Saturday, March 20, 2010

Collaborative Quilt for Yvonne Porcella

As many of you know, Leslie Tucker Jenison, Iris Karp and I put out a call for blocks to make a quilt for Yvonne Porcella, after hearing that she has Ovarian Cancer. We wanted to wrap our love around her.
Leslie and I each sewed the squares together that we received in the mail - she in Texas and me in California. I had a sew-a-thon in my studio on March 1st to help with the satin stitching - Mary Tabar, Kathy Hanoian and Felisa Lyons. Leslie came to California on March 15th, and we began sewing the entire quilt together. I am sewing down the Mistyfused binding above.
Below, Leslie is sewing the quilt on my Bernina, and I was holding it on the other end.
Sewing the middle portion together with the satin stitch.
All sewn up! Even standing on a ladder, we could not get the entire quilt in the picture! The quilt also includes Yvonne's name, the words Peace, Joy and Love and the initials SAQA.
Thanks to the outpouring of love and generosity from SAQA members and others, this bed quilt was made for Yvonne. Leslie Tucker Jenison and I received over 100 squares from all over the world. 84"wide x 104" long. There are more pictures on Leslie's blog.


28 comments:

  1. Oh Jamie! You and Leslie did a marvelous job putting this together! It is so wonderful and big! And it looks like Yvonne likes it! Thank you!

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  2. This is so fantastic, Jamie. Wish I could have found the time to participate. But, I see that you got lots of wonderful blocks.

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  3. Thank you for getting this together, and could the Quilt and Yvonne look any more beautiful!! I know she was thrilled and surprised. Lots of love and healing in the quilt, and Yvonne feels it. Happy to have been a small part.

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  4. It is beautiful! I am SO very sorry that I didn't have the extra time to create a block for her. I did send a card, but that's not nearly as thoughtful as what you did. Bravo to you for giving such a beautiful gift of love.

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  5. Fantastic. Wonderfully colorful! I love the checkerboard, love the model.

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  6. The quilt looks great. I even found my block!! Thanks again for all the hard work - Yvonne looks very pleased.

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  7. the quilt looks gorgeous and thank you and Leslie for all the beautiful work. sending my best to Yvonne too.

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  8. It looks amazing. It turned out so enormous! Yvonne looks cute posed on top of it.

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  9. SO Yvonne and so YOU two! Great job and so positive!
    Sending healing energy to Yvonne!

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  10. Your pictures are beautiful. And I feel like sunshine whenever I think of you and your artwork - hence - the sunshine award is yours today!
    http://lyrickinard.blogspot.com/2010/03/sunshine-award.html

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  11. Wow! What a cheerful quilt! I was so happy to participate but your setting really made it all come together. Thanks for your efforts and pulling us all together to make this gift.

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  12. Thanks for showing us the finished quilt, and for doing the work of putting it together. What a joyful quilt this is! I'm glad I jumped in and offered a funky chicken block. Best wishes for Yvonne.

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  13. Hi Jamie, the quilt is great, and so many wonderful artists blocks! The picture with Yvonne is so cheerful

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  14. Rebekah Crown12:31 PM

    BEAUTIFUL! Thanks so much for organizing this project and putting it together. Yvonne looks wonderful on her quilt!

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  15. You did a fabulous job and I know she will feel so much better under this one of a kind quilt. I love it!

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  16. It's gorgeous, with LOVE everywhere! Jamie, you and Leslie did a killer job on this wonderful tribute to Yvonne although I can't believe Leslie stitched this monster on a short arm machine. I am glad I took the time to contribute!!! What a treasure. Thanks for doing this for her.

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  17. Kudos to all the stitchers who stitched love and caring into their blocks, and lots of karma points for the two positive STRONG WOMEN who stitched it all together for a special friend/role model/teacher.
    Glad I got a block made...wish it were more!

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  18. jamie, you and Leslie did a great job. What great human spirits you are. Yvonne seems completely at home on the quilt.

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  19. Jamie- Thank you for posting pictures of the finished quilt. What an undertaking of love!! I am honored to be a part of Yvonne's quilt. Judy Sebastian

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  20. Yvonne Porcella9:18 AM

    I was and still am overwhelmed with what I call
    the "gift of love" quilt. It is so beautiful and
    BIG but the biggest gift was Jamie,Leslie,and Iris
    taking time during their trip to the Saqa conference
    to drive to Modesto to present it to me. We
    had a love filled day together. I am truely
    blessed to have so many friends all over the
    world of quilting who generously sent cards
    and good wishes. So I am on the path of
    remission as my treatments are doing a
    good job. Join me and Deb Roberts on a cruise
    to the Baltics May 2011!!!

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  21. Somehow I missed your call for blocks. I don't know Yvonne personally , but have always admired her work. Your quilt really hits the nail on the head.....happy, vibrant colors, jut what I think of when I think of her quilts. And I love the picture of her in that fabulous lime green hat, obviously enjoying that very happy quilt. Kudos to you both for taking on the task and doing such a great job.

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  22. It is fantastic! Great work ladies!

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  23. I am so glad I got a block to you in time to be included in this quilt. Yvonne looks so VERY happy on her quilt! May she always be surrounded by the love of her fellow quilters.

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  24. The Gift of Love quilt is a perfect name for it Yvonne! Each and every block — front and back—exudes the love, gratitude and artistic respect fiber artists from all over have for you, and the collective wishes for your full and fast recovery. Jamie and Leslie what a spectacular and generous job you both did to bring this so beautifully together (and in this short window of time) including also documenting each and every block, assembling all the emails and notes in a memory book as well as laboriously, skillfully and charmingly putting this Gift of Love quilt together. Just spectacular! Iris

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  25. Beautiful fun quilt, you ladies did an outstanding job!!

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  26. What a fabulous quilt and such an amazing thing to do for such an amazing person. I was blessed to see the quilt and it is a story of love. Great job

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  27. Anonymous4:51 PM

    Jamie thank you so much for this effort. We all appreciate what you have done.
    Joyce Goode

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