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Sep. 23, 2010 6:10 am 
Updated: Dec. 7, 2010 8:00 pm
Hello! Do you see that? I am "blue" now. How awesome is that? Anyway, I would like to share with you all, here, what I posted on my private blog, The 5th Sister, about the quilt. Enjoy.

Some of you may or may not know that I am a big fan of All Recipes. Before I discovered Facebook and before my blog I was a part of "The Exchange" (now called Recipe Buzz). Many of us foodies and like minded individuals congregated there to exchange ideas, hopes and dreams. It was there that the idea for The Quilt was born. Those of us that wanted to participate would piece together a block that represented us. These blocks would then be made into a beautiful tapestry from the world over.

Admittedly, as with all good intentions, sometimes things go awry. An original drawing was held. Allegations of impropriety ensued, followed by wounded feelings and bruised egos. The only solution that all could agree upon was to send the quilt, which represented the beauty of friendship and community, to All Recipes headquarters in Seattle, WA. It was there, a year later, that a new drawing was held. The winner of this work of art? The 5th Sister!

I found out this news while sitting in my husband's hospital room last week. It was like a ray of sunshine, from the heavens, in the middle of the tempest that was our week. I believe I cried when I realized the full impact of what just happened. The love and care that went into every single stitch of this work of art was heading my way when I needed it most. I wanted to shout the news out to the world but could not until it was made "official" by All Recipes.

The quilt arrived by Fed Ex Tuesday afternoon. It was packed with care and attention to detail. When I opened the box and pulled out the quilt I was awestruck. Photos do not do it justice. I poured over every single square remembering each person and the joys and heartaches we shared in our little community. I am humbled by the sheer magnitude of this gift of love.

I promised I would share photos so that those who participated would be able to see their blocks in this beautiful mosaic of friendship. My plan is to proudly display this quilt in my home. Please enjoy the photos.

(There's my block!)

I would like to give a shout out to Annie (aka "Kitten") who put together this labor of love. She did a fantastic job and I will be forever in a debt of gratitude for the generosity of her time and spirit that went into this undertaking. This quilt will be a treasured heirloom now and always.

