds always part, and the rainbow is always one breath away.

Michele Bilyeu Creates With Heart and Hands as she shares her imaginative, magical, and healing journey from Alaska to Oregon. Creating, designing, sewing, quilting, and wildcrafting... from my heart and with my hands.

Thursday, September 01, 2016

My Puppy Blessings Quilt and Blankets

Every new baby needs a quilt whether than baby is of the human or the fur and feathers one! I've made quilts and fleece blankets for my dogs, cats and grandcats!

 And I've made quilts for my chickens..oh, yes, I have!

And if you saw this precious little pup, and then heard that little beloved fellow not even 10 weeks old had a serious accident with a can lid from a tipped over recycling bin and almost cut off his tongue and required not one but two surgeries to reconnect it..well, you'd want to do more for him than I did!

But yes, I had to make him a puppy blessings quilt to welcome him into our family..just as I do my grandbabies! And I had to make fleece blankets for cuddling up with and laying on and just playing enjoying the way puppies do!

So, the fabrics were collected, floors filled up with projects and sewing machines and thread tying needles were busy for a simple but soft little quilt of squares of absolutely perfect fabric, I had saved for 'some unknown reason' for 10 years or more!

And I used my fleece scraps from other projects to make small fleece blankets..sewn around the edges two inches in and then just cut fringed all around..for cuddling blankies.

A nice little stack of new gifts for the wee fellow, and a huge pile of old hand me down blankets and even an old quilt for soft flooring for the fellow and well, you know..just in cases ;-) 
(Not showing those old ratty things but boy, did they come in handy and were so appreciated last month when he first arrived!)

Ocho..see the figure 8 on his precious little face, a Miniature Australian Shepherd..and my fabric I'd saved for so long without even knowing hardly anything about this breed, or anyone who even had here, I'd saved....Mini Aussies fat quarters in three colors..the red, light blue and warm golden beige. Mixed in with some lasso fabric to match the lassos on the Aussie fabric and some cowboy hats and boots....leftover from bigger quilts given away years ago...perfect fabulous fun for a little pup quilt!

Surprise, sweet little one..this is for you with lots of love from Grandma Michele!

And yes!!!! As hot as summer is in my sewing loft and little sewing nook, I still made some quilts for donation to my favorite quilt and blanket charitable causes!

I haven't completely gone to the dogs ;-)And the chickens, and the cats...and the grandbabies...oh, wait! Just maybe I have !!

Michele Bilyeu Creates With Heart and Hands as she shares her imaginative, magical, and healing journey from Alaska to Oregon. Creating, designing, sewing, quilting, and wildcrafting... from my heart and with my hands.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Peace in Our Hearts

If there is to be peace in the world,
There must be peace in the nations.
If there is to be peace in the nations,
There must be peace in the cities.
If there is to be peace in the cities,
There must be peace between neighbors.
If there is to be peace between neighbors,
There must be peace in the home.
If there is to be peace in the home,
There must be peace in the heart.


Chinese philosopher
6th century bce

With life's many challenges ever increasing, how do we find peace in this horribly troubled world, this universal psyche that chooses the negative over the positive, the masculine over the feminine, the warring over the peace making and bridge building?

How do we choose to feel peace, make peace, be peace in our own hearts? It starts with each of us as individuals, each moment of every single day. And it is not easy but we can do it.

It's all in our attitude.

Today, even just for today, I am choosing peace over anxiety. I am choosing doing something good and positive. I have cooked, I have cleaned, I have gardened, I have sewn. My projects are piling up.
 A great big new stack of quilts and quilting projects in progress for community charitable donation. A new gift quilt in progress, baskets of other blankets and quilts to be worked on next.

Always something to do to keep my hands and heart busy with positive things so I am not swept up into the tidal waves of negativity sweeping our country, sweeping our world.

With a family member in law enforcement, with children and grandchildren facing the challenges of this world in so many ways, with huge changes coming in all ways for our family, I know to keep love and peace in my heart, I must focus on it myself in order to share it and to be it with others. I must and I will and I can.

New events, new beginnings, new reasons to keep on giving from my heart and with my hands with love. Love pushes back the fear, it pushes back the anger, it even pushes back the hatred.

Feel love, create with love, be love and peace will follow.

