I have been a busy little bee here!!  So much keeping me busy lately that it has been difficult to get back into my normal routine!!  I promise to post more on Houston.  Before I share other stuff, I will give another little peek.  Another Swoon quilt, a design by Camille Roskelley!  Maybe I should change my name to The Quilted Swoon?? LOL!  All Swoons have been different and this one is no exception…a reproduction Swoon done Primitive Gatherings style!!!

 Here it is hanging in the Primitive Gatherings Booth!!!  Oh is it ever beautiful!!  Another pic as I quilted beautiful, flowing feathers.  All freehand.  I had sooooooooo many questions in Houston regarding the quilting on Swoon.  Many wanting to know the name of the pantograph I used!!! πŸ™‚ Just the pantograph in my head.  LOL!  Lots more pics of this quilt to come.  Oh and if you love this quilt, Primitive Gatherings has it kitted just like this here.

 I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  We sure did!!!  All our families came to our home for the holiday.  Unfortunately, Scott and I had to spend some time out of town prior for a funeral.  His uncle, a Vietnam Veteran lost his battle to pancreatic cancer much sooner than expected.  It made us all especially thankful and appreciative this Thanksgiving.

It also gave what the girls did the Friday after Thanksgiving even more meaning.  They cut and donated their hair!!!!

My heart just swells every time I think about it.  Elaina went first.  Naturally, she is older by 1 minute. πŸ™‚

Look at that joyful smile!!  Alyssa went through the same process.

Both were so incredibly happy.  I cried happy tears.  Not because they cut their hair, but because they were so selfless and delighted to do it. 

 Not one reservation about their new hair!  They have been growing their hair since the third grade for this moment.  I worried deep down that they may have some regrets, but no.  I am so proud.

Elaina cannot get over running her hands through her hair and it not being there!!! LOL!!

There are some really wonderful charities to donate hair to.  We chose Children With Hair Loss here.  They are an amazing nonprofit based in Michigan.  They NEVER charge families for wigs.  Some charities do based on income.  CWHL works with children 21 and under for ALL types of hair loss, not just cancer related loss.  The girls dedicated their donation to our Uncle Greg and my dearest friend, Patti.  I know I have mentioned her before.  She is a quilter too. πŸ™‚  Patti is a THREE time cancer survivor!!  Her 3rd time was just this last summer.  I never shared it on my blog because it was so raw.  Needless to say when I was taking her to her appointments at the University of Michigan last summer…we hit some quilt shops too!! πŸ™‚

I promise more quilty posts!!!!


  • Patti says:

    Your an amazing friend. I love you!

  • Brandie says:

    Beautiful! All of it!
    You know my son started growing his hair out for the same reason about 8 years ago. Then he lost his nerve and says he likes keeping his neck warm!

  • Sinta Renee says:

    What a wonderful gift for the girls to give and so much from their hearts! I can understand the tears of such a sweet act of kindness. It really sets the mood for the season. Bless their hearts!
    Your Swoon quilting is gorgeous, as usual! I love seeing it done in Prim. I hadn't seen a version like that before!

  • JoAnne says:

    What an amazing thing for your girls to do. You have to be so proud. I must say that they suddenly look so much more grown up!

  • Abby and Stephanie says:

    A very selfless thing for your girls to do. Teaching them young to give charitably should certainly make the world a more caring place.

  • Lisa C says:

    You should most certainly cry tears of joy over your girls. What they did was so kind and thoughtful. Whoop!

  • Tudy says:

    My grand daughter has donated her hair several times. I think it is so great of these girls donating their hair to kids who do not have any. Please tell the girls I said so.

  • Sue says:

    The swoon sure is a lovely pattern. Just gorgeous quilting. That pantograph in your head is amazing!

    How sweet of your girls to do such a wonderful thing. The smile on their faces says it all, doesn't it? It's a priceless moment and as you said, a selfless one. Truly touching.

    Enjoy this holiday season!

  • Candace says:

    I do swoon over your quilting, Linda! So sorry to hear about Scott's uncle, but glad you were able to enjoy a nice Thanksgiving! The girls are growing so fast – what a wonderful thing to donate their hair, too! We miss you in blogland, but know how busy you are creating wonderful things! It's always a pleasure to "see" you once in a while!

  • Sheila says:

    The swoon quilt is gorgeous and your quilting sure enhances an already beautiful project . How wonderful of your girls to donate their hair , such a grand gesture and I bet they will do it again in a few years .

  • Carol says:

    Oh what amazing girls…you all,have done a wonderful job with them!

  • Donna says:

    The Swoon quilt is lovely!
    Sorry to hear about your husband's uncle and so close to the holidays.
    Your girls are so lovely and so sweet of them to donate their gorgeous locks of hair.

  • Impera Magna says:

    What beautiful, generous girls you have! And what a wonderful organization to provide wigs free of charge to lift so many spirits!

    So inspiring…

  • Lynette says:

    Aww πŸ™‚ How sweet of them. Our youngest did Locks of Love, too, and had a blast doing it. That Swoon is truly gorgeous, and what a compliment to keep being asked about the "panto", ;D

  • Terry says:

    I'm proud of your girls for donating their hair! My Emily has donated hers three times now and it's just such a wonderful thing for them to do! :0)

  • Archie the wonder dog says:

    You have such wonderful children xxx

    P.S. Love the quilting on the latest Swoon!

  • Mama Pea says:

    Elsa wanted to donate her hair, but it wasn't long enough. I should show her this post. She'd love it. I hope you are well, my friend. Sorry for your loss.

  • Amy, a redeemed sheep says:

    That is a lovely Swoon quilt! I keep thinking I need to make one for me. The one I made was a wedding gift. =)

    Lovely and sweet girls. What a blessing their hair will be to a child. =)

  • marylouweidman says:

    What adorable girls…it really wouldn't matter how their hair was fixed…their smiles just are beautiful….no wonder you are proud….loved seeing this. And I always love seeing your beautiful quilting on your posts. This is one of my most favorite blogs!

  • Anonymous says:

    Beautiful, beautiful girls! Love the new haircuts. Sweet story!

  • Phyllis says:

    What wonderful girls you have, you have every right to be very proud. It is a wonderful thing that they are so happy to do this for someone else, someone they will never even meet.
    I saw the swoon quilt in Houston, again, i admire your quilting skills, fab!
    With Thanksgiving behind you enjoy the run up to Xmas!

  • Simone de Klerk says:

    What a beautiful and happy post! It touched me very much.

  • Joan says:

    My goodness Linda – WHAT a beautiful post. Well done girls – and they look so happy.