Saturday, January 3, 2015

The kindness quilt

Ahem...  Wow. I didn't realize I'd been so neglectful of this space for so darned long. Oops!

Well then, let's get started!

Back in September, Miss C. was assigned a Kindness Project, wherein each student explored the topic of kindness and then gave a short presentation on what they learned at the beginning of December.

The children were given a lot of freedom in the project. Some chose to interview a firefighter, others did a puppet show, and others volunteered their time at an animal shelter. Miss C. decided to make a baby quilt to donate to a mother in need. We have a wonderful maternity home for women experiencing crisis pregnancies in the local area. After a quick phone call and teacher approval on the idea, she got started.

I am so over-the-moon impressed with my girl. She did nearly every single task associated with the making of this beautiful quilt. She chose the fabrics from my cupboards, arranged the pieces (sorry, no rotary cutting yet for this 7-year-old!), sewed all the pieces for the top and back, pressed every seam, assisted in pin-basting the quilt sandwich, and did about 1/3 of the machine quilting. I did the binding, as it was a bit beyond the scope of her skills.

And then, when all was said and done – and she'd presented the finish quilt to her class – we drove up to the Mother Teresa Maternity Home and she personally delivered it to the beautiful baby girl and her sweet mama. She just radiated joy and tenderness when she was allowed to hold that sweet little newborn baby.

I'm amazed by how much of her personal time she devoted to this gift for a baby and mother that she'd never met. Delivering the gift in person really cemented the concept of kindness, and why it's so important to give of ourselves to those in need.

I wish I had a bigger picture of the finished quilt! Hopefully this little glimpse of it shows just how bright, cheerful and beautiful it came out.

8 comments:

  1. How awesome Michelle! This is such a beautiful thing your daughter did. I know it was very much appreciated by the mother.

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    1. Thank you, Joyce! She really loved it, and couldn't wait to start using it!

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  2. Your daughter has every reason to be proud of her accomplishment on a many levels. For one thing, the quilt is beautiful on it's own and anyone would be thrilled to receive it. But aside from that, the gift means so much more because of your daughters wish to show kindness to someone she has not met. Bravo to Miss C., bravo to her mama for knowing how to encourage the idea, and bravo to the teacher for introducing the concept of kindness. What a great teaching method.

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    1. Hi Elizabeth! Thank you for such a sweet note. I am so very, very proud of my girl. We're very fortunate to have our children attending Catholic school. Community service and Christian citizenship are a big priority, and all of the kids do different projects throughout the year. It's really wonderful.

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  3. This whole story and act of kindness is wonderful! What a beautiful, sweet, and kind-hearted daughter you have. You should be so proud. The quilt turned out lovely, too; I am so impressed with her skills!

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    1. Thank you, Lauren, for such a sweet comment! I am so very proud of my sweetie. She is so kind and generous, and it really shined through in this project.

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  4. What a beautiful think to do

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    1. Thank you!!! She is such a kind and generous soul.

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