Tuesday, February 12, 2013

A Little Porch Time Found a Home

I finished appliqueing the final border of A Little Porch Time in Ohio late January and Thursday it will be flying to Europe!

Less then a week later after I finihsed the top we found out that my son's host mom in Denmark has stage 4 cancer.  There was not even a shadow of a doubt this quilt was meant to be hers.
Here is a photo of my husband, Lene, myself, and my son when we visited Denmark at the end of my son's stay.  Because of strange circumstances (and because she is such a wonderful woman!) we have a special bond.
When my son was in Denmark he had to have emergency surgery. Because the bleeding would not stop he had to go back into surgery twice. Obviously we were in the US and didn't know all this was happening until he was safe, but she (and grandmum) watched out for him as if he was her son.  We felt an instant connection when we went to visit and we have  since then.  Their family came to the US and we had a wonderful time hosting them. We got the news in August that the host grandmother had cancer (in remission now) so my son made a trip then.
He will leave for Denmark Thursday.  I've been quilting like crazy and didn't feel like I had done a very good job cause I was in such a hurry, but now that it is bound and washed I feel happy about it, sad, but so happy I had the top to finish and get to her. They have a big porch that we spent most of our time in and this quilt suits her perfectly. She understands the love that comes from being wrapped in a quilt.

57 comments:

  1. Bless your heart Lori. When you mentioned this on the 1st, I knew you could do it. What a wonderful gift of love that you will be sending with your son. And what a wonderful son to be going to visit Lene. She will love it and be "wrapped in love."

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  2. The quilt is very special and it will surely comfort your friend during this time of treatments. She will treasure it and your friendship. That is wonderful that your son can hand deliver it to her.

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  3. It sounds like perhaps A Little Porch Time was destined for this this journey. What a lovely, loving gift and how wonderful that your son will be able to deliver it in person.
    My son lived with a family in Japan for a year when he was in college and they will always be family to us.

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  4. Blessings to you, Lori! We'll keep the whole family in our prayers! What an absolutely lovely quilt!!

    Have a blessed, joyful day!

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  5. What a thoughtful gift of love! And all the more special that your son can take it to her.

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  6. Your quilt is beautiful! It looks so soft, crinkly and cozy. What a lovely gift to give - I'm sorry the occaion for giving it is not a happier one. I'm sure she will love it.

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  7. Life is a strange and amazing process. I know no stranger and I am better for it. The quilt is beautiful and I know she will understand more than just the fabric and thread.

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  8. It turned out so beautifully, Lori! Such a wonderful gift for this woman. What a sweet thing for you to do.

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  9. I can see that it was meant to be. So good of you to share the quilt you worked so long on. I didn't know your son had been in Denmark. Must have been before I started following your blog.

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  10. This quilt is going home where it was destined to go. I know you've added many healing thoughts and hugs, Lori. Bless you, Lori.

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  11. Lori, what a wonderful perfect gift and one she will feel the love stitched within.

    Sending healing thoughts across to Denmark.

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  12. Wat een mooi cadeau en wat een triest verhaal. Sterkte!!! Groeten Wilma

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  13. This quilt will give her so much comfort! Well done, Lori!

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  14. Oh, Lori - so sorry to hear about her, but your quilt is going to be just perfect. It looks so great and I'm sure it will bring her so much comfort and joy.

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  15. The quilt is beautiful and will carry positive thoughts across the miles that will wrap her in your love - bless you Lori for such a generous heart x

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  16. Sometimes a quilt will just tell you where it needs to go. What a wonderful gift of love!

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  17. I knew you'd get it finished. She will love it!
    Take care!

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  18. I have always thought of quilts as hugs. I am so glad you could send this beautiful quilt to her, I am sure it will be a comfort and she will think of your support whenever she is wrapped in it.

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  19. What a tender gift for a very special woman. Glad you were blessed to have it finished in time.
    What a heartbreak for all who love her to deal with this sad news.

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  20. Oh what a lovely gift , I know she'll feel wrapped in your support, love, and encouragement from your quilt. So sad for her, cancer is just an awful disease. Wishing you comfort in your time of grief, thank goodness we quiltmakers have a way of expressing our love with a hug-able object at least we feel like we are doing something!

