Favorite Scripture

FOR I KNOW THE PLANS I HAVE FOR YOU, DECLARES THE LORD...PLANS TO PROSPER YOU AND NOT TO HARM YOU...PLANS TO GIVE YOU A HOPE AND A FUTURE.
JEREMIAH 29:11 (NIV)

Monday, March 25, 2013

STITCH ME UP AND GIVE-AWAY

STITCH ME UP
NOW I LAY ME DOWN TO SLEEP

One of my favorite projects is quilting, sewing, and stitching items for our local hospital NICU, and the local NILMDTS Photographers to use in their bereavement photography.
For many parents, these items will be the only and final memento of their lost child. 
As I stitch, I like to think I'm stitching prayers of strength, compassion, and HOPE into each stitch.
I used Presencia #16 Thread
I'm starting to get the hang of French Knots...thanks to You-Tube videos
In both outline stitches I used  a "split stitch" double row technique.

The blanket in the photo is 1 of 4 NILMDTS Blankets with this flower pattern in one corner.
Blankets used to photograph these precious Angel Babies need to be Simple & Elegant.

What a Blessing and Honor to know that my embroidered blankets will grace the precious body of an Angel Baby as it lays in it's Mother's arms for the last time.  I've mentioned the NILMDTS organization in an earlier post but I hope this post will be yet another reminder of the many ways your hand stitched items can offer comfort to a family through NILMDTS or other charitable organizations.

LOOK around and Pay It Forward.

TUESDAY MARCH 26th



Thank-You to our Gracious Hostess Madame Samm
and Head Cheerleader Jane
Embroidery Designers Cyndi and Debbie
and
Colonial Needle (Sponsor)
for a Lovely Stitching Hop!

GIVE-AWAY
$25 Gift Certificate
Jane's Fabrics
(Hope you will buy some dreamy
Presencia thread but you can use it anyway you wish)

WINNER Chosen MARCH 29TH
ANNOUNCED MARCH 30th, Sat. Morning
1.  Leave a comment and become a follower if you are not already!  Tell me if you are a new or old 
      follower.  I would so love to reach #600 Followers for a BIG Give-Away! Easy Peasy!
                                      (No-Reply folks, you're just out of luck!  Sorry!)


Blessings



98 comments:

  1. I'm one of your old followers. Wonderful use of your talents. thanks for sharing.

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  2. Beautiful! Thank you for sharing your story and your dedication to the little angels. I follow via email.
    jbechosend at sbcglobal dot net

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  3. What a beautiful post! Your blankets are awesome, what comfort they must bring! I am a follower! Old and getting older this week! What a blessing you are to those families!

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  4. So very lovely. Reading your post brought tears to my eyes. Beautiful!!

    I am a follower through my linky followers.

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  5. Oh Jane, that is just a beautiful post with lovely stitching. Thank you for sharing.

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  6. Wow, that is so very generous of you. Thanks for your contributions to NIlMDTS. I know many many parents will be grateful for your thoughtfulness.

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  7. I am a long-term follower! (Didnt want to say "old", cuz I don't think I am!!)

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  8. This is one of the most beautiful and touching posts I've read ever. I am honored that you chose my design to put on one of your baby blankets for the smallest angels called home and their families. You did a beautiful job stitching it and I will treasure the memory of you, that receiving blanket, and your generous heart, forever. Thank you. Cyndi

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    1. I am glad you liked my blanket. I'm new to embroidery and I will improve as I do more but I thought your designs lent themselves to the simplicity I needed for a NILMDTS blanket yet added that special touch no "store-bought" blanket could have. My daughter is a NILMDTS Photographer so she actually uses the blankets in photographing the angel baby and then gives the blankets to grieving parents. She tells me some of the most touching stories of how a mother will hold the blanket close to her face trying to not forget the smell of her lost baby, or holding onto the blanket as though it is her lifeline, and on and on...so many lives are touched by the simplest of gestures. A hand embroidered blanket for a grieving mother is so simple and yet a gift for life. Thank you for your designs, Cyndi, and rest assured they will grace the corners of many more angel baby quilts. Blessings Cyndi

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  9. I always cry when I hear about NILMDTS, what a beautiful creation you have made for these parents, thank you.

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  10. While it breaks my heart to think of a family having to let their angel go I love that you can offer your stitches to try to ease their sorrow. That is so beautiful! I have been following for a while and will continue to do so. Bless You!

