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Juliette’s Hope Quilt

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The fabrics being processed.

The fabrics being processed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I finally had a chance to cut the fabric for Juliette’s quilt into 5-inch squares. They are so beautiful. I noticed that LeLan, Juliette’s mother, ordered several fabrics from the same collection. This was really smart because it insures a cohesive look to the overall patchwork in the end.

I’ve come to know LeLan as a woman with good taste and high standards. With the first quilt I ever made for her, she saw the sample blocks and asked that I take out certain prints and add others. This wasn’t easy, but I wanted to please my customer, so I did it. In the end, LeLan was right–the quilt looked so much better than it would have had I not made the changes.

As humans, we need to trust that God has high standards for us as well. I believe, and I think LeLan does as well, that God has high standards for baby Juliette despite the seizures she is enduring. God’s way of looking at His precious child is different from ours, for he has created us and knows us in our inmost being.

I continue to feel honored that LeLan has asked me to make this Hope Quilt for little Juliette.

Stacks of beautiful fabrics, cut and ready for stitching into 9-patch blocks.

Stacks of beautiful fabrics, cut and ready for stitching into 9-patch blocks.

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Coming Soon

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Spring in Paris, letters

Spring in Paris, letters

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wonderful new fabrics from Elizabeth’s Studio, http://www.elizabethsstudio.wordpress.com, are currently being printed and will be in the US, and in my shop, in early June. For PRE-SALE reservations, visit http://www.funfunfabric.etsy.com.

Future All Stars

Future All Stars

Spring in Paris, scenes of the city

Spring in Paris, scenes of the city

It’s Back Again!

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This fabric is VERY popular. The company has had to reprint it three times now!

This fabric is VERY popular. The company has now reprinted it a fourth time!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elizabeth’s Studio, elizabethsstudio.wordpress.com, has a great sense of what customers like. Check them out. And shop at http://www.funfunfabric.etsy.com to purchase many of those prints for $9.50/yard and less.

Juliette’s Hope Quilt

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The box of fabrics arrived!

The box of fabrics arrived!

Various fabrics to be used in Juliette's quilt.
Various fabrics to be used in Juliette’s quilt.

I’m sure these photos seem hum-drum to anyone at first glance. Why shouldn’t they? There’s just a box with some fabric and then a display of the fabric on my front sidewalk.

To me, these photos are the beginning of a story, told here and in fabric, of a little baby named Juliette.

In July 2012, a customer who had previously ordered a custom-made quilt from me through my Etsy shop, http://www.secondsanctuary.etsy.com, told me she was 5 weeks away from delivering her 5th child. LeLan, the mother, was planning to have the baby, wait a month or so, and then get back to me on a second custom-ordered quilt she was thinking about.

In the third week of August, baby Juliette arrived.

By October, LeLan was asking for more time on the project, which was fine with me. She said the baby was fussy and wanted only her so it was hard for LeLan to go through her supply of fabrics to choose the ones to send to me for the second quilt. I remember making a comment that the baby was just going through her “fourth trimester.”

On November 28, LeLan sent me a message saying that the bay was diagnosed with a seizure disorder. LeLan was shell-shocked and on her knees praying. She also said that she needed to pull out of the plans for the custom quilt.

My response was to let her know that whenever she’s ready to go forward with this special quilt to just let me know. And, I told her not to worry about the cost. This one was on me. Making this quilt was one of the only ways I could be of any help to her and her family.

The other way I could help was to pray, and to get others to pray, along with her.

So, this blog post, and those that follow it, will be dedicated to little baby Juliette. As I show you pictures of the progress of the quilt, I will also share glimpses of this profound story.

It is my hope that you are moved by this experience at least half as much as I am. If you are, your life will be sweeter for it.