My Name is Sarah

MY NAME IS SARAH. I am a quilt designer and the sewcial director of Sarah's Sewcial Lounge. I also have a business called Down Right Charming. I sell my quilts mostly on etsy and I make pillowcases to donate to patients in the hospital in memory of my friend Kristen Kirton. I am a young adult living with Down syndrome. I hope you enjoy reading about my life journey.

Monday, June 17, 2013

The Wedding Quilt

Last night my big brother got married.  I love him and Julie so much I wanted to make them something special.  So I designed a quilt for them. I mailed a block to everyone who was invited to the wedding. It turned out great. Here I am working on it over the past few months.










The blocks started arriving in my mailbox by the handfuls.


















































The Big Reveal


I wheeled it out onto the dance floor in a suitcase because it is huge.






The next day we brought it with us to the Lafferty's house so everyone could see it up close.



Dave had to sign it still. We saved him a block.


All done.



41 comments:

Junior said...

So beautiful and what a very special thing to do. Sarah you did an amazing job on this quilt.

Deborah said...

That is beautiful! What a wonderful wedding gift!

Catherine Pittman said...

You did such a great job wow I would cry like a baby to get a quilt with that much love

Catherine Pittman said...

How beautiful you did such a great job

grippedbygrace said...

So beautiful - you did a great job, Sarah!

DandG said...

Wow, that is just so super gorgeous -- such a beautiful memory of the wedding, and a useful object they will probably get a lot of pleasure from for many years. How thoughtful!

DandG said...

Wow -- that is so gorgeous! I love the composition, and it is both a beautiful keepsake from the wedding, and a useful object that will bring them pleasure for many years. What a thoughtful and well-made present!

Debbie said...

Love it Sarah!, you did an amazing job!

Debbie said...

LOVE it Sarah! You did an amazing job!

Anonymous said...

Oh Sarah -- what a lovely wedding gift. I'm sure your brother and new sister-in-law will treasure your thoughtful gift always. You look so beaitiful in your bridesmaid dress. Hope you have a great week.
Susan Walker

Darlene Gerber said...

Great job Sarah!! What a wonderful present for the bride and groom!! It was so great of all the family and friends to actually return the blocks.

Stephanie said...

Wow! That is gorgeous--I absolutely love all the shades of blue. What a wonderful gift and special reminder of how much you love your brother and new sister-in-law. I know they will treasure it. Great job, Sarah!

Michelle Z said...

Sarah! Oh my goodness, what a gorgeous gift! You are so talented.

Four dogs and one quilter said...

Wow! Sarah what a incredibly wonderful quilt. I am sure the TJ and Julie were thrilled their new wedding quilt. Job extremely well done.

Rochelle said...

Oh my goodness! That is AWESOME! What a treasure TJ and Julie will have forever!

Sabrina said...

Oh my gosh that is SO AWESOME Sarah! What a beautiful quilt - I love the different shades of blue! What a wonderful gift for your brother and his wife...truly a gift from the heart!

Jannette said...

That's an amazing quilt - love the crisp blues and white! Well done Sarah!

Carole said...

A beautiful gift from a beautiful girl.

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful present. It will become a treasured heirloom. Made with so much love.Beautiful work.
Cathy Cole mtbcathy@hotmail.com

Paula said...

All I can say is WOW!!! That is the best wedding gift EVER!!! Sarah, what an amazing job, and so creative! What a lucky brother and sister-in-law you have!

When you and your mom recover from all of the excitement, it would be great if you could explain a bit how you put it all together.

jisun said...

Sarah, I've been following your blog for a bit now, but have to comment, the blanket is beautiful!!!

Shelly said...

Sarah,
It is beautiful. You and the guests did a wonderful job.

jujubird said...

Wow Sarah! That is beautiful!

fay said...

Wow, this post brought tears to my eyes. They will treasure the quilt for years to come. Congratulations on the wedding.

The VW's said...

You gals are amazing! Great job! What a beautiful and touching gift!

Anonymous said...

Awesome job Sarah!

Cindy said...

Sarah that is amazing!! It's so big and it's gorgeous! You and your mom did a great job.

Allison said...

Wow!! What a beautiful quilt!! Great job!

Patty D from NC said...

Sarah, you did a great job making the quilt. I am sure your brother and his new wife really love it. Thank you for sharing with all of us.

tpott said...

Your quilt is beautiful, what a thoughtful idea to include everyone. They'll have it as a wonderful memory quilt to cherish forever. I can't think of a more generous gift, than one from your heart. You are a very giving person. Thank you for letting us come along for the ride. ;-> Toni Anne

Eleanor Danks said...

The quilt is so beautiful, you have an amazing talent :)

Kristin said...

Sarah - I am so proud of you! You did an amazing job and that quilt is a true "blanket of love" that they will enjoy forever. Beautiful quilt!!!

Beth said...

That is beautiful. You did a wonderful job.

StarSpry said...

What a wonderful idea for a wedding quilt! You did such a great job; it turned out beautifully :)

Kristin said...

That's incredible!!!! Wow. What a great gift. They'll love it forever!

Mary said...

How very special!

Crystal Rhew Staley said...

Beautiful quilt Sarah! What a wonderful gift and I'm sure they will treasure it forever!

Michelle said...

What a thoughtful gift! I love the colors, too.

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful blog. Your quilts are awesome and i loved looking at the pictures of you working. You are so lucky to have a beautiful space to do your work.

Jennifer said...

Hi Sarah,
I've been reading your blog for a long time but have never commented. I just learned about a fashion designer named Ashley. She has Down syndrome and is only a few years older than you. Now I know about two women with DS with their own businesses! I though you might like some of her designs here: http://www.ashleybydesign.com/
I hope the lack of blog updates is because you are very busy (I totally understand that) and not sick! I know summer can be hard on asthma.

Kathleen w said...

Sara,

I have just started reading your blog this week. In April our 10th baby was born with Down syndrome. Mostly people think that's a bad thing but we love our son so much and believe God made him special on purpose. We are excited to see what amazing things he will do when he grows up. But for now we are learning all we need to know to help him grow up and fulfill his dreams some day. Reading your blog is so encouraging to me! As I read each post and see you living such a full life I get tears in my eyes. Doctors felt it would be better if our son had not lived but in reading about your life I know that what we believe is right and that our son having Ds is a good thing.

As a quilter I am in awe of your studio and this beautiful quilt you made for your brother. I am hoping as I read your past posts I will see more of your work. Quilting is such a labor of love and I can think of no better gift. My daughters and I all sew and like to use our gifts to help others. Last year we made MANY hats for cancer patients. This year we are making owls to raise money for those affected by Down syndrome. I read about some of your outreach on your profile page and would like to learn more about that. We would be interested in helping you with that work in 2014.

I wanted to mention how beautiful you looked in both of your bridesmaid dresses. I hope you had a wonderful time at your brother's and your friend's wedding. I hope my son will have friends as wonderful as you do someday.

Thank you for sharing your life here.

Hugs,

Kat