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  11. What a lovely and kind thought... And it will provide comort and love to a very sad family. Thanks for sharing!

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  12. Oh so cute.
    This baby will be very glad.
    Frederika

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  13. The blanket is beautiful and the parents will find some comfort in it.

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  14. So sweet and beautiful. Lovely job on this Jane.

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  15. You have made a very sweet and lovely work to give some comfort to the parents. Thanks for sharing

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  16. Very nice project and thanks for having a give away. This has been a great hop.

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  17. So sweet, tender, and sad..... beautiful tribute.

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  18. I am an OLD follower, lol. How wonderful that you have chosen to be part of such a wonderful ministry. :) Your work is beautiful.

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  19. I love the colours you have used in your stitchery. The orange is lovely.

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  20. What a wonderful gift you are making for such a sad time for these parents.

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  21. beautiful gift. thank you for sharing and encouraging us.

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  22. Beautiful stitching and what a truly special way to use and share it.

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  23. This post touched my heart...and put a tear in my eye. Such a beautiful blanket to be a momento to a young mother who has a broken heart.

    The booties are precious too.

    You have encouraged me to join in this ministry.

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    1. My day was made when I read your intent to join in this ministry!! I can tell you that you will receive much more than your give!! You may never know on this side of eternity the impression you leave on a parent! Thank you Thearica!
      Blessings
      Gmama Jane

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  24. A lovely blanket and a precious, beautiful thing to do.

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  25. A longtime follower here.....that is just lovely....

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  26. Jane this is lovely stitching that you have done and for a worthy cause. I know because I also stitch for our NIC unit here at the children's hospital in Chattanooga...kudos to you my friend...I am a long time follower.

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    1. Sharon,I'm so encouraged to know another stitcher is stitching love and prayers into the lives of babies.
      Blessings
      Gmama Jane

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  27. My, you know how to touch someones heart, thanks for making this bloghop in a to a moment of silence and a little tear. I love your work and your loving contribution to comfort to grieving parents. The photograph that your daughter made is so touching, compliment her on her courages work, it can't be easy.

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  28. I can just hear the silence fall as one reads your post. Silence in reverence to a baby angel and his/her parents. I love you stitching and your ministry. You are in a ministry, and what a precious ministry it is. I am an old follower of yours. :D

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  29. Beautiful. Thanks for sharing. From a faithful follower, vickise at gmail dot com

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  30. You do beautiful and meaningful work. (I am an old follower.)

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  31. How delicate Jane and what a lovely gesture...love your French knots....colonial knots are easy to do too...
    Needle and thread has many videos

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  32. Lovely stitching and for a good cause too. I would say that you have those french knots down, girl! I am a follower since a couple of hops ago, LOL

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  33. That is such a sweet and beautiful blanket and a wonderful cause to share it with. I'm an old follower AND I've been following you for a while, too. :O)

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  34. Very nice to have angels like you living among us to look out for the littlest angels of all. Beautiful and most useful projects. These are so appreciated. I am a old follower. Although I have just switched from email to feed.Thank you for the chance to enter your giveaway..

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  35. What a thoughtful and lovely thing you have done with your stitchery on those blankets! Bless you for your efforts and your kindness!

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  36. Just beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

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  37. What a sweet, loving way to serve others! Your little embroidered blankets and crocheted booties are such a loving gift. Bless you for your tender heart!

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  38. Beautiful work for a great cause! Thank you!

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  39. Being a long time follower, I have seen a lot of your pretty projects. This is another pretty, and useful one. I also love the baby shoes.

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  40. Beautiful. Great way to pay it forward. I have followed for quite a while now. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  41. How precious and such a blessing for the moms.

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  42. What a precious gift you have made, it is so heart felt, thank you for shareing this little story. I am a old follower.

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  43. What a wonderful and precious gift you are giving to these angels and their families. So touching. Thank you for your generous heart.

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  44. What a beautiful way to celebrate the little ones lost. So sad though.
    A new follower.
    hulseybg at gmail dot com

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  45. What a beautiful, selfless act of service for those families. I'm a long-time follower, and I'm always inspired by your posts. Thanks!

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  46. What a beautiful stitchery! And it will be so appreciated by the bereaved parents.

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  47. What a blessing you are to these families. Your stitching is beautiful. I have been following by e-mail for quite some time.

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  48. What great stitching - and a fabulous gift for bereaved parents.
    Thank you for sharing!
    I'm an old follower!

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  49. Very pretty. New follower. Not sure why i wasn't before, have enjoyed your posts on the blog hops before.

