Saturday, October 30, 2010

LIfe is short- Pray Hard!

Hello! Stash Manicurists!

I am Hillbilly from Hillbilly Handiworks.
Please, feel free to call me "Hillbilly".
It's who I am!
You can visit my blog RIGHT HERE.

Upon the hill, sit a spell with me!~

When given the opportunity to be a guest blogger, 
I thought, what am I going to show you about my stash?
I am working on re-organizing,
and I bet you've NEVER seen it done this way before!!
But, sadly, it isn't ready for you to see quite yet.
So, I guess I'll have to come back at some later
 date and keep you in suspense until then!

So, I pondered....What to share? What to share?
A tutorial? No..I've some new ones in the works,
but they aren't ready either.
Then, I decided, that I  just had to share my
 most popular quilt story with you. 
Sit back, grab a box of tissues, and read along:

I would like to add, that you just never know
when someone enters your life what a lasting
impression they have on you...

Meet Logan

Logan was born December 27, 1990.
And when Logan came into this world...he had strength and determination from
 day one. The doctors said he wouldn't live more than 72 hours. Ha! He showed them!

Here is a picture of him and some of his buddies. I love this picture because they are all so young and cute!
One thing about Logan...he always was smiling! 
While contemplating this blog over the last couple of weeks, I have been thinking of some of my favorite "Logan" memories. 
He LOVED church! I remember walking into the sanctuary once during the week, (when all was quiet around the church), and going to the back and sitting in a pew. The pastor would turn on the sound system and let Logan preach to his hearts content. You see, Logan wanted to be a preacher when he grew up. 
Another favorite memory is when I took the Sunday school class fishing. Only one person caught a fish. That one person was Logan, of course!
Here he is fishing with his grandparents:

Another favorite memory just makes me giggle. Logan was so excited because he was getting new wheels. Motorized wheels! I remember not long after, asking his mom how he liked them. She was so frazzled! Seems he liked those new fast wheels just fine! She, on the other hand, did not enjoy chasing him down the aisles at Wal-Mart. LOL, I can just see him speeding up and giggling, with her following telling him to slow down! 
Logan's parents are wonderful. 

One of Logan's favorite things to do was work with his dad on the farm. Harvest time was his favorite time when he could hang out with his dad on the grain truck. Him and his daddy were buds. For a time, I worked at our local small town convenience store. I just loved it when Logan and his dad would come into town for this or that. I would make people wait in line so I could go out and chat with him a moment and get a
 "Logan Smile Fix." 

When Logan got older, he got involved in high school band. He loved it! By this time, I had moved away from our home town, and I am so sad that I missed out on watching him play! 

Just recently I got the opportunity to make a quilt using all of Logan's favorite t-shirts, as well as a lot of his photos. (please excuse the 'hillbilly'watermark across the first photo.  I put it on there and I guess I no longer have to original to get it back off!)

(At this point I need to point out that yes, it is 'wrinkly'. This was done on a tight budget. When doing a t-shirt quilt, you should iron medium weight fusible interfacing on the back of each shirt. Since we have around 50 shirts here, that would have cost a pretty penny. Secondly, since it is front and back, --besides lacking the interfacing!-- we couldn't machine quilt it. I used a method of tacking it down that is similar to hand tyeing. You just use the machine to run a few short stitches where the ties would be. The quilt owner wasn't after perfection...just memories.)

While cutting and sewing Logan's T-shirts, one stood out to me more than any of the others:

You see, Logan went home to be with his Lord on March 29, 2008. He was 17 yrs old. 
I just have to wonder what Logan is doing right now? Greeting people as they enter heaven's gates, the same as he did every Sunday morning at church? Or, perhaps playing in Heaven's band? 
Whatever Logan's doing right now, you can be sure--he's smiling!!

I close with a reminder straight from Logan's T-shirt:

Life is Short. Pray Hard. Read the Book.


