Caregiver Helping Hands Quilt
The Hands2Help charity quilting event we participated in just last month was so much fun. We will definitely join in again next year, but it led us in an unexpected direction. I had been following Sue Daurio and her blog. Sue Daurio put out a call for caregiver nominations, and I nominated someone who has been a caregiver all of her life. The person I nominated is Jeanette, and I picked up her lovingly made quilt this past weekend.
The first person that came to my mind when thinking of a caregiver is Jeanette, (my) Sue’s mom. It is a role she born to and it seems to be innate in her. As a younger woman, she took care of each of her parents and her husband, all lost to cancer. Following that, she stepped up with loving care for her grandson who was also called home at the age of two after fighting a battle with cancer. Not to be dissuaded, caring for her son who became a quadriplegic and her youngest daughter’s ten-year battle, again with cancer, filled her time until they both passed. Hopefully, she is now on a calmer path assisting with her great-grandchildren as often as she is asked. She is a young 85 but has certainly seen her share of sorrow.
When I shared Jeanette’s story with Sue Daurio, she agreed that Jeanette fit the bill and they would love to share a quilt with her. It turns out the Sue lives in Crystal Lake, IL which is near my sister. We drove to pick up the quilt last Friday and then shared it with Jeanette early Saturday morning. Inside the bag were a lovely card and an even more lovely quilt.
This beautiful pinwheel quilt was made with many different shades of pink ranging from the lightest to deep wine. The quilting of light feathers with a pretty pink thread enhances the piecing. Best of all is the label on the back which has been signed by the friends and Sue Daurio who worked on this quilt. Jeanette has been wrapped in their love ever since she received it! The weather has been cooperating and has been chilly enough for her to enjoy its warmth. She will be wrapped in it for years to come and will be sharing the story with her great-grandchildren as well. Thank you again to Sue and friends. ♥ ♥
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