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    1. Welcome Official New Follower..now you're eligible for the Give-Away!! I guess I thought you already were a follower since I've seen your comments
      before. Glad you enjoy your visits
      Gmama Jane

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  50. Your blanket stitchery is beautiful! What a wonderful way to pay it forward! I'm an old follower (not sure I like the sound of that - lol). Thanks for the giveaway.

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  51. Your blanket is precious! I love the 'NILMDTS'. Novel idea to me! I hooked up to follow you. Those booties are so cute as well!

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  52. Your blanket is beautiful and the booties are adorable. What a beautiful way to help parents that have lost a precious Angel. I am a follower.

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  53. Very beautiful Jane having been a recipient of one of these beautiful kits(not exactly the same but the same idea) for my granddaughter I know what a wonderful precious gift they are. Blessings Sandra

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  54. Lovely work and so such a blessing to share with parents during difficult times. I am a new follower.

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  55. such a sweet idea. thanks for sharing.
    I am a follower.

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  56. Beautiful and such great thoughtfulness on your part. Everyone here is blessed by your work.

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  57. I follow you and I love your stitching :)

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  58. What a precious thing for you to do!!! You will surely have extra jewels in your crown in Heaven. Thank you for sharing.

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  59. What a beautiful thing to do. You are inspiring.

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  60. What a special picture...soooo tiny!! & sooooovery sweet! You're doin' a wonderfully Special Heart Memory project! God Bless You...Always!!!

    I'm already a Follower too!! :)

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  61. HAPPY TO FOLLOW YOU!
    LOVE YOUR STITCHING!

    msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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  62. You have the heart of an angel!! Your embroidery work is beautiful and so very special!! God will bless you for all you do for others. Thanks for sharing!

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  63. Lovely. You warm my heart. Thanks for being just you.

    Don't know if I am an old or just a new follower--but I've been here many times. (I did click follow today just in case)

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  64. Wonderful touching story and I admire your dedication. Lovely work. I am a follower.

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  65. Your beautiful work is so precious. What a wonderful way to use this design. I am a follower.

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  66. That is beautiful and will make such a touching rememberance for a family that is suffering such a tremendous loss. I am an old follower - literally too.

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  67. What a beautiful blanket for a great cause. I clicked the follow button today but after I scrolled down and seen your pic from the All About Me hop I think I might have already been a follower! Ah, the memory ain't what she used to be!!!

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  68. blankets look so soft nice job.

    new follower
    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

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  69. I'm a new follower and I look forward to seeing more of your beautiful work! Such a sweet stitched blanket, my heart goes out to those who will use it.

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  70. i have been following a long time

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  71. I'm following you here, and on BlogLovin', too!

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  72. I love what you do! Thank you for sharing. I'm an old follower.

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  73. What a great gift you are giving--blessings to you as you reach out to help others. I enjoy following your blog.

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  74. I already follow so I can't help you reach 600 at this point. What a lovely bit of stitching and the little pink bow was such a sweet touch. You are such a generous person/quilter; a great person to look up to.

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  75. So sweet. Such a wonderful gift your stitching will be to someone.

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  76. oh what a sweet thing you do! and such sweet embroidery work too!

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  77. Your stitches are beautiful and I am sure they bring comfort in a time of need! I have enjoyed your post for a while now.

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  78. So, so sweet. You are an angel.

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  79. Beautiful blanket. Your caring heart is such a blessing to those who's hearts are heavy. Thank you for all that you do to help comfort them . janita

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  80. All right Gmama, I'm following :)

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  81. This could be my 2nd trip by and commenting but it looks so cute! I just had a new granddaughter and now am thinking of adding to her blanket too! Thanks for sharing!

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  82. Your blanket is so pretty. My daughter was the recipient of a crocheted blanket when she lost her baby due to cord trauma. The NILMDTS made photos and those are the only items she has of baby Payton. Speaking from experience your blanket will become a treasure for a grieving mother.

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  83. So sweet! Enjoy seeing your creations!

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  84. Such a special gift to a griefing parent!
    I am a new follower at louster388@.....

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  85. I love the simplicity of Cyndi's pattern, perfect for these...precious blankets for sweet angels. Jane, this is a beautiful post, you are a beautiful caring person helping heavy hearts heal. God bless you and thanks for sharing your story!! Pauline

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Blessings to all of you who have taken the time to leave your thoughtful comments. I read each one and hope you will come back often!

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