I recently had the pleasure of making a quilt for a little boy that I have never met before. I know his Mom only on Facebook (basically through my daughter), but his pictures and their story of living overseas in Japan while her husband is in the military struck a cord with me.
Do you ever get a thought in your mind that just doesn’t want to go away? I do…..and I normally just push it aside and try to disregard it if I really am not feeling like I want to take the time to do it. Well, that happened with this quilt!! I had been having this idea or thought pop into my mind for a couple of months that I should make Oliver a quilt. And, as usual, I kept on pushing that thought aside thinking that I just didn’t have the time for it.
But, the thought kept on coming and was becoming more persistent all the time. In these cases, I am pretty sure it is God telling me that I need listen and just Do It!!!! So, I was at my local quilt shop (Peggy’s Sewing Center), and saw some of these cute fabrics and just thought that I better just go ahead and made the quilt. Some fabrics were from my stash and some were purchased just for this quilt.
At Christmas time, I had sent Oliver two Christmas Pillow Cases, which his Mom says he still is using. Knowing someone is appreciating your handiwork is so awesome!!!
I went ahead and just did a take on an “I Spy” type quilt to make it simple. I think it turned out really cute. Isn’t it great how sometimes the simplest of patterns turn out so nice?!?!
Anyway, after being in the mail for a month, I received word two days ago that Oliver has received the quilt and is just loving it!! He even wanted to take it to school with him!!!
Sometimes we do things because we want to and sometimes we do them “just because” but regardless of why we do them, it seems like not only do the recipients receive your gift, but you are blessed more than anyone can know. Seeing Oliver’s expression and knowing that you brought something special to a special family makes it all worth it!!!!!!
I have recently been getting thoughts about another gift for someone else, but I have been putting it off again!!! You would think that I would learn to listen…..lol!!!!!!