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Well, I am really pleased, and oh so proud. I have just finished a special Christmas Quilt for my grandaughter for Christmas. I have wanted to make Elisa a quilt for so long, but seemed impossible.

You see, before I got HD, I enjoyed sewing a lot, but after HD, it was difficult to even remember how to sew. And so, I have put in a lot of extra effort just to try and do this for my grandaughter, and I am sure she is going to love it.

The quilt is a gift for my grandaughter, but it really is a gift for me, for me to be able to sew again, it’s a wonderful feeling. I do’t know how long this good spell will last, but for now, this is one dream come true.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Dec 23/06 Christmas at my Aunty’s

This year Christmas was very special. My Aunty invited the whole family to her home for a Christmas visit. It was the first year in many years that my Mom and all her brothers and sisters were together, and that was very nice. But it was even more special, because I got to see my Aunty’s and Uncles. My Aunty Eileen is very special to me, she is the best, the very best. And she has a wonderful attitude about life, a wonderful optimism. She is one of those people that, if she is handed a bunch of lemons, she does not say, oh those damn lemons, they ruined my day! lol No, instead she says, oh lemons, let’s have some lemonade. Her wine glass is never half empty, it is always half full, and her love of life is very contagious. My Aunty’s and Uncles are all very special people to me, it was a wonderful visit.

We will go to Dan’s Mom and Dad’s on Christmas day, and that will be very nice too. And then we will go home, and I will get to sleep and sleep and sleep…..perfect ending to a good day…..lol….. Hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas!

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Some day I will make a quilt like this one. This morning in church, was just the best, because of all songs that we sang, this one I remember most:

O Holy Night
Oh holy night! The stars are brightly shining,
It is the night of the dear Savior\’s birth.
Long lay the world in sin and error pining,
Till He appear\’d and the soul felt its worth.
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.
Fall on your knees! Oh, hear the angel voices!
Oh night divine, Oh night when Christ was born;
Oh night divine, Oh night Divine.
Led by the light of Faith serenely beaming,
With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand.
So led by light of a star sweetly gleaming,
Here come the wise men from Orient land.
The King of Kings lay thus in lowly manger;
In all our trials born to be our friend.
He knows our need, to our weakness is no stranger,
Behold your King! Before Him lowly bend!
Behold your King, Behold your King.
Truly He taught us to love one another;
His law is love and His gospel is peace.
Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother;
And in His name all oppression shall cease.
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
Let all within us praise His holy name.
Christ is the Lord! O praise His Name forever,
His power and glory evermore proclaim.
His power and glory evermore proclaim.

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Deciding on what to give my parents for their anniversary was quite an adventure in itself, imagine four sisters all having to agree on the same thing lol but when I revealed the quilt design to my sisters, the decision was unaminous to go ahead with it.

Working together was awesome. Me and my sisters all live out of town from each other, and soooooo, the fun began, of me sending fabric pieces and instructions in the mail to each of my three sisters, none of whom knew how to quilt, but they were willing to give it a try. I began some of the background quilting, and each of us sisters made quilted roses to respresent our children, and our children’s children.

As you may know by now, I had just received my diagnosis of having Huntingtons’s Disease, and I was in the early stages. This quilt had become symbolic for me, and had become very important to finish it. Quilted into this quilt was my parents heritage, and it was through this heritage, this beautiful heritage, that I was now facing life with HD.

I began to frantically wait and wait for the quilted roses to come in the mail, and wondered if my sisters and I would all be able to pull this off. The quilted roses represented our children, and our children’s children, and generations to come. Because you see, not only do me and my Dad have Huntington’s Disease, but each of my sisters and their children are at risk, and my 2 daughters, and my little grandaughter, are also at risk. This diseasse could wipe out our entire family.

Somehow, I needed to complete this quilt, to be able to say, see the beautiful future generations represented in these roses. And then, the mail started coming in…..smile…..what a relief, and the quilt was completed.

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The Family Quilt was made with a lot of love to celebrate our parents 50th anniversary in April of 2004. But it was also made to be symbolic, and to represent past, present and future, and to give hope to our future as a family.

The criss-cross pattern on the quilt is called the Irish Chain pattern. I chose this pattern because Mom and Dad’s ancestors were from Ireland. A blend of two different fabrics were used to create a Double Irish Chain, representing two lives blended together.

Diamonds represent marriage because they are the most indestructible and durable gem on the earth, and so 50 diamonds were quilted into the quilt to represent 50 years of marriage.

In each of the four corners of the quilt is a pattern called Sister’s Choice, representing me and my three sisters, Laurie, Barb, Julie, and Sally.

The burgandy roses represent each of the five grandchildren, and one great-grandchild, and the yellow and white roses represent all the generations still yet to come.

This quilt is a quiet symbol of hope for generations past, present, and those yet to come.

 

The photo above is of me and my parents on their 50th Anniversary, 2004.

 

 

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My family and friends are really important to me. In 2004, I designed a family quilt for my parents, for their 50th Anniversary. Making this quilt with my sisters, and teaching them how to quilt, was very special to me, and finishing this quilt was really important to me, because I had just received my diagnosis, in January of 2004, that I was in the early stages of Huntington’s disease, and my life was changing forever.
 
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