Michele Bilyeu Creates With Heart and Hands as she shares her imaginative, magical, and healing journey from Alaska to Oregon. Creating, designing, sewing, quilting, and wildcrafting... from my heart and with my hands.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Giving to Others as a Creative Gift

To be creative means to be in love with life.
You can be creative only if you love life enough that you want to enhance its beauty,
you want to bring a little more music to it,
a little more poetry to it,
a little more dance to it.

Osho (1931-1990) was born Rajneesh Chandra Mohan in Kuchwara, a town in central India. At the end of his life, he changed his name to Osho. He was a mystic, a guru, a spiritual teacher, and a poet. And he was truly in love with life, creative, and had the music, the poetry, and the dance within him.

In love with life, indeed! No matter what my physical, mental, or emotional challenges, I truly do try my best with what I have, and with where I am at.

Today, I have three quilts in progress..not these shown above.... these are in honor of Memorial Day weekend and were donated to a patriotic quilting group. But three in progress in my sewing loft be donated to Alexia's Cozy Covers in gratitude for being given quilt batting for my charitable quilting projects from the proceeds of our fabulous fabric garage sale a few weeks ago. We all feel so truly blessed that so many came and so many bought fabric so we could then purchase batting and fleece for additional projects in progress!

Most people do not realize that I quilt for others almost nonstop but as much as possible from recycled, reused, thrifted, or donated supplies. It is the only way I can do as much as I do and still be able to give to others, in other ways. My charitable quilts are simple, they are not necessarily works of art but always works of heart.

 The wonderful quilters and blanket makers at Alexia's Cozy Covers all create from their hearts as matter what level of ability each of us has,  or how we may view creativity in our lives.

Creativity means sharing our gifts with others and learning and growing in the process. Creativity is from the heart and the passion of communion with one's gifts at whatever place we need to be in for our own growth.

To create is to manifest energies that broaden and enrich our own creative journey. These lovely ladies and gentlemen shown in this group, give and give from their hearts. And that is the essence and that is the gift.L It does not matter how complicated or how simple the gift, it is the goodness that is carried in the giving that creates the spiritual alchemy of change. Change within ourselves and change within others as they either accept or judgmentally reject the gifts we offer. To me, these are all beautiful as are even the simplest things that I, myself create. I love each and every single one. I know a quilt is a good one if I feel love making it and love giving it away..especially, if I wish I could keep it ;-) and I give it anyway!!!

And today..I am giving in other ways!!!

Today is for playing with my grandson who will arrive soon! Giving my youngest daughter a much needed break. And gifting myself with a lovely chance to play and connect with one of my two beloved grandbabies.

Tomorrow is for shopping for groceries so we can have a picnic sometime during our outing when we will have a family caravan of cars, baby carseats, flowers, and a packed picnic lunch as we all drive off on our our family day of visiting cemeteries in three areas in Oregon. Oh how I wish I could also spend time visiting the resting sites of my Alaskan family in Juneau-Douglas area of Alaska. But I carry their hearts in my heart and they are never more than a thought and a heartbeat from mine.  A time to remember our loved ones on Memorial Weekend. Some fallen during battle, some left this earthly place too soon, but most leaving when they were meant to after having long lives and much love given and received.

With Heart and Hands: Free Patriotic Quilt Patterns

Memories and memorials and the making of new memories immortalized through time. Giving and sharing's truly all that matters on our journeys..quilted or not!

Michele Bilyeu Creates With Heart and Hands as she shares her imaginative, magical, and healing journey from Alaska to Oregon. Creating, designing, sewing, quilting, and wildcrafting... from my heart and with my hands.

Monday, January 18, 2016


There are those who give little of the much which they have - and they give it for recognition and their hidden desire makes their gifts unwholesome.
And there are those who have little and give it all.
These are the believers in life and the bounty of life, and their coffer is never empty

~Giving, by Kahlil Gibran (from The Prophet)

In honor of Martin Luther King Day and in honor and memory of my father who shared his birth date, I always spend Martin Luther King's "Make a Difference Day" creating quilts, blankets, and other items for those in need on this day.

shown above:
Chairful of quilts from a community quilting group that I sewed and quilted with one to two days a week for five years. I was so committed to community quilting at that time that I would come home and sew for 5 hours a day for another two days. Boy, I got a lot done!

Now, I enjoy so many other art and textile art forms that I give one full day a week to community service plus one Saturday to fleece blanket making and quilting with Alexia's Cozy Covers as well as finishing up quilts for donation to others.

