Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Another wonderful surprise!!
Remember when we picked a winner for fabric,? But they had to make quilts to donate to there charity of choice? Well Diane was the winner and this is the letter she wrote to the organization. Here is her story.

"Please find enclosed two more quilts that I have completed for Quilts for Kids, Inc.

As with many quilts, these come to you with a story. Back in November, I won a unique contest on the Blue Meadow Designs website ( They offered to give free fabric to a few lucky winners who in turn would make and donate a quilt to charity. Cori Derksen and Myra Harder are quilt designers and have also designed several fabric lines for RJR Fabrics. The patterns I chose are also from Blue Meadow Designs. It is with many thanks for their generous donation of fabric that I was able to complete this project.

In October, I lost two dear friends to cancer. One young lady was a relative that was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma at the age of 17. She battled that as well as other cancers for 11 years. Denean gave her life to God and served her community as a special needs teacher in the public schools. She was just 28 years old.

My other friend, Betty, was a young lady I met 10 years ago in my sewing club. Every month we’d get together to share ideas about our embroidery/sewing machines and, once a year, our group would take on a charitable project, i.e. sewing mastectomy pillows, blankets for the neonatal ward, etc. Betty, too, succumbed to cancer in October.

I thought it was only fitting to choose Quilts for Kids for my charitable organization since one friend touched the lives of so many children and the other shared my love of sewing. It is in their memory that these quilts were made and with much prayer for the two young ones that will receive them. Thank you for your continued work for such a worthy cause. "

Warm regards,
Diane Van Ryn
The other thing that Diane wrote in her email to us was that she took inspiration from Karen's guest posting on quilting ideas - great to hear.
It sincerely brings tears to my eyes, that we could be apart of Diane's mission, a very generous and touching one. Thanks Diane for making us so proud and creating such beautiful quilts! I think they are gorgeous!! I hope Diane's story has inspired you as it has us.

1 comment:

Sonnja said...

What a beautiful project!
Bear regards,

Beertje Zonn