From:  Dawn (STARRY1ST)    Jun-4, 2003
Hi, thought you guys might want to see
the quilt that my quilting buddies
and I have been making for Laci's family. 
RTE66 sent me a couple of
blocks and I've made a couple of them.
The rest were from a quilting forum
I go to.  It's only half way put together,
it's what I've been working on today.
I should have the rest of it done tomorrow.
Then it's going to Columbus, Ohio, for one
very gracious lady to quilt and bind it.
I hope it gives Sharon, Dennis, Brent,
Amy and Ron some comfort.
I just wanted to add that the colors were picked
as pink for Laci and blue for Connor, but we
didn't want it to look like a baby quilt so
the pattern is the "Friendship Star".
I am sashing it with a blue/black check and
have pink/burgundy floral fabric for a
border. Will probably add a second border,
but not sure of the fabric yet.
Probably in a dark blue, though.
From:  _KAT    Jun-4, 2003
It's beautiful, Dawn!
You guys are wonderful.

From:  Dawn (STARRY1ST) Jun-4, 2003
Thanks, Kat. It's just something I had to do.
Fortunately, my quilting buddies thought it
was a great idea, too.
Lots of people contributed blocks.
From:  MARY165    Jun-4, 2003
Starry, the quilt is looking very beautiful.
This is a lot for you to tackle with a bad back.
Good job! The Rochas should really
appreciate the efforts of the quilters.

From:  Dawn (STARRY1ST) Jun-4, 2003
Thanks, Mary. I think it's beautiful. :-)
Laci just means so much to me, I was just
thinking how I would love to have known her and to
have made a baby quilt for Conner, instead.....
sigh....... The girl who is going to quilt it, is going
to put a medallion on the back and post who it's
from, the states and is going embroider a
SunBonnet Sue and Suspender Sam  (small
for Conner) with a little poem or the words to a
"brown eyed girl", which was sung at her memorial.
Now all the world can enjoy it
with your pictures.

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The Finished Memory Quilt is BELOW
along with a letter from Sharon Rocha
From: Dawn (STARRY1ST)
December 10, 2003

The labels on the back are a poem
and the other is a picture of Laci with
the quilt information documented, such
as the date, the organization who made it
and the individual quilters names or hats.

Many people put hours of time and work
and love into this and I just know it will
help the Rochas in their grief,
especially this time of year.

It was mailed this morning to the webmaster
at and it will be
given to someone from the Sund/Carrington
foundation to present to Sharon.  I understand
the foundation is in contact with Sharon daily.

“I’ll lend you for a little time, a child of mine,“
He said,  For you to love while she lives,
and mourn when she is dead.

It may be six or seven years, or twenty-two
or three, But, will you, until I call her back,
take care of her for me?

She’ll bring her charms to gladden you,
and shall her stay be brief,
You’ll have her lovely memories
as solace for your grief.

I cannot promise she will stay, since all from
Earth return, But there are lessons taught down
there that I want this child to learn.

I’ve looked the world wide over in my search for
teachers true  And from the throngs that crowd
life’s lanes, I have selected you.

Now will you give her all your love, nor think the
labor vain  Nor hate me when I come to call,
to take her back again?

I fancied when I heard them say, “Dear Lord,
Thy will be done. For all the joy thy child shall
bring, the risk of grief we’ll run.

We’ll shelter her with tenderness, we’ll love her
while we may;  And for the happiness we’ve
known, will ever grateful stay.

But shall the angels call for her much sooner
than we planned, We’ll brave the bitter grief
that comes, and try to understand.”
Hi Dawn,

I received the quilt that all of you made. 
I want you to know that I absolutely love it. 
I appreciate so much your kindness and
consideration.  I show it to everyone who
comes to my house.  I am so proud of it. 
I know all of you spent many hours putting
this together and we appreciate it so much.

There are so many wonderful people in this world. 
It is people like all of you who have helped us
get through this horrific time.  We will never
get over losing Laci and Conner but
your thoughtfulness helps to ease the pain.

Thank you so much.

Sharon Rocha
and all of Laci's family