Sep. 23, 2010 7:10 am
That was great! Thanks for sharing the quilt! Just beautiful! Everyone did a super job, especially Kitten. I would have participated, but the mail system here is horrible and probably would have not made it. I also wanted to tell you how much I use the 5th Sister Spice Mix you shared on AR. I use it all the time! Thanks for sharing!
Sep. 23, 2010 7:20 am
Gorgeous! I've 'heard' a lot about this quilt here (touchy subject, for awhile, it seemed!) but it's amazing. Every square looks fantastic! Excellent job, RE quilters!
Sep. 23, 2010 7:51 am
WOW! You did a great job taking close-up photos; really enjoyed seeing the whole quilt. The 'AR Community Quilt Project' is an amazing SUCCESS! Shows what can be accomplished when so many talented people come together in a positive way! Very impressive! Congrats again, and thanks so much for sharing!
Sep. 23, 2010 7:58 am
The quilt is beautiful! So glad it has a home!
Sep. 23, 2010 8:42 am
Fantastic blog!! Thanks for sharing the quilt with us 5th! Such awesome squares and beautifully put together, thanks Kitten!
Sep. 23, 2010 9:03 am
Sep. 23, 2010 9:07 am
Thanks for sharing your story here!!! Love the photos :)
Sep. 23, 2010 9:48 am
One of my biggest regrets is not contributing to this. When all the drama was going on, it wasn't a big deal but now that it's in the great 5th Sister's possession, I'm sad :( HOWEVER, I am so excited that Polly wound up with it. Yay Polly!
Sep. 23, 2010 10:22 am
A beautiful quilt! I came on the scene after the quilt, but have also heard comments. Glad to hear it's in good hands.
Sep. 23, 2010 10:24 am
Thanks for sharing:) great pictures and what a beautiful quilt.
Sep. 23, 2010 1:10 pm
So very beautiful and so inspiring! Like MB, I came to AR after the quilt. But, I send my "suare" to you in the form of Love and prayers. What a blessing.
Sep. 23, 2010 1:11 pm
That's "Square"
Sep. 23, 2010 2:39 pm
Im so glad the quilt has a wonderful home :) Thanks for posting the pictures! :) :) :)
Sep. 23, 2010 6:13 pm
Congrats 5th Sister! Glad to see some closure on this and a good home for it to finally reside in. The pics are beautiful and I see my square! Also, glad to hear that your hubby is getting along better.
Sep. 23, 2010 6:52 pm
Now this beautiful quilt has a great home~ All's well that ends well~ Enjoy!
Sep. 23, 2010 7:13 pm
Even though I had nothing to do with this quilt, I have heard much about it. Finally seeing it, the beautiful photos bring it to life, and brought tears to my eyes. Every picture sure does speak a thousand words...thanks for sharing your joy!
Sep. 24, 2010 3:18 am
I thought exactly the same thing, LB!!!!!
Sep. 25, 2010 8:09 am
I'm crying. I so happy for you. The quilt is beautiful and so are you. Every time you use you will have our love around you. Enjoy! Mag
Sep. 25, 2010 5:47 pm
Wonderful! I LOVED seeing the quilt and all the pretty blocks. I am so glad that it has found a home with you.
Sep. 26, 2010 5:27 am
You are right! This quilt is SUPERIOR. If you ever get out here in the Carolinas you would be amazed at the quilts available here. Esp. in the Mountains. Anyway this quilt is rightfully worth the bragging!!!! OUTSTANDING.......
Sep. 26, 2010 8:43 am
Gorgeous! I remember you in recipe exchange.
Sep. 26, 2010 8:44 am
To the "keeper of the quilt".. you have a lot of love and caring in your hands. I know it will be treasured and that it has found the place where it needs to be! Thank you for sharing your lovely tribute to the quilt and for the excellent photos.
Sep. 26, 2010 11:57 am
Thank you for sharing with us. Like many others was not involved with the creation of the quilt but it georgeous. For those who were involved in making it A JOB WELL DONE.
Sep. 26, 2010 8:49 pm
Thank you for sharing the pictures with us! I am so impressed by the creativity of all you that participated! 5th, I'm so glad to hear the story of the timing with this event. I do hope your husband is doing well.
Sep. 26, 2010 10:23 pm
I guess I totally missed all the drama about the quilt. I am not sad about that. Great to hear that it is resolved and the quilt is in good hands. It looks fun! Thanks for sharing pictures.
Sep. 27, 2010 2:51 am
Congratulations on winning the quilt! Thank you for sharing it with us-the photos are great. I didn't participate-I just had too much going on that summer-but would love to know about each block and the story that each block represents. I lived in a small town near Salina while raising my older children, so I imagine that you have an appreciation for the love and dreams, as well as amount of work, that goes into each quilt block.
Sep. 27, 2010 3:48 am
I think that it's a wonderful tribute to you, Polly, that you have taken such excellent photos and that also you have demonstrated so clearly your pride and delight in having it. And thank the heavens that all the nastiness has now been put behind us all! Thanks again.
Sep. 27, 2010 6:54 am
I know nothing about the drama included in the making/rules of the quilt (thank you, God!), but the end result is wonderful! I hope your husband is doing well, and you and he are getting the care both of you need.!
Sep. 27, 2010 8:12 am
As new member I know nothing about the quilt or the drama it originally caused---but I DO know about quilting and this one is amazing. Maybe another one could be planned and given to/auctioned for charity? Such talent!
Sep. 27, 2010 11:16 am
Wow, how can controversy be caused by a community labor of love, such as this? Shame on us!
Sep. 27, 2010 11:57 am
The controversy has been laid to rest, let's leave it there. Thank you Kitten for the inspiration and months of time assembling the quilt and thanks to all my AR peers who also contributed and a big thanks to Polly for sharing her great pictures.
