Quilts for Cure’s UFO Disposal Service

Hey Quilters!

What happens when you lose steam on a project? Does it get buried in a box or basket, tucked away where it languishes until your next sewing room purge? Then what? Do you stare at it for awhile, unable to move forward with it but unable to (gasp) throw it in the bin? As a solution, I’d like to introduce Quilts for Cure’s UFO Disposal Service!

If you listen to American Patchwork and Quilting’s Talk Show with Pat Sloan, then you know that one of the segments this week was on this very topic– Unfinished Objects. Now that she has inspired you to clean out those baskets, we want to enable you to let go of some of those UFO’s that are holding you back. Whether you’ve only completed 12 blocks out of 25, or your skills have improved leaving a quilt top behind with messy points and wonky seam, or your tastes have simply changed, we want your quilt tops! For a small donation, we will finish the tops and donate the completed quilt to one of the 40,000 US kids currently in treatment for pediatric cancer.

What: Quilt tops (no blocks, please– sew them together into a top) of at least 24×36 inches

Why: To lighten your load of UFOs and to wrap a child who is fighting for his or her life in a quilt of love and comfort

How much money? : A minimum donation of $25 per quilt top is requested. You can either tuck a check into your box when you mail the top or you can donate online here and put a note in the comment box about how many quilt tops you will be sending. All donations are tax deductible.

Where do I send it? : Address your box/polymailer to: Quilts for Cure PO Box 1831 Duluth, GA 30096

What about batting,  backing, and binding? : While you do not have to send anything but your quilt top, we are also happy to accept donations of batting (at least 80% cotton), backing/binding fabric (100% cotton), and thread (Aurifil 50wt or Superior Threads 50wt, cotton or poly). They can be sent to the same address above.

Be sure to follow @QuiltsForCure on Facebook and Instagram and to subscribe to our Newsletter so that you can see all of these once-abandoned projects come back to life to encourage and warm cancer-fighting kiddos!

Happy Quilting,

HollyAnne

PS Be sure to share about QFC’s UFO Disposal Service with your quilty friends, guild, local quilt shop, etc!!

PPS If you’re new to Quilts for Cure, here are some facts you should know: 16,000 children are diagnosed with cancer in the US each year (that’s 42 today, and at least one while you are reading this). About 40,000 children in the US are in treatment for cancer at any given time. Less that 4% of the National Cancer Institute’s annual budget goes toward researching pediatric cancer, even though some cancers, like DIPG have a 0% survival rate. Quilts for Cure exists to provide these kids with quilts now to encourage them as they fight, to educate quilters about pediatric cancer, and to raise money so these kids can have a future through better research, better treatments, and, ultimately, a cure.

Introducing Leopold the Longarm

Leopold the Longarm, quite at home dominating my sewing room

Hello everyone!

As you may have seen on social media this weekend, I have some terribly exciting news! A generous quilter named Sally donated a Tin Lizzie 18 longarm to Quilts for Cure, and we picked it up and set it up on Saturday!

Close up of Leo with a practice piece/baby quilt loaded on the frame, ready for quilting

For those of you who don’t quilt, a long arm, sometimes called a “quilting machine,” is a large sewing machine set on a frame so as to quilt very efficiently. When quilting on a domestic (“normal”) sewing machine, you have to push and shove and scrunch the bulk of the quilt through the harp or throat (the space between the needle and the machine), and that slows things down a good bit (hence why I’m still quilting the #OperationSmiley quilts all these months later). With a longarm, the machine moves across the quilt, and it’s much faster.

Practicing stitches and motifs

This longarm, who I’m affectionately calling Leopold, is a game changer for Quilts for Cure. It will make it easier to complete quilts and get them out to kids in treatment. It will make it easier for me to test ideas for Quilt Alongs (like the one coming soon). And, if y’all are game, it might even give me the courage to tackle another #OperationSmiley next February.

Completed practice piece which will be a baby quilt for donation

I’ve been working hard on my machine quilting skills, so Sunday I put them through their paces to see how things translated into working on Leopold. I was so pleased with the results, that I’ve squared it up and will put a nice blue binding on it to make a baby boy quilt. Yesterday, I finished piecing #OperationSmiley quilt #8 and loaded it up. By george, I’m spoiled already– the whole thing was quilted in just an hour or so! I can’t wait to bind it, and get going on #9!

Operation Smiley Quilt #8

 

 

I hope y’all are as excited as I am! Thank you, Sally!!

