Friday, December 9, 2016


We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.
-Winston S. Churchill

At Thanksgiving time, grandson Griffin asked me why I make quilts to donate. I gave him an answer I thought a 6-year-old  could understand. However, to be honest, I'm really not sure how to explain why I donate. It is just what I do. It feels good. I want to give back. I enjoy giving. I want to help. I want to make a difference. It is my work at this point in my life. I am blessed to be in good health and blessed to have enough time and resources to share.  

“Happiness doesn't result from what we get, but from what we give.”  
-Ben Carson

A couple of weeks ago, the five local children who lost their home in a fire finally got their new quilts. We've been trying to get together for a couple of months. Sorry no pictures because I didn't have parental permission. The older three girls came and picked out quilts for themselves and their younger brother and sister. It was easy to tell when they saw quilts they loved. It was a fun time.

Yesterday we were in Madison, Wisconsin, at American Family Children's Hospital aka University of Wisconsin Children's Hospital. I think this now is an annual Christmas trip for us.

We delivered 15 quilts. As we entered the building carrying our pile of quilts, many people saw the quilts and gave us big smiles. The workers at the desk were so excited. As we were leaving, one of the valet guys came over to shake my hand and say thank you. It was fun. I felt like I was making a difference.

When I was hand quilting my very first quilt, our youngest son sat near me, covered with part of the quilt, and said he could feel the love and the hugs in that quilt. I pray that the recipients of my quilts can feel the love and hugs in their quilts.


  1. Love this post! I'm going to search through mine and pick 4 for girls that are being put into a girl scout leaders guardianship this weekend. I hope they like them. Just need a wash and then gifting next week. Feels great to give a quilt hug.

  2. I know the feeling. I get it when I get to award a Quilt of Valor. My other charity quilts I don't get to award, or even know who they go to, usually.

  3. Most excellent post. Thank you for putting so much into words. We are blessed to be at this stage of life to pass it on, share our talent and assets to those around us. Love your annual trip to the hospital....that is a priceless act of love and grace. When I get the praise I just pass it up to share in His glory.



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