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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Where in the world is the Magic Quilt?

The Magic Quilt is finally in the hands of the first recipient, Stan (thanks to Amanda, who nominated him.)

Here they are being granted our quilt full of . . . well, full of us. In a way that quilt is our way of wrapping our arms around another human being who is suffering.  May he and Lila feel comfort, and love, and peace, every time they look at it. I know it will bring them good luck

Here is a picture of Amanda with her sister-in-laws, Emily and Laura (my neighbor in Hawaii, who was visiting her home in Maryland).

Here's what Amanda wrote about the night she brought the quilt to Stan:

Stan had been briefed of the magic quilt she did not tell him we were coming over to deliver it today so he was surprised to see us coming through the door. I explained the premise of the magic quilt and your vision for spreading hope, love and inspiration. Stan, in his quiet, stoic manner just listened and smiled. I presented the quilt to him and he said, "thank you" with some slightly sweaty eyes. Lila and I were close to waterworks, sniffling and wiping away our tears. Lila hesitated to be in the picture but I explained that she was a part of this and without her the quilt would not be in Stan's hands. Brian Blum (Swirl's hub) was able to impart some Bishopy comments about a talk President Monson gave at last conference on eternal families and encouraged them to read it. We had a lovely discussion about eternal families and the difficulty of hearing and accepting what comes along with the words "terminal cancer" but that there are blessings in everything and knowing that an earthly death does not separate us forever but brings such comfort during these times. 

Stan has chosen to stop all treatment, at this time, due to the rare cancer he has there is little hope that he will benefit from further treatment. Stan and his lovely wife will spend the next three weeks driving cross-country to visit family and enjoying special moments with one another. These two have a magic of their own, but I am hopeful the magic quilt will add a little something extra.

Thank you for allowing me to be a part of this.  I can't think of anything else that I could have done to help Stan and Lila, even though my heart ached for a chance to show them how much I love and care for them.  This quilt has meaning beyond words and the magic is not limited to the person possessing it.

Lots of love,

Thank you Amanda.  


T said...


and I keep forgetting to go raid my fabric stash - apparently I'm one of those people that needs to be told a million times, sorry!

Sandi said...

Wow! Stan and Lila are adorable- I hope they really can feel all the love that went into that quilt and that it brings some comfort as it was meant to! I am so so happy that I was a part of your great idea!

erin sheely said...

As Stan's daughter-in-law I just want to say thank you for doing this for him. I know how much it meant to him to have it. There is a lovely picture on his blog of him with most of his grandkids and the quilt. So thank you for doing such a special thing for him.