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img_1474Meet Emily…

the designer of Masterpiece Quilts

…who is also blessed with

Down Syndrome.

                                                                                                                   Needing a vocation after graduation, Emily’s mom Brenda stumbled upon an idea to help Emily have a hope and a future. Thus, Masterpiece Quilts was born!

                                                                                                              Every quilt is designed by Emily. She irons all the prairie points, helps sew each square and then each row together (with a tiny bit of help from mom), pulls all the pins, and smiles at the completion of each quilt top!                         Brenda finishes the quilt like a framer for the artist’s work.

                             Every quilt has a square that is different than the rest. This celebrates the extra chromosome that Emily was so lovingly given.

img_1377-copy                                                                                                                                                   We challenge you to take time and find the extra square in any quilt you examine. Have fun! And thank you for taking time to visit Masterpiece Quilts!

{ 27 comments }

Ginger October 26, 2009 at 7:37 AM

I’m so proud you are my sister and my niece. I love you both with all my heart. And tell Abe and Richard I love them as much too.

Dennis Godwin Tumusiime October 26, 2009 at 10:06 AM

Brenda,
This is great! What are you planning on this project?

Blessings!

sandra Bateman October 26, 2009 at 5:57 PM

Great, informative website. So how does one order a quilt and what are your prices? I have several babies expected this year in the extended family.

Sandy Dalles October 26, 2009 at 7:27 PM

Brenda and Emily, congratulations on getting your new website up!!! It is wonderful – just like both of you! – and I look forward to seeing so many more beautiful ‘Masterpiece’ creations! What a blessing and encouragement your testimony and life are…I am going to share your website with our director of Heart to Heart Pregnancy Center! I’m sure that God will use your website to bless many other mothers and children!! Love to you both, and Richard and Abe! Sandy

Magan Paulson October 27, 2009 at 1:57 AM

Brenda & Emily,
We love our Masterpiece Quilt! The quilt and its message brought our family a great deal of comfort when our baby girl was born. If anyone is looking for a very special gift for someone expecting or had a baby with DS these quilts are the greatest gift ever. It gives me hope that someday my daughter and I will find something we can do together as great as this. God has blessed your family and all who get one of your beautiful quilts.
Magan Paulson

Carol Schneider October 27, 2009 at 2:14 AM

I am so proud of you two! It’s such an honor to know your family.
I wish the best for your masterpiece quilts business. Blessings to you all!!!!!!!!
I am still working on putting together my pattern for the quilt I have ordered.
See you at lessons:)

Lisa Newland October 28, 2009 at 8:59 AM

Brenda and Emily, What a great website and beautiful quilts! Touches my heart to see and read of how God has and is leading you. Mungu awabariki sana!! (God bless you greatly!!)

Sandra Coulson October 30, 2009 at 3:21 AM

You two are great artists! How lovely these quilts are. I know they represent your time AND your LOVE. Thank you for letting me know about your site! Sandy

Kim Freeman November 2, 2009 at 6:04 AM

Brenda & Emily–

I loved the Masterpiece Quilt you made for my friend Sarah’s baby. Emily picked out the perfect colors and design. They even matched the color of the baby’s room (doesn’t get any better than that)!!!! 🙂
Sarah was thrilled with the quilt and took it to the hospital to wrap baby Elliana in it to bring her home–Thanks for your awesome talent and God given abilities. Love you both–kim

Julie Bergeron November 5, 2009 at 12:34 AM

I am so excited for you guys. Every time I look at your website it feels like I am being wrapped snugly in a blanket. It’s beautiful and so encouraging to see how the quilts are made and how they effect others that receive them.
I am praying for all you are doing through this very special endeavor.
Love and hugs to both of you!
Julie

Lori Haroldson January 6, 2010 at 2:24 PM

Brenda and Emily,
You both are so creative!! Let me know how I can order one!

Lydia Mubiru March 4, 2010 at 9:14 AM

Brenda,
This is good work. Emily is such a beautiful girl and am sure God is working all things together for her,that makes this business so different and unique.

khisa April 19, 2010 at 2:55 PM

Amazing!!!
This is really God’s gift.
Psalm 139:14. Fearfully and wonderfully made in God’s image i.e. Uniqueness in everything.
Great idea, I love the project.
May God use you more and more in His vineyard to be a blessing to many.
Love Robert.

