Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Staying up waaaaayyyyyyy to late!


Sunday afternoon a couple of friends had their new house burn down...to the ground. They were supposed to move in today. They had crews out there refinishing the floor and most of the workers were smokers. They are thinking that maybe one of the workers threw a cigarette butt into the grass and the dry brush caught fire. As dry as it has been here it quickly spread. When it hit the house, it burned quickly because of all the fresh polyurethane on the floors. The fire department was supposed to come out to investigate yesterday. Thankfully no one was hurt and their personal belongings were not yet at the house. But it is still a huge loss for them.
So I was laying in bed at around midnight on Sunday night thinking about all of this and how horrible I felt for Sheryl. What to do, what to do. In my head, I went through all of the quilts I have sitting around here and of course couldn't part with any of them. So then I started thinking about what quilt tops I had sitting here waiting to be quilted. I remembered this green yellow brick road quilt - made with the leftovers from this quilt. I got up and went to the sewing room. Found some backing fabric. Got everything pinned on and started quilting. It is amazing how few interruptions there are from midnight to 3:30 in the morning! I got the quilt quilted and got the binding made before collapsing. The next morning I got up and put the binding and the label on. I think it turned out really cute. I quilted it doing big loopy-loops and leaves. Most of the fabrics had leaves on them so I thought it was appropriate.

I delivered it to Sheryl yesterday morning. She was so surprised and loved it. Her 3 year old immediately climbed up on the chair where we had it spread out and wanted to be wrapped up in it!
I am so glad that I was able to give a friend lots of quilty hugs!

13 comments:

Libby said...

Amazing what we can do when we're really motivated, huh??? I'm sure the quilt will be a huge comfort!

Andrea said...

What a terrible blow for your friends ! Your quilt is beautiful and I'm sure will be much loved !

Tracey @ozcountryquiltingmum said...

You stayed up too late but for a great cause, that would have at least brightened their day a bit, Tracey

Chrissie said...

That's soooo pretty! What a sweet gift - God bless your friend through this tough time.

atet said...

It's worth the loss of sleep for the smiles you gave. What a lovely quilt!

Sweet P said...

How awful for your friend. The quilt speaks vlumes about you as a friend. I'm glad the quilt will be loved.

Julia said...

I am so sorry for your friend, what a horrible thing to happen. You are a sweetheart to do this for her. Quilty hugs for her and warm fuzzies in your heart for you!!!

Peni said...

It's a lovely quilt and a lovely gesture, Sweet Sarah.

Angie said...

What a wonderful thing to do, Sarah, and the quilt is so pretty! Love all of the greens. :)

Helen said...

Oh, that is so sad about your friend's house. Now we know why we have flimsies in our cupboards. To be pulled out for situations like this! You did a great thing.

Karen said...

What a wonderful thing for you to do. Cigarettes! There's nothing good about them.

Bonnie said...

I can't imagine losing a brand new house! At least their belongings weren't in it..but still...the thought makes me sick! you are so sweet to give this quilt to them!

I love the colors and fabrics you have put together.

Bonnie

Shelina said...

Oh how awful! I can't imagine a house burn down, just when you are thinking you are almost done with the construction phase waiting, and are getting antsy about moving in.
That was so very sweet, and quick, of you to come up with a quilt so quickly.