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How Many Ways Can I Use a Quilt?

Anyone that knows me well knows that I don’t have much tolerance for being cold.  One negative aspect of traveling to Zambia each summer is that I trade a month of summer warmth for a month of winter instead.  Winters in Zambia are mild compared to Texas winters, and they are downright balmy compared to those experienced by those of you in more northerly regions.  Even so, it can get pretty cold when you are sleeping in a tent as we do when we are in rural villages conducting medical clinics. 

I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised this week when I learned that a couple of my friends from Zambia Medical Mission had arranged a wonderful surprise for me. Flower and Quilt

Isn’t it beautiful?  No, it’s not the flower I’m talking about, though it is at thing of beauty.   My Alysa brought it to me, and I love it too.  Such interesting petals!

Flower and Quilt

The flower was a surprise, but Star and Mary had another surprise for me. 

Lap Quilt

They must have known that this lap quilt was exactly what I would need for my upcoming chemotherapy treatments.  I will spend 4-5 hours every three weeks receiving the medicines, and you know how cold those medical places are!  No worries now thanks to Star, Mary, and the Gone to Pieces Quilt Club of Peoria, Illinois. 

Gone to Pieces Quilt Club

What a perfect name for a group of quilters!  Most of those that lovingly stitched this quilt have never even met me, but they have touched me with their generous gift. I do know that my friend Mary is a talented quilter and tireless voluteer in our ZMM pharmacy.  Star’s talent for organizing and creating is beyond description.  I would need several blog posts to even begin to tell some of the things this woman does.  There are literally thousands upon thousands of people in the country of Zambia that have received life-changing medicines because of the work she has done.  Her fundraising and organization on behalf of people in that African country has touched many lives.  This week it was my life that was touched.

As I began to think about how I planned to use this patchwork creation to keep my cold-natured self warm and cozy in the chemotherapy treatment room, I began to think of some other wonderful uses for this perfect-size-for-snuggling quilt.

Peeking Through the Porch Swing

Quilt on Porch Swing

It is just the right size for the porch swing.  No dragging the ground as I swing.

Quilt and Tea

A cup of tea in the garden will be much more cozy with a quilt on my lap.

Tea in the Garden

There’s just enough room for a picnic for two in the shade. 

Perfect Picnic Blanket

Picnic for Two

It is exactly the right length for the stone bench under the plum trees.  A good book, or a little snooze will be much more enjoyable with the quilt folded into a little mattress.

Napping Bench

Quilt on a Stone Bench

Speaking of matresses, I have a little mattress that gets moved here and there whenever we need an extra sleeping spot for company.  I think my new little quilt is a good partner for a small mattress.  Maybe during the summer the girls and I will recreate the post-surgery “slumber party”  we had during the Christmas break.  I think I would enjoy it more now than I did during those days when I couldn’t climb the stairs to my bedroom.

Old Mattress and New Quilt

Mattress and Quilt

Alysa doesn’t just bring me flowers, she was one of the gals that tended to me so well during those cold winter days after my surgery.  We walked the Caregivers’ lap together tonight during the American Cancer Society event Relay for Life.  

What a week.  I got a quilt for my lap and walked laps with survivors. 

 Purple Flower

 Blessings to all of you.  Have a great weekend!


  1. Posted 30 Apr ’11 at 10:18 am | Permalink

    The quilt is so beautiful. Hope you get lots of comfort out of it. I didn’t realize that you go on the ZMM. One of my good friends Angela Estes and her family go also. She and I used to work in the ACU medical clinic together. I think the ZMM is such an awesome way to help others. Our friend Darrel Conway and his wife go also. We always try to give money for Bibles.
    Hope you have a blessed weekend.

    • Posted 30 Apr ’11 at 8:56 pm | Permalink

      Loved reading your comment and hearing of your connection to Zambia Medical Mission. My husband and our family first went to Zambia in 1997 and have served as codirectors since 1998. I will not be going this summer, but my husband and daughter will be going.

      Angela is a precious lady, and we have been blessed to know the Estes family through ZMM. We have traveled many a mile with John and June, and we miss John so much.

      My husband was the a youth minister in the early 80′s, where we first met Darrell and Janice Conway. We first recruited him to go with us to help with the many vehicle breakdowns we experienced in the early years. He soon earned his nickname “Soul Mechanic” as his involvement with the spiritual team grew.

      Thanks so much for taking the time to read my post. I loved hearing from you!

  2. Mom
    Posted 30 Apr ’11 at 11:20 am | Permalink

    I have to add my two cents worth of thanks to Star, Mary and the Gone to Pieces Club of Peoria, Illinois, for your kindness and expression of love to my sweet daughter. Thank you, too, Alysa, for your lovely gift and all the love you have given Laura as you and Jess have been there for her. You all have been a manifestation for God’s love to us.

    • Posted 21 Jul ’16 at 4:48 pm | Permalink

      Now that’s subetl! Great to hear from you.

  3. Posted 2 May ’11 at 1:15 pm | Permalink

    The quilt is beautiful and the lovely group who spent time making it for you makes it even more special. What a perfect quilt to use during your upcoming treatments. You’ll be in my thoughts and prayers.


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  1. By The Chemo Journey Begins on 27 May ’11 at 12:47 pm

    [...] tilted look of that photo matches the feeling I had as they started those drugs into my system.  My quilt from the Going to Pieces quilt club in Peoria, Illinois helped me settle in and get comfy for the ride [...]

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