  1. Good Morning Hillbilly. I sat upon your hill and I was lifted by your LOGAN story. Those words will always have a new meaning for me. Life is Short, Pray Hard. Read the book! Wow! In Logan's short life he will forever live in the hearts he has touched. He is only gone from this world, but not in all the beating hearts he left behind. Children like Logan are really gifts that we can embrace for such a short time. Thank your for embracing us all with this lovely post. blessings

  2. I have had a wonderful cry with your sharing of a smile that bless so many. I have known 2 young men who so blessed my space and I hope they are along side Logan smiling down us.

  3. Thank you for sharing a story that touched this quilters heart.Your quilt for his family was a great gesture.

  4. Thank you Hillybilly for sharing your lovely story of Logan. What a remarkable young man. That last photo of him is great. He looks so happy. What a wonderful memory quilt.

  5. Wow! Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful story. Logan is a very special boy, who touched many hearts. My husbands little brother passed away when he was 15 yrs old. He was also a very special boy. He had leukemia and through all his stuggles, he was the funniest and cutest boy ever. This story just reminded me of him. Thank you for sharing with us. It really made me thankful for everything I have and that I'm am blessed everyday. Hugs Ariane

  6. What a beautiful soul! How very lucky you were to have Logan touch your life and then share him to touch ours!
    Thank you for your beautiful blog!

  7. Amen, thank you such a beautiful story and reminder of life's true meaning!

  8. Thank you for bringing Logan's story to us. A good reminder of what is important.

  9. Thank You for sharing Logans Story, he was indeed a special person an d gift from God. Bless his Parents and Grandparents and all who shared his life.

  10. How can you not smile when you see that last picture. He radiates love and happiness! What a great reminder on how to live life! I will go into the weekend with a grateful heart and a big smile because of this. Thanks for sharing his story!

  11. Thank you for sharing the story of a beautiful life.

  12. What a special post. Thanks for the reminder that we need to keep all things in perspective. Linda

  13. Thanks for sharing that wonderful story. I'm going to post that saying on my facebook page and see what happens. BTW looking forward to seeing stash hillbilly style. Bless you

  14. What a wonderful young man! Thank you for sharing his story.

  15. What a lovely post! Thanks for sharing such a heart warming story!!!!

  16. What a great entry about an amazing young man ,Thankyou for sharing Jan xx

  17. Thanks for your permission. I just shared the story on facebook along with the quote.

  18. Thank you for sharing. It made my day.

  19. Wow, I am touched beyond words of how my boy Logan touched so many lives. I know how very much he changed mine, but to know that he is still living strong in other peoples memories mean the world to me. I can't thank you enough first of all for making the quilt for me, but for letting his story be told so others can be blessed by him as well. Love, Logan's mom!!!

  20. What a touching post and a lovely tribute to a special and courageous young man!

  21. Thank you for the beautiful story, it make you stop and think, he is such a beautiful person. Thanks again!

  22. My eyes teared up as I read this. I seem to be touched by stories of loss today in the blogging world. It puts in mind the words form the song "God is trying to tell me something". My own 5year anniversary of my last chemo is Nov 5th and my motto has always been "just Live." Its why my blog is called Lucky Duck Dreams-I am the Lucky Duck and being here is one of my dreams. Thanks for the story.

  23. Logan was a very special boy with amazing parents. What an eternal tribute to what God can do in the life of one young man with a frail body, but very strong spirit. Your ministry of service touches hearts. Thank you for warming the heart of my beautiful cousin, Susie.

  24. That Logan smile is something I will never forget. I was fortunate enough to be his teacher for his 5th grade year. I keep many memories of his laughter, smiles and mischieveous twinkle in his eye. Thanks for sharing his quilt. That is really neat! Debi

  25. Lovely story, lovely quilt *sniff*!

  26. Thank you, Dear Hillbilly
    Love the story, love YOU. I always look forward to your brightness.
    Blessings to you and thank YOU for sharing Logan with so many who needed his special charm today


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