ACTION ITEMS

  1. Make a Quilt to give to one of the 40,000 children in treatment for pediatric cancer in the United States
  2. Give money to Quilts for Cure so that we can make more quilts and contribute to research for a cure
  3. Spread the word with everyone you know about Quilts for Cure– share on your social media, with your quilt guild, etc.

Oh, and a quick update on Abri– Her family received the most marvelous news this weekend that she has NOT relapsed! It’s a bit complicated as to why the original test results were  misleading, but this is wonderful, wonderful news. As she is still facing several surgeries to repair her leg and replace the bone that Ewings Sarcoma destroyed, two fabulous quilters, Amy and Jen, are collaborating to make her a quilt to keep her cozy through the rest of her recovery.

More soon!

HollyAnne

Quilts for Cure Action Items

2017 Quilt Along Preview

Hello, Everyone! 

Thank you for your patience– we continue to be busy behind the scenes, and I wanted to take a few minutes to update y’all about what we have coming up and how you can help our cause today and moving forward.

If you’re new to the Quilts for Cure website, Welcome! We are a 501(c)(3) organization that seeks to raise awareness about childhood cancer, honor children who are fighting or who have fought for their lives against this terrible disease, provide children in treatments with quilts for warmth and encouragement, and fundraise for a CURE. We are mobilizing quilters and others outside the immediate experience of childhood cancer to come around these kids and their families as support and strength.

This quilt is shipping out to a 3 month old baby girl who starts chemo this week

QUILTS

You can both request a quilt for a child or donate a quilt to a child by clicking HERE. We are building a network of treatment hospitals across the country, so we will help you donate your quilt to the hospital nearest you or connect you with a specific child’s request.

QUILT ALONG

If you are a quilter, mark your calendars for mid-July when we will begin our first Quilt Along! I’m working on a sample quilt now (you can see it in progress at the top), and am totally in love! It’s a simple block that allows us to play with color, and there will be three size options depending on the fabric and time you are able to invest. Of course, we will encourage you to donate the quilt when it is finished, and we are inviting sponsors to make financial pledges per quilt so that by donating your quilt you will also be securing more money for pediatric cancer research. Isn’t that amazing?? I’m so excited!

This quilt is part of the E Pluribus Unum Project and will honor children from Florida who have fought or are fighting for their lives against childhood cancer

OTHER NEEDS

Financial : In order to get as many people involved in the quilt along as possible, we want to get creative about spreading the word. Plus, we want to make sure that there’s cool swag available for all of you that tells the world about Quilts for Cure and that you are a proud supporter of kids with cancer. In short, we need money to get this show on the road to as many people as possible. Please give now to show your support and help us have a bigger impact!

Eyeballs : Share this post. Help us get the word out about the prevalence of childhood cancer, the desperate need for better treatment options, and the need to rally support around these families. So, please, Share, share, share!

Travel Points : Do you travel a lot for work and have lots of hotel and airline points? We can use those points to visit quilt guilds and organizations across the country and encourage them to join our fight against childhood cancer. Email john (at) quiltsforcure.org to donate your points.

In reality, there are many more needs I could list here because childhood cancer is so big and terrible,  and there’s so much fighting to do. But I’ll focus on these needs for now. Spread the word. Make a donation. Make a quilt. Join the quilt along. Share your travel points. 

43 kids were diagnosed with cancer today. And yesterday and tomorrow. Last week, one of those kids was a three month old baby girl in Ohio. The fear and suffering her family is facing right now is unacceptable. We send a quilt for comfort and as a symbol that we are fighting with her, with them. Join the fight!

You can find us on Facebook and Instagram @quiltsforcure, and please be sure to sign up for our newsletter which will launch soon.

For the kids,

HollyAnne

President and Chair

PS Remember that we are a 501(c)(3) organization, so all of your donations are tax deductible.

Friday Fighter: Derek Cantor, 5 months

Derek Cantor

Hey Everyone,

Today I want to share with you a little bit about Derek Cantor’s short, extremely difficult fight with Rhabydosarcoma. I want to give you a head’s up, though, that this muscular cancer is difficult to view in its later stages. I want to show you the heartbreaking pictures of Derek’s fight because it is important that we understand the pain and gravity of his cancer, but please use discretion– especially if your own children are nearby.

