Saturday, February 18, 2012

Cross-Stitch Love and a Challenge

One of my very favorite things to do is counted cross-stitch. But there's only so many you can do to display in your home or give as gifts! Even so, I have so many designs that I'd like to do and a huge love of doing them!

Here's where Love Quilts comes in. Love Quilts is a charity organization that makes quilts for children with life threatening or life long illnesses. The children or their parents choose a theme for their quilt and stitchers sign up with a design of their choosing that fits the theme. When all the cross-stitch blocks are finished and sent in (by a certain date), they are assembled into beautiful quilts and sent off to the child.

The parents keep in touch and send pictures so we can get to "know" the child. Sometimes angel wings appear next to a child's name, and that is always a sad thing. But the parents have that quilt, so lovingly made for their child, to remember and hang on to. (Oh my, tears are in my eyes...) And then there are the ones who get better and stronger and your heart just grows!

The block I just completed is for Caitlyn who will turn 6 in March (the same as my granddaughter) and her theme is the word "Love" along with hearts, flowers and the color purple somewhere on the square. I saw her and knew she was the one I wanted to cross-stitch for next! If you'd like to meet Caitlyn, you can click on her name and say howdy-do and a little prayer for her.

Can you see the "V" in Love coming through my magnifying glass?  

These are the colors I'm using -- I changed the colors from the original red/pink/blue to Caitlyn's colors of pink and purple.  And, yes, that's a shower curtain hook that my floss bobbins are on!


That was the cross-stitch love, now for the challenge part of this post!

The February challenge for the Blogging Business Artisans (BBA) Etsy team was given to us by Edi of Memories for Life. She challenged us to create a love-themed item for the month of love. So a little girl named Caitlyn, and a love-filled challenge met in my cross-stitch hoop!

I'm part way though!

I so enjoyed stitching this piece! 


I think the word "Love" is so sweet in this design and it fits perfectly for February, the month of love, and a sweet child who has a bunch of wonderful women stitching that love just for her.

I hope you'll visit the Love Quilts site and perhaps stitch something for a child yourself! 

And be sure to visit the BBA Blog to read about our team and our talented members. 

♥♥♥  Today I'm linking up my Love Cross-Stitch to Pink Saturday over at How Sweet the Sound! Lots of lovely pinks over there!
♥♥♥  Also linking to Show and Tell Saturday at Be Different...Act Normal. Fun, fun, fun!!



Pam~ Virginia Retro said...

So beautiful...both the cross stitch and your contribution to the quilt. Visiting from Pink Saturday. Thanks for sharing this.

storybeader said...

what a sweet thing to do. And your block turned out great! Thanks for telling us about this - a very worthy artistic cause! {:-D

smalltownme said...

Those quilts are a wonderful idea and your block is beautiful.

Memories for Life said...

What a wonderful way to share your love of cross-stitch! Caitlyn is one very lucky girl to have a quilt being specially made for her :)

Annesphamily said...

I love what you are doing over here! My co worker recently told me her friends four year old daughter Shannon is dying from rare brain cancer at Stanford University Hospital. It is such a tragedy. Beautiful little ones struck down when they should be playing and laughing. I will be praying for Caitlyn! She is very blessed. Hugs Anne

Rose Clearfield said...

What a sweet piece and for such a great opportunity. I know that she'll love it. I love your shower curtain hook, too.

Kathleen said...

Beautiful and what a lovely thing to do! Praying for Caitlyn!

Splendid Little Stars said...

I love your square! I spent some time perusing the Love Quilts site and I just may make a square as well! It sounds like an awesome charity.

Unknown said...

That is so very precious and sweet...thanks for sharing!

HaPpY pInK sAtUrDaY!
Mrs. Sarah Coller

Jacqueline said...

Oh, you touched my heart today and you gave me a much needed reminder! My sister lost her 17 year old son who was severely disabled a year ago today and I wouldn't have wanted to miss calling her and telling her how much I love her and miss Kevin so reading your post about angel wings beside the children's names reminded me! What a sweet charity and I adore your LOVE block!

Unknown said...

Cross stitch, now there is something I never learned how to do. Your work is amazing.

Lynn said...

Your project came out so nice and I know sweet Caitlyn will love it! What a lovely way to show you care and to put your talent and creativity to good use. Thanks for visiting Cottage and Creek. Have a blessed week.

Erika said...

I like the magnifying glass and how it clips on!
Your project is very pretty and a great gift.

It's a Wrap Link Party at Artful Rising.

Keytiques said...

What a lovely and touching idea. I'm sure she is going to love your patch of the quilt.

Honey from the Bee said...

Sarah - love it! I used to do counted for hours and hours... nothing else really. I still have my patterns and floss and think some day I may get back to it. Really sweet what you did...

Anonymous said...

What a sweet project and for a great cause! I love this post Sarah!

Judy Nolan said...

What a wonderful project, and a great way to find a home for cross-stitch projects!


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