Tuesday, April 13, 2010

A love story and a quilt

About 35 years ago this dress was worn on a first date. Love bloomed into 6 children and 18 grandchildren (and counting). Despite returning to her heavenly home the day before valentines day, this love story hasn't ended. They are an eternal family, bound with ties stronger than death.


It was a privilege to have known Shauna Rice, to have been taught by her, hugged by her, loved by her. She was practical and kind and full of integrity. She is one of a select few that I would call my hero. So it has been a great honour to make a quilt from her dress.


Maybe it will provide a measure of comfort for the wait until they meet again... and I know that long after this quilt has been worn to shreds, their love story will still be going strong.



 

26 comments:

  1. You did a beautiful job Kate! It really is lovely to see pieces of clothing with so many memories attached, turned into something new that can be used and loved.

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  2. Absolutely beautiful color/block choices--really highlights the keepsake dress.

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  3. Really fabulous! Thanks for sharing this quilt and story.

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  4. What a lovely story and beautiful quilt.

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  5. just lovely Kate. I love the story and the quilt.

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  6. that is so sweet!! i'm sure it will bring lots of comfort!!

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  7. I love this quilt and I think it is the best idea. I love how much you give to others in need. xo

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  8. love, love, love this quilt & what/who it represents. I saw Catherine today & Shuana lives on as strong as ever in that girl. thanks for making me cry AGAIN xxx

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  9. What a wonderful idea, a beautiful quilt and a very moving tribute to someone special.

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  10. Hi Kate,

    What a wonderful story and a special quilt. Love never dies :)
    Hugs, Sharon

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  11. It was wonderful to see what you were able to do with the dress and into a very special quilt. Who did you give the quilt too? Very thoughtful and the quilt will last another 100yrs with the memory of Shauna in it.
    Alison

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  12. What a beautiful and very special quilt! I'm sure it will be cherished and bring lots of comfort for many many years :)

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  13. You did such a wonderful job on this quilt Kate, as I new you would. I'm sure it will give Mark and family great comfort. I am so grateful to have known Shauna, and had her example in my life. What a amazing blessing it is to know that our families can be forever.
    X Amelia

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  14. Thanks for all your sweet words xx. Mum and dad drove it back to Adelaide last weekend and gave it to Mark. I didn't want to send it in the post just in case something happened to it! I kept the quilt quite traditional to tie in with the dress fabric. I was so nervous cutting into the dress as obviously the fabric was irreplaceable. I wanted it to be a mix of feminine and masculine and to have a hint of asian influence to tie in with their years of living in Hong Kong. Shauna and Mark have both been wonderful examples to me. Thanks Mark for allowing me to make this quilt.

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  15. Wow Kate - that is a beautiful quilt! Thank you for posting the photos and story, and for being so kind and generous. My Dad was describing the quilt to me over the phone, and was teary speaking about it. You did an amazing job.
    With love and gratitude,
    Sarah

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  16. Dear Kate,
    Thank you for the beautiful quilt. Your mother Christina passed it on to me.
    It is a wonderful tribute and a vibrant reminder of Shauna. To think it is made
    from the dress she wore on our first date all those years ago causes me
    ‘goose bumps’. I am deeply moved each day when I see it draped over my
    lounge. It reminds me of my beloved eternal companion. Her smiling, cheerful
    and loving countenance is reflected in the quilts design and visual impact.
    It wonderfully captures her style, energy and character as a very caring,
    dedicated mother and grandma happily sharing her wisdom and knowledge.
    The quilt will be used often to keep Caleb and me emotionally connected and
    physically warm. We want Shauna around us. I marvel at the range of colours,
    the stitching, the time and effort taken and the loving touch and creativity that
    has gone into making the quilt. It will be greatly cherished.
    Mark Rice

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  17. Kate,
    a beautiful tribute to a beautiful person.I anxiously kept checking your blog hoping you would post photos of it.
    love
    Donna

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  18. A beautiful inspired tribute to Shauna, I can see her laughing and a little embarrassed by all the thoughts about her, but they are all true. An absolutely beautiful quilt to remember a beautiful lady. You are very talented Kate.

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  19. What a wonderful tribute to Shauna. I think I remember her wearing that dress. I also remember going home just days after Mark was baptized. We went through the Melbourne airport, awaiting a transfer to another plane. We saw some elders there whose ties had been cut. Evidently, the mission president's wife there made a quilt of all the ties when they finished their mission!

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  20. Anyone who had a hug from Shauna would know how enveloping her hugs were, just like a big blanket of love. Well done great choice.
    Love
    Marianne

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  21. Kate, you've done an amazing job! Really wonderful stuff as a tribute to a real life wonder woman. Great work, I'm sure Mark and Caleb are over the moon.
    Cheers
    Shane

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  22. Anne said
    What a fantastic way to keep a person in your thoughts every day. She is my little sister and a great influence on her family and all she met. I know Mark and all of their family will get great comfort and pleasure, and warmth, in more ways than one, from being able to see and touch this reminder of a such a beautiful person. Happy memories x

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  23. Hey Kate, I was mini-golfing with my kids when Dad called and told me your idea. I admit I was a little hesitant because of what I was picturing in my head. However, the end result is remarkable, clever and moving. I add my gratitude to that of the rest of my family. You have created something very special. Thank you for sharing your talents. Love Katherine

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  24. An absolutely beautiful quilt in tribute to a beautiful, loving and cheerful woman. Thank you for sharing your talents in ways that uplift others. I know a quilt made with such love, and in memory of a life lived will always be cherished! I just love Shauna and all that she is an example of, especially as mentioned above her hugs and to me the smiles she would give even just in passing. Thank you for sharing the photos and story. Liz

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  25. Kate, your quilt is beautiful! Thanks for taking the time to cherish the memory of my auntie. Nadia

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  26. Hi Kate, You have obviously been blessed with not only the talent of creativity, but the added talent of being able to create something divinely beautiful with understanding, love and empathy. I remember Shauna wearing that dress, she always looked beautiful in it. Thank you for giving Mark a way to receive warm hugs from Shauna every day until they are reunited. The textures, colours, bold shapes and materials used in the quilt express to me the strength of Shauna's convictions, her never-wavering faith in the truths of the gospel, and the everlasting and eternal love that she and Mark have for each other. May you be blessed for your love and kindness. Merylin (Shauna's sister)

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