Sep. 27, 2010 1:56 pm
Thank you for posting the beautiful pictures! Kitten did a fabulous job of putting it together. I'm so happy for you!
Sep. 27, 2010 2:42 pm
Goodness it feels like forever since I stitched together that square! I have left the AR community (just no time in life) but felt like looking today while perusing recipes. Glad I did because I am so so happy to see this quilt go to someone wonderful like Polly who I know will enjoy and treasure it.
Sep. 27, 2010 5:44 pm
it is so beautiful...congrats...and keep comfy...
Sep. 27, 2010 7:30 pm
I started hanging out in the RE/RB after the quilt episode and only knew what I picked up when someone would ask about it . . . I echo Wyattdogster in saying that I got teary looking at the pictures and seeing so many of my friends in this beautiful piece of work/art/love . . .
Sep. 27, 2010 8:21 pm
Wow -- what a gorgeous quilt, and what a commemorative thing to have! I found the RE just as the final dates for sending in squares was approaching. I didn't know much about it, and didn't think I'd have time, but I really with I'd sent a square now! Enjoy!!!!
Sep. 28, 2010 7:30 am
The quilt is absolutely beautiful. Kitten did a fantastic job. 5thSister your pics are great. Thank You ♥
Sep. 28, 2010 8:29 am
What a lovely tribute to the power of caring and good people. I don't care about the drama and don't know anything about it, which is a good thing.. but it seems to have all been worth it after seeing these results. To say I'm blown away by the talent on this site is an understatement. To all that contributed to this quilt - good job! I'd love to see AR publish a story about this on their website, or magazine. This is just wonderful!
Sep. 28, 2010 9:57 am
I don't think this could have come at a better time. Three blogs about the friendship here at AR in the top blog :) I am so happy that it meant so much to you and your family. I came along after the quilt was made, but it is so cool to see this beauty and many of my cyber friends in color. Bless you and enjoy this cozy tribute to friendship.......
Sep. 28, 2010 2:54 pm
I wish you the best 5th Sister! It couldn't have had a more beautiful ending.
Sep. 29, 2010 5:56 pm
Congratulations! I'm glad it has a good home where it will be cherished - thanks for the blog.
Nov. 7, 2010 6:39 pm
WOW! I had only heard that there was drama about a quilt, and I didn't know what the drama was or what the quilt was. Now I know! Thanks for sharing, AR rocks!
Nov. 29, 2010 2:03 am
Finally getting back to AR to see the pictures. Thanks for posting them Polly. Thanks to Annie and everyone else who helped make this art.
Dec. 7, 2010 8:00 pm
After my absence here, I was so curious to see whatever happened with the quilt (I recall when they first started asking for patches to be sent in.) Belated congrats on being the winner - I haven't read over all the comments yet but I hope all is well in your family now and I know it went to a wonderful home. Thanks for all the detailed pics - its absolutely beautiful!
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I'm a busy home schooling mom who also happens to work part time. I enjoy cooking and coming up with new ways to prepare family friendly meals. I am a "tweaker" and my husband likes to say that I never read a recipe that I didn't want to change! For more about 5thsister, be sure to visit my blog:
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Anything Savory! Anything Greek! Lately, however, I've begun to explore bread baking with the help of a new bread machine. I love experimenting with all the pizza crust recipes on this site and with the help of Allrecipes, I've learned how to grill a pizza like a pro!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Thanksgiving is especially important to us. I'm a traditionalist and our typical holiday meal includes roast beer-basted turkey (with herbed butter medallions between the meat and skin), grilled asparagus, and a stuffing to die for. Of course, before we can even partake of the feast the family and I compete in the local 5K "Turkey Trot" so we can rationalize making pigs of ourselves. Our other tradition is serving shrimp and seafood on Christmas Eve just after Mass.
My cooking triumphs
Over 10 years ago, My family and I fell in love with a tzatziki sauce served at a local greek restaurant. Through years of trial and error in trying to duplicate this delectable cucumber/yogurt concoction, I finally achieved perfection. I make it often but have yet to take the time to actually measure the dry ingredients involved. When I do, I will be sure to share! Another success is my often requested homemade salsa. Goes great as an accompaniment to my famous goat cheese quesadillas.
My cooking tragedies
Oh, there are many. A few standouts are... During a middle school sleepover my friend and I had the great idea to prepare chipped beef on toast for a midnight snack. We thought we'd fancy things up a bit and used food coloring to change the color of the white sauce... it became a nasty shade of "booger green"... In High School, while preparing a quick dinner for my dad, I cooked a frozen pizza and the crust was terribly tough; in fact, it was not edible. The problem was that I had not noticed the circle of cardboard used with the packaging prior to baking... Attempting fancy mashed potatoes with garlic, cheese and spinach. I should have stirred in the spinach at the end, instead I used my mixer and blended everything together...another dish succumbing to the color of "booger green". Finally, the typical 1st Thanksgiving dinner mishap: mistakingly leaving the giblets (in it's paper bag) inside the cavity during roasting.
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