Friday, May 31, 2019

2019 H2H Quilt Finishes for Jack's Basket

Here's the quilt parade lead by our little ring master at home, Owen.  Owen just happens to have Down Syndrome too (like Jack from the Jack's Basket charity this year in the H2H quilt drive.)   I thought that it would be more than fitting for Owen to show off these quilts.  Owen will be 12 in June.  He attends regular classes in our local public school.  He does get some intervention and special help three days a week in a small classroom of students.  It's only a 45 minute class three times per week.  He is moving on to middle school (6th) grade this fall.  He participates in bowling, tennis, and baseball.  He has similar interests and skills in electronics and technology and is fascinated with YouTube and video games just like other typical tweens his age.  He had perfect attendance this year and loves school.  He talks back and rolls his eyes and gets into mischief just as much as the next kid his age.  He has awesome dance moves.

Check out many of the GORGEOUS 875 quilts made on Sarah's blog, Confessions of a Fabric Addict here.  All five of my charity quilts this year were for Jack's Basket, a charity begun by Carissa Carroll after the birth of her son Jack.  Check out the Jack's Basket website.

This charity is quite near and dear to my heart because our son just happened to be born with Down Syndrome as well.  When he was born in 2007 the DS part was very much a surprise.  Doctors told us we needed to grieve the loss of the son that we anticipated having so that we could then celebrate the child we had.  Pediatric specialist told us the big list of milestones that our son most likely would not meet.

My husband and I decided then and there that we were going to raise our son as if he did not have a disability.  In my opinion, only God knew what was in store for us.  Later we figured out that our son (as well as all children) was perfectly hand picked by God for our family.  :)  There is never a dull moment at our home.  There are struggles, but the struggles are definitely outweighed with celebrations of accomplishments and joy.

I'm linking my finishes up this week with Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Can I Get a WHOOP WHOOP?


djquilting said...

I think Owen must have awesome parents too.

Kathy S. said...

Thank you. That is soooo kind of you to say. :)

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

I loved reading your post about Owen, Kathy! Jack's Basket is the perfect spot for your pretty quilts, and tell Owen he is a great quilt model! I made a quilt for Jack's Basket, too, and was so happy to send it along to them.

The Joyful Quilter said...

What a nice job of helping Mom with the quilt parade, Owen (and great batch of quilt finishes for Jack's Basket, Kathy!!"

Tammy said...

Love all the quilt. Congratulations to Owen! Keep up the good work as you move to middle school. You are amazing.