Thursday, March 27, 2014

Bluebird of Happiness Smile Upon You

What a happy mail week it has been.  Lots of packages filled with Hopes & Dreams quilts from all over the United States.  Each package containing one or more quilts to help us reach our goal of 1,000 quilts by July 31, 2014.

The envelopes addressed to Hopes & Dreams bring special messages of appreciation, like the card above from Darla and Denny Luper of Shermans Dale, Pennsylvania.  

The card reads, "Dear Ladies - Many thanks to you for your kindness. One of your beautiful quilts was given to my husband, who was diagnosed with ALS on August 22, 2013, at Hershey ALS Clinic. What a wonderful, wonderful gift of love.  May God Bless each and everyone of you.  Your quilt will be put to good use and we love sharing your story with family and friends as we show them the awesome quilt you made. With love and gratitude, Darla and Denny Lupfer."
Then we received an enveloped addressed to Hopes & Dreams that contained this little gem!

The address says SECOR of Saint Charles, Illinois and had this cute 5.5" unfinished quilt block inside. We asked quilters in honor of International Quilting Day to make any block of their choice with the only rule being that it be 5.5" unfinished.  And you are!

We received these 5.5" unfinished blocks earlier in the week from Bunny Filer of Mahomet, Illinois.  All the blocks will be sashed and quilted into a Hopes & Dreams Community Quilt and auctioned off with 100% of the proceeds going to ALS Research.

The next envelope of quilt goodness arrived in a much larger package filled with several goodies.

We included a new category in this years Hopes & Dreams Quilt Challenge for ALS - "Sew Creative" - because so many of you enjoy making small quilts and table runners, wall hangings, candle mats, etc.  This lovely 16.5" x 21" wall hanging was made by Sara McGinnis of Avon, Indiana.  Sara shared that she used Boldover Batiks to make the wallhanging based on Freida Anderson's pattern "Summer Afternoon." 

Sara sent a lovely note that reads:

"Thank you so much for providing a way for me to contribute to finding a cure for ALS and for your continuing advocacy and fundraising efforts.  My husband was diagnosed with ALS in 2007 and, as he jokingly says, he knows he is playing on house money.  He says the worst thing ALS has done to him is to take away his laugh, but it can't take away his sense of humor.  He is the 'Head Chieftain' of the Kilted Warriors ALS Walk Team in Indianapolis and our team won the National Spirit Award in 2012 due to his cheerleading and finding a way to make everyone at the walk laugh.  While he is dependent on caregiving he makes every effort to enjoy life and smack talk sports with his friends (and he is loving the NCAA right now).

When he saw I was making this wall hanging for Hopes & Dreams, he looked up your website and immediately said we need to send Josh a beer coozie and a pin and magnet for his Mom.  For the last several years at the Irish Fest, he has had to drink a Guinness through a straw but now he says he may be reduced to having a sip or two through the feeding tube.

I have also enclosed a 5.5" square with a spring theme.  I pinned a few music notes in case you'd like to sew the strip across the sashing.  I made a Bluebird because I decided everyone needs a Bluebird of happiness. Best Regards, Bob and Sara McGinnis."

Yes, Sara - everyone needs a Bluebird of happiness.  Ours arrived today in the form of a package from you!

If you are interested in making and donating a small quilted item (tablerunner, candle mat, placemats, wallhanging, quilted bag) to the Hopes & Dreams Quilt Challenge for ALS, or even making a 5.5" unfinished quilt block for the Hopes & Dreams Community Quilt, you can send them to:

Hopes & Dreams
c/o Quilters Dream Batting
589 Central Drive
Virginia Beach, VA  23454

Your grateful Hopes & Dreams Coordinator

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