Sunday, August 16, 2009

"We Have to Help Each Other"

Having a vague recollection that at least one person on one of my regular on-line quilting groups had subscribed to the Peace On Earth BOM and had perhaps even completed the quilt, I sent out an email to the list asking if anyone had any scraps from this line of fabric. I explained about needing to make up two blocks to go with the ten that I have. I was optimistic that sometime this week someone would see the post and dig out a piece or two and send it off.


Within ten minutes of my post, my phone rang, and it was list member Pam, approximately 3000 miles away, calling to say that she had made this quilt, had bought the finishing kit and the backing, had saved all her scraps from everything and was putting them in the mail to me on Monday. Furthermore, she was sending me a picture of the finished quilt, the instructions from the finishing kit complete with yardage. And she offered to PDF the directions for the two missing blocks.

I was absolutely blown away! This afternoon the files arrived as an attachment, and she's off to the post office tomorrow with the package.

I was so exhilarated that I finished two more blocks today, shown to the left on the back of the design husband. Donna, watch out! I'm on a roll!

When I thanked Pam for her kindness, I said, "Now what can I send you in exchange for this bounty? I have batiks and Civil Wars in abundance. And can get just about anything else."

And she said, "Nothing. We have to help each other."

Indeed, we do. It's funny. I try to help people, to go out of my way for them, to give without expecting in return. And I like living that way. But when someone gives so generously to me, with no expectation of return, it just blows me away.

We have to help each other.


Patchwork Penguin said...

So true..... and I think quilters do all the time.

Can't wait to see it finished!

Nancy said...

This is a great opportunity to "Pay It Forward."

I've been blessed with pounds and pounds of donated yarn. I am knitting items for charity as fast as I can from the yarn and also "gifting" some to others.

Indeed life is about helping each other and making someone else's life a bit easier. Life is indeed good!

Your husband is an adorable model. I can't wait to see the finished quilt.

Pati said...

Joe makes a WONDERFUL design wall!!!

creativedawn said...

That is soooo very true! and We DO help one another!

Anonymous said...

SO lovin' the JoePix!

AnnieO said...

I like the way your new design wall shows the 3rd dimension. It gives the fabrics a sheen and movement otherwise missed on a flat wall...:)

Being the recipient of such generosity is nice. I'll bet you pay it forward!

Chookyblue...... said...

OMG you will be caught up to me in no time..........

Tracey @ozcountryquiltingmum said...

Fabulous! I love the action..and the sentiments, nancy!
Like the idea of your semi annual quilt day as well, our little Lutheran Church nearly has enough members to make that happen as well!
Quilts looking great, Tracey

PattiCakes said...

Love the stylish "shoulder pads". Since he's second-in-quilting-command, perhaps they are the epaulets symbolic of his high office.

*karendianne. said...

What a cool thing. We do have to help each other. Gosh Nancy, I really like this post.

It's the feel good kind.

Tanya said...

How wonderful! But I know that you have done your share of helping others too. What blessings that Pam had all the things you need and that the timing was good for her too. God's little miracles.