Thursday, August 28, 2008


I got some disappointing news yesterday from the powers that be at the West Michigan Quilt Show. I had asked if we could set up a small display about our ministry and leave out brouchures for people to take at the upcoming Quilt Show. I guess I never expected the answer I was given.

"Carin:Unfortunately, we must deny your request to promote your non-profit at the upcoming quilt show. The Quilts on the Grand 2008 is intended to draw attention and support to "The Tie That Binds" and "Habitat for Humanity of Kent County". They need to be the main (and only) focus during this event. As you probably know, "The Tie That Binds" is the guild's ongoing cause. The second charity changes with every biennial quilt show. To be considered for the 2010 show, you will have the opportunity to turn in a written request to the show committee"

In my mind I feel like there should be room for any group who wants to use quilting to encourage people in our community. The Tie that Binds gives quilts exclusively to NICU babies. Habitat for Humanity doesn't give quilts to anyone....
Anyway, you better believe that I will apply to be considered for the 2010 show but in the meantime I feel discouraged. I was really looking forward to sharing what we are doing with the largest quilting audience in West Michigan. Now we must find other avenues to reach that same group. Please pray that we will find these ways and continue to progress in a positive direction.

The good news is that I have two quilts displayed in the show, one is personal, and the other is a Margaret's Hope Chest quilt. If you are in the GR area the first weekend of Oct. check them out at the DeltaPlex.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Emily's quilt


Here is a picture of a quilt we gave to Emily yesterday. Emily is the 15 year old daughter of a co-worker of my husband's. She is in the final stages of life on this earth due to a rare genetic disease. Her favorite color is purple and when I heard about her I was finishing this quilt-God's provision is amazing.
We also sent a quilt to the Biemers family from Texas. The father of the family (a former employee of Holland Home in GR) returned from military sevice in Iraq only to be killed in an auto accident leaving behind a wife and 3 little boys.
Both families are in need of hope and courage, we pray that we have shared a little with them.
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Monday, August 11, 2008

Busy, Busy, Busy

Don't take the lack of blogging as a sign of inactivity here at Margaret's Hope Chest. No, we have been busy, busy, busy. We are busy finishing off all of the quilt tops that have been accumulating over the winter and spring months. At the beginning of June we only had 3 finished quilts left to give away. Now we have 20-and the number is growing daily!! I am so thankful to have had a wonderful babysitter to watch my kids for the month of June and a wonderful husband who had the entire month of July off from work. I have gotten so much done! Take a look at some recently completed quilts.





Now we have the joy of giving them away. We started last week by giving a few more quilts to the Child Assessment Center here in Grand Rapids (this is the second time we have given them). Basically, they provide assessments to children who might have been sexual abused. They give our quilts to some of those children.
I sent out a quilt today to itty bitty baby Becca who was born very early and is very tiny, but quite a fighter. Here is a link to her parent's blog if you are interested
We have identified a couple of other families but we are waiting for addresses.
God continues to surprise and bless our ministry!
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