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Thursday, November 15, 2007

Easy Peasy Take on Strings...

but then, that's not an unfamiliar thing with Finn. This slightly unusal string quilt was given to the newly adopted son of my DD's friend.Nothing ever seems to make me happier than seeing a quilt in the hands of a child *VBS* But how the quilt came "to be" is the story today.
All those gorgeous flannel strings are the 'leftovers' from my friend Betsy making a graduation quilt for her youngest DD. I adore playing in Betsy's scraps...she has very good scraps!!!
Now I've been reading lately about piecing strings onto foundations, both paper and fabric. And I know that is traditional, but since I wasn't interested in laying them on the diagonal, why bother???? So I didn't. Just sewed the strips and strings together, any which way and width. Then I cut them into 6.5" blocks, cut lattice, sewed it all up and tied it with orange yarn.
Next thing I know here's DD#1 telling me that her friend L, has brought home a little boy(15 months old, I think) after a long wait. He was removed from his birth mother because of drug use. The availabity was 'up in the air' for awhile, but the courts in MN eventually terminated her rights to the child. Now he's officially adopted in a forever home. Strangely enough, his infant sister became available for adoption(much the same circumstances) a couple of years later. And DD's friend and DH were able to adopt her also. You might not think that is a happy ending, but as an adoptive parent of 5, I can tell you it's the least worst.

12 comments:

Marcie said...

How wonderful that those children could be together in the same home. Very sad for the natural mother who can't get her act together. Lucky children to find a loving family!

Gypsy Quilter said...

What a beautiful child, lovely quilt, and a wonderful story. There are indeed happy endings.

Elaine Adair said...

Lovely story for the children to have found a good home.

This quilt, (from a string lover) is JUST WONDERFUL! Humble and delightful at the same time. I would LOVE to have it on MY adult bed. It's cheerful, frugal, clever, etc.

andsewitis Holly said...

Beautiful quilt, Finn, and I like the story behind it. Those children are blessed.

Quilting Journey said...

That picture is worth a 1,000 words, all I can add is 'awwwww'. Heartstrings Tugger, that's for sure!!!

Jeanne said...

The quilt is beautiful and the new owner looks very pleased with it. A wonderful story, Finn. Thanks for sharing it.

Faith said...

what a gorgeous happy quilt, a child will always remember a happy moment with colours and comfort and all that love it shows

Carol E. said...

Great quilt, sweet little boy, and I am so happy that his sister is with him. I know he had a sad beginning, but his forever home is a happy ending. I know another child in similar circumstances. He is paying for his mother's drug use in delays and struggles, poor guy, but is in a loving home where he has the chance to thrive. Thanks for sharing this happy ending story with us.

Sue in western WA said...

What a cheerful, happy quilt. And no better recipient :- ) How happy that his little sister can finally be with him in a safe, permanent home. Sending that family our best wishes for the years to come...

Debi said...

Thank you for the inspiration. I usually give my scraps away, but your method inspired me to use my scraps.

JanJ said...

What a sweet story that the brother and sister could be adopted into the same home! I love your string quilt! What a clever way to use up your strings.

Lynn Dykstra said...

Beautiful child and beautiful quilt.
It is wonderful the siblings are together.

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