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In April 2013, quilting legend and beloved quilt teacher, author, and designer, Libby Lehman had a brain aneurysm and subsequent stoke. After months of dire prognosis and being kept on life support, they slowly tried to wake her. She was there…but she was not there. Gradually Libby was able to begin therapy but it wasn’t long before she communicated that she wanted to die. She stopped eating. There were consultations with the family and the doctors. They agreed to put her into hospice care. After about six weeks of minimal food intake and depression, Libby, with laborious effort, said to her sister, “This dying thing isn’t working out. I want to live and I want to go back to therapy.”
It was during these dark days that Clara Lawrence organized a celebrity quilt auction to raise money for the mounting medical bills. The fund-raiser quilts were on display at the International Quilt Festival in Houston. I made a quilt for that auction, but I also bought a quilt…this quilt! It is made by my dear friend, the uber talented Susan Cleveland—the piping hottie herself.
Libby continued her recovery and eventually was able to walk on her own. She continues to improve. And while she no longer is able to quilt or teach, she and her husband Lester enjoy living life to the fullest. Libby, who has always been inspirational—still inspires us today.
TRY THE JIGSAW PUZZLE
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