It's part of my roots of both sewing and quilting and never fails to lift me up to doing good in the world..or at least trying. You can make them and you can give them away..but you can only hope they can feel the love in each and every one of these!

Thursday, December 31, 2015

2015 Was Quite the Year!

 With a renewed focus on family, 2015 became even more exciting and project filled!

As one of the first (actually I think I was the first ;-) bloggers to document the whole "Year in Review" photo collage and list idea for arts and crafting projects, now I feel I have to share..once projects. But I leave off so many because my photo collage programs will only allow a certain number of photos and I've had as many as 150 projects in a year! So the collage above is just a sampling!

The biggest project was my creation of the Mary Lou Weidman Healing Power of Love facebook project. Mary Lou was facing a frightening cancer diagnosis and all of us were doing our best to rally around and support her. Someone suggested sending her quilt blocks, but as her close friend and neighbor confided in me..."if we do that, knowing her, she will feel pressured to make the quilt instead of recuperating after surgery!"

So, I knew I was most likely to say "I'll do it! And actually do it! Ha!!! And I did! 

With about 35 quilters from around the US and Canada, we each made from 1 to half a dozen quilt blocks. Everyone mailed them to me and bit by bit, I created a liberated design layout and transformed them into a wonderful quilt filled with love!

And of course, I did lots and lots of quilts and blankets for donation to a service group. Alexia's Cozy Covers that meets at a local church to create quilts and blankets for foster children and others in need.

Fleece blankets are cut and tied while I am there on the second Saturday of each month, unless they are pieced as some of mine are from fleece scraps that would otherwise be tossed. But I also make flannel receiving blankets and quilts for donation at home.

I make quilts for baby gifts for others..and usually forget to even take their picture! But when I have a grand baby on the way, it's all about baby layettes! Last year, my first grandchild and only grandaughter was born and I whipped up about 100 items for her from quilts, to blankets to burp pads, to sheets, and pads and changing pad covers.

This year, my second grand child was born..a little boy. I had a lot of emotional investment in giving him the best start that I could with comfort items from my heart and by my hands. So, that's what I did,  and continue to do!

 Another 85 things for him...quilts, receiving blankets, burp pads, bibs, sheets, changing pad covers,  nursery curtains, lots and lots of pillows with the help of his mama for their home as well as for his nursery. A big fleece blanket for home and hospital use by mom and dad,

Cloth diapers, padded inserts, a little snoedel (snoodle) doll that holds mama's scent when baby has to spend time in a NICU or PICU or children's hospital. Lots of fun things...too many to show here!!! But not nearly enough as my heart wanted to make!

 So, of course more items, bibs as needed, a Christmas bib for Christmas Day..oh my fun never ends!

With Heart and Hands 

My Links to lots of baby quilts, blankets, nursery items, and clothing!


Links from my blog for Creating items for Babies and Children:

NICU, PICU, and Childrens Hospital Wraps & Gowns: Updated 2015


Making a Snoedel, Snoodle, Snuggle Scent Doll


Creating a Modern Baby Layette


Making Fidget Quilts for Children as well as Alzheimer's Patients: 

 And made quite a few of those this year, as well..and taught a workshop for our Mid Valley Guild Quilt Bolt to Bed charitable quilting day in August!

And when fabric isn't enough for me, I add paper and make cards for gifts and to recognize holidays or other special events. So I made quite a few of those in 2015, as well!

 Fabric + Paper = My Valentine Fun!

 Making Valentine Hearts and Love

I think I need an intervention. Or maybe just another 

Snippets and Threadtales

blog post?.......How in the world do I get so much done and still spend so much time with my beloved family, travel to help family in Alaska, host a big baby shower two years in a row and face so many challenges...

 oh wait...I also made a MVQG Challenge Quilt in 2015!!!

 "I Want to Go Home"
Michele Savikko Bilyeu
Douglas, Alaska and Salem, Oregon

MVQG Challenge: Parade of Homes

Read about my inspiration for this quilt on my blog post about my mother's Alzheimers...

2016 is going to be so much fun, more time with family, even more time with my grandchildren! I can't wait. Oh yes, I may sew and quilt and craft and make my art, a little too......

Michele Bilyeu blogs With Heart and Hands as she shares her creative and healing  journey from Alaska to Oregon. Wildcrafting and the textiles arts... sewing, quilting, and creating prayer flags. Join me as I add my healing energies to changing our little project, one gift of sharing from my heart, at a time.