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Joan’s bandana quilt top is in need of machine quilting so she can give it to her grandson before dying.My Dear Readers,

A few weeks ago I received an email from Waynedale News reader Joan. Below is an excerpt:

I follow your articles in The Waynedale paper that we get for Senior Citizens. My aide is writing this for me as I am fast coming to the point of not being able to do much due to my severe health issues (end stage COPD and Cancer).

It has always been my hope to be able to finish my last two quilts, but due to my health I find myself unable do it. I have all the material and I am willing to buy backing and binding to get them completed. One of them was partially finished before my health took a turn for the worse. The other needs the love and care of someone to complete it.

I am contacting you to see if there is anything at all that we might be able to work out together to try to get them done.


I called Joan and later met her. Joan showed me photos of the quilts she and her late mother hand-quilted over the years. Joan has gifted so many quilts to others, that now that her health is failing, she doesn’t have the time or the energy to complete one for her grandson and the one she wanted to make and keep.

The quilt for her grandson is made of bandana fabrics and could be machine quilted. The personal quilt she wants created from two floral fabrics gifted to her by a dear friend many years ago. Looking at the quilts her mother made, we concluded a trip around the world/postage stamp design using the two floral and three solid fabrics would be easy to make and honor one of her mother’s designs.

YOUR help is needed. If you are able and willing to machine quilt the full size bandana quilt and/or you would like to assist in creating the postage stamp top and help hand quilt it, PLEASE contact me at 260-515-9446 or bornagainquilts@frontier.com. I have a quilt frame down at the BAQ studio that could fit around it four pairs of hands. If four quilters take turns quilting for two-hour shifts, it wouldn’t take long to complete the second quilt.

The workmanship will not be judged, so don’t hesitate because you don’t think your quilting technique is “good enough”. Just join us as we race to fulfill a quilter’s last wish before dying.

Lois Levihn is the owner of Born Again Quilts located at 4005 South Wayne Ave.

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She is the author of the "Around the Frame" quilting column. She is a graduate of Wayne HS. Quilts have always been important to her, she loves the stories surrounding them, the techniques used in making them, & restoring them. > Read Full Biography > More Articles Written By This Writer