Heather Combs August 30, 2010 at 7:40 PM

Dearest Emily & Brenda,
Hello new friends! We met you on Saturday at the Buddy Walk, & have enjoyed the gorgeous, meaningful & unique quilt you gave to us since. It was so special to meet you both and the quilt means so very much to us. It is absolutely priceless. We’ll be sharing your beautiful story & the love of our Lord, every time we wrap Isaac snug inside of it! 🙂
Thank you so much
God bless you both
*Warm* ((Hugz))
The Combs Clan

“The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” ~1Samuel 16:7

“So the Lord said to him, who has made man’s mouth? Or who makes the mute, the deaf, the seeing, or the blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now therefore go, and I will be your mouth and teach you what you shall say.” Exodus 4:11

“I am your creator. You were in my care even before you were born.” Isaiah 44:2

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you.” Jeremiah 1:5

“O Lord, you have searched me and you know me. For you created all of me; put me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Your works are wonderful; and I know it so well. My limbs were not hidden from you when I was put together in secret safety. When I was knit together in a dark place. Your eyes caressed my embryo, and all my days were already formed and written in your book before I lived even one of them.” Psalm 139:1 13-16

Joyce Fountaine August 31, 2010 at 11:13 AM

I love your site! You are an inspiration to me, a hobby quilter with too many things laying around here. God Bless You and may you have good results with this site!

Vanessa de la Pena February 28, 2011 at 10:11 PM

We just received the beautiful quilt for Haydee. We are excited to give it to them on Sunday. More orders will be coming your way.
Love,
Vanessa and family

Alexa August 28, 2011 at 2:27 AM

I think that what you & Emily do is absolutely amazing. I have a five year old cousin with Downs, he just started kindergarten! I can hardly wait to see what amazing things he’ll do as he grows up. Hopefully with what ever he does, he’ll do with as much pride as your daughter does!

webmaster September 3, 2011 at 5:16 PM

Thank you, Alexa! Children with Down Syndrome are a blessing from God! :0)

Elodia Selko November 4, 2011 at 8:47 PM

Dear Brenda and Emily, you don’t know me but, I called the “TTS” for service. It was not a coincidence that your husband/father came to service my clock, it was the LORD who sent him! Your husband asked if I had a son with Down Syndrome, I said yes. He must have noticed all my pictures of my family on the wall, (you can’t miss them) and noticed Ryan. We talked a few minutes about our families and he told me of Emily and your website, she is beautiful! The quilts are lovely, you must be sooo proud of Emily, and what you both are doing. I’m thinking I would like to order one for my grandson, Brody, who just turned 1 year old. I was wondering how much they cost, and, if you take any color requests? Thank you. We have been truly Blessed by God with a beautiful, perfect, child with DS. I truly believe Ryan is my Angel sent from heaven above, I know you must feel the same way. God Bless you and your family. In HIS name, Elodia and Ryan Jeremiah 1:5 , Psalms 139: 13-14.

Michelle September 18, 2012 at 2:16 AM

Thank you for your comment on my blog and linking back to the poem you wrote – it was beautiful…as is your daughter.

Kimberly Strong December 6, 2012 at 11:55 AM

I LOVE THIS! The quilts are amazing and the bond you have is just beautiful!

Alex December 6, 2012 at 6:39 PM

Emily, I love all the quilts that you make! Your work is so beautiful!!!

Donna Wenker December 10, 2012 at 6:55 PM

Hi!
I am happy to say that I received my purchase and was blown away by how beautiful each item is! The presentation was breathtaking! Thanks so much for sharing your talent and love with the rest of us! I am also thrilled to be able to help out Reece’s Rainbow!
I am ready to order another quilt!
Donna

Wanda Ward May 24, 2013 at 11:04 PM

Hi Brenda, this is Wanda from Sams. I just want you to know it was always great to see you and your beautiful daughter Emily come into the store!! I remember the 1st time we met years ago and your daughter came up to me and read my name that was so awesome!! And how you told me that you wanted her to learn. I cant remember your exact words, but I was so impressed with the great work you did with Emily. I will keep in touch with you. I will miss all the wonderful people I have met throughout the years of working there at sams thats for sure!!

Jacki Mattingly November 8, 2013 at 4:09 PM

Brenda and Emily,
What a beautiful Ministry you have and what a beautiful team you make. I am so proud to be able to say I know you both. A most touching story and creative way to celebrate the “extra”.
What a great family!

Cathy Brigham November 11, 2013 at 2:14 AM

Hi,
I just wanted to say how much my daughter and I enjoyed visiting your booth and admiring your wonderful quilts! What a blessing your family is to this world. 🙂
Thank You for sharing your gift.

Sara B January 14, 2014 at 7:21 PM

Hi, Brenda! I received your note yesterday (SMI) and wanted to thank you for including your website – what a blessing!

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