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  21. Your quilt will bring her so much comfort and joy, it is a wonderful thing to do.

    Debbie

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  22. Perfect, I think there is karma in quilts and quiltmaking sometimes. We finish a project or have something in the works and we know it has to be finished and given away to do it's job. Does that make sense?

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  23. So sad for your son's host mom, but some quilts are just meant for other people, almost from the start. You have a very generous heart.

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  24. What a story! I'll pray for a miracle and your quilt is so beautiful.

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  25. What a beautiful quilt, and an amazing gift of love for someone who needs fabric hugs and lots of support.
    You are really an amazing person.

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  26. It is a wonderful quilt, stitched with love for a courageous person. I am sure it will be well loved and give great comfort.

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  27. Your quilt turned out beautifully, you are so sweet to share such a thoughtful gift. We will pray that the cancer will go into remission and a safe journey for your son....

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  28. All the best for your son's 'host Mum'. Your quilt is so beautiful and is sure to give Lene warmth & love.

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  29. I'm glad this quilt will have a special place even though the circumstances are sad. She will love it.

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  30. Oh my gosh - what a story and what a great home for this lovely quilt.

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  31. Such a special quilt for a special purpose. Well done!

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  32. Oh, Lori, how sad for all of you. You are such a generous person. I just know your gift will be treasured & bring comfort.

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  33. I am so sorry to hear that news. I know we don't know each other but when I hear a mother has to go through hardship like that, I feel her pain. You're giving her a very beautiful gift; your friendship! She embrace it for sure. I will pray for them. God bless.

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  34. Sounds like you've found a perfect home for your lovely quilt. I'm sure it will provide great comfort.

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  35. What a beautiful gift, it will bring so much love and comfort.

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  36. It turned out beautiful! What a comforting and beautiful gift!

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  37. That's a wonderful gift! It's amazing how we bond with people so far away from home! Some relationships are meant to be. Sounds like this is one of those.
    Safe travels to your son.

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  38. Awe...sad, I will keep all in prayer!
    Special that your son can go.
    Blessings~
    Lori

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  39. It was meant to be. A special quilt for a special person. Now you know why you were making it.

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  40. What a wonderful gift! It will means so much so much and be so loved.

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  41. It's beautiful! And will have such a good home.

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  42. the quilt turned out so lovely.. it oozes cozy comfy, just the way you want her to feel when wrapped in your love filled gift. there is nothing as special as a quilt to show your love and thoughtfulness from so far away. She'll treasure it for sure!

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  43. A very meaningful and generous gift that I'm sure will bring great comfort.

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  44. Lori, the finished Porch quilt is very beautiful. The quilt will surely wrap your friend in comfort and love, as quilts are meant to do.

    lizzy d

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  45. What a generous and wonderful thankyou gift to someone who looked after your son when he really needed it! I'm sure this quilt will be treasured, regardless of its hurried completion, it is the love in every stitch that really counts!!!! and the warm sentiments of a positive outcome that truly matters.

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  46. What an absolutely lovely gesture on your part Lori?! I'm sure your lovely quilt will do it's magic of wrapping Lene in love and care.

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  47. what a heart warming story.
    Kathie

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  48. What a beautiful quilt and it does seem fitting that it goes to Lene. I was about to say your friend, but it sounds like she is so much more. Sending healing thoughts her way.

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  49. Hi Lori,
    Thank you for letting God use your quilt like this!!
    I know it will be a great comfort and blessing to Lene.

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  50. It seems to be destiny that you made this quilt just in time to give comfort when comfort is much needed. I know she'll feel loved and blessed with your gift. God bless you!

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  51. What a story, made me tearful. Amazing the connections we make all over the world. I know this will be a tough journey for Kenny, too. Sending healing rays to all.

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  52. By the way, in that photo, you and Cory look more Danish than Lene...lol.

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  53. Lump in throat - tears in eyes. Wrapped in a quilt = wrapped in love and caring. The story is a touching one, and my best wishes are sent to all.

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  54. So touching. I truly believe in the healing that a quilt brings. Hugs

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  55. You are such a lovely person. I'm sure this gorgeous quilt will be greatly appreciated and loved.

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  56. sorry to hear about his host mom :(
    what a lovely and generous gift. She'll love it and it will bring her comfort and beauty.
    xx

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