Tuesday, April 19, 2016


#heartsforpenny.... a hashtag that I saw for the first time just minutes after hanging up from a phone call with the state medical examiner, the day after Don had died.  "Your husband died from a dissected aortic aneurysm" he had said, "It was his heart."  I hung up the phone and heard it ping.  I looked down and saw that I had been tagged in a post on Instagram...with the hashtag #heartsforpenny.  A closer look revealed that my quilt community...having no idea of the phone conversation I had just had with the medical examiner....were on a mission to collect heart blocks to create a quilt for me...to comfort me in my loss. My heart had just been shattered...and here they were planning to send me their own hearts of love.

Tonight I got to open two boxes....each with a quilt inside... I don't even know how to put into words how magnificent they each are.   I haven't actually counted how many blocks there are in total...I'm still searching each quilt over and over again and I feel like I see something new every time.  Each block is so unique...but each contains a heart.  My heart overflows tonight with love from my quilt friends.  My eyes overflow with tears....I am so thankful for every single one of you who made a block for me.

I'll share a few pics here of getting to see the quilts....at some point I will photograph each block....but for now...I'm going to wrap myself up in some amazing love.

The Quilts

This week will be eight months.  Sometimes I really hate that I apply a number to it...and yet I can't seem to not do that. Every day brings its challenges...but I'm doing my best to keep going. 

A special thank you to Teri Lucas, Michelle Banton, Jamie Mueller & Mandy Leins for taking time to piece, quilt & bind.


  1. Beautiful quilts Penny, I hope you can wrap up in them and find some comfort in quilterly hugs. I can't imagine how hard the past 8 months have been for you, you're a strong lady!

  2. so glad to be a part of this and so wish I could do more... you are so loved...

  3. So much love for you, Penny. I'm grateful to have been able to take part.

  4. We put our hearts into every stitch because our hearts were breaking along with yours. Whenever you feel alone, wrap one of those quilts around your shoulders and let us surround you in love. <3

  5. Beautiful, Penny!!.... it was an honor to be a part of the #HeartsforPenny group! I hope that it helps your healing to know that so many people love you and care for you!

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