Derek’s Bookshelf Quilt; Pieced and Quilted by Vicki Holloway

I learned about Derek’s story a couple of weeks ago and asked Board Secretary Vicki to finish a quilt for him. We agreed that the quilt should be larger than baby sized because we knew it was likely that little Derek’s battle would end before his quilt arrived. In this instance, we hope that this quilt, which heads their way tomorrow, will bring comfort to his parents as they grieve their little boy.

Rhabydosarcoma

Derek Cantor was born on November 17, 2016. When he was born, he already had rhabydosarcoma tumors on his chin and neck. This muscular cancer is made of cells that should have developed into Derek’s skeletal muscles, but instead they became cancer. From birth, Derek endured aggressive treatments for several months before entering hospice care this spring. As his tumors progressed, they caused him extreme pain, even blistering his skin and making it painful to be held. Derek passed away in his sleep on April 23, 2017.

ACTION ITEMS:

1) GIVE Donations to CURE Childhood Cancer help fund research to find more effective treatments for childhood cancers. In the Comments box of your gift, include this information: “For childhood cancer research in memory of Derek Cantor. #QuiltsforCure”

2) QUILT About 40 children will be diagnosed with cancer today, tomorrow, and the next day… If you are a quilter, please make a simple, heartfelt gift of comfort for one or more of these kids. You can learn more on our Donate Now page.

3) SHARE Spread the word about Quilts for Cure so that we can honor more kids, distribute more quilts, and make a bigger impact fighting against childhood cancer!

#morethan4

HollyAnne

Introducing the Quilts for Cure Board of Directors

Operation Smiley Quilt #4

Hello, everyone!

Today I’d like to introduce you to the Quilts for Cure Board of Directors! First, though, a quick update: Azalia received her quilt! Thank you so much for responding to the call to action, Mina! Azalia is in the hospital now for her fourth round of chemo, and she has a treasure of a quilt on her bed keeping her warm.

Azalia and her quilt

Now, more business-y things: The Board of Directors met for the first time last week, voted to incorporate Quilts for Cure, approved the Bylaws, and the 501(c)(3) paperwork has been filed at last! If you’ll indulge me, I’d like to introduce us each to you. This information is also available on the “Our Team” page of the website.

HollyAnne Knight, President and Chair of the Board

HollyAnne Knight (me), President and Chair of the Board.

HollyAnne Knight is the creative visionary behind the E Pluribus Unum Project and Quilts for Cure. As an artist, she has worked with many mediums, from watercolors to oil paints to wool and now fabric. She believes that all of her creative experiences influence her quilting, giving her a unique and ever-developing approach and style. Her work has been displayed at both the City of Duluth’s City Hall and at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. She is a mother of two, teacher, and entrepreneur, which are key to the heart and operations of this project. In addition to creating the E Pluribus Unum Quilts, HollyAnne serves as social media manager, content writer, primary networker, and quilting instructor. She is excited to use all of her skills to bring “more love and less fear” (Claire Brewster) to the the children and families fighting pediatric cancer and to engage other creatives in that mission as well.

Instagram: @stringandstory

String & Story: www.stringandstory.com

Andi Barney, Treasurer

Andi Barney, Treasurer.

Andi learned to sew in 2008, after she had brain surgery and was stuck at home by herself for two months.  She took a beginner class, and off she went! Turns out garment sewing is not her skill set, but once she found out she was pregnant shortly after, making her first quilt for the nursery lit a fire in her that she had never known.  For many years, quilting for others provided an extra income for her family while she homeschooled her son, Aaron, who is now 7.  The Barneys still homeschool, and quilting is just a part of everyday life for them.

In 2009, she was a founding member and founding President of the Atlanta Modern Quilt Guild, and served on the board for 4 years.  She is the immediate Past President of the East Cobb Quilters’ Guild, Georgia’s largest guild, and previous 1st Vice President, Publicity Chair, Quilt Show Publicity Chair, and current Quilt Show Entry Chair.

In 2015, her dear friend Brie Klug bought Red Hen Fabrics, and they became co-owners of the quilt shop.  She is also the owner and certified master technician of Atlanta NW Sewing Machine Service, which is located inside of Red Hen Fabrics.  In addition, Andi and Brie have a pattern and pre-fused, laser cut applique company called M.F.E.O. (Made For Each Other) that they launched earlier this year, and will be taking to market in Spring 2018.  Because they don’t like to sit still, Andi and her husband also have a laser engraving and sublimation company, Lasting Impressions, that they have expanded this year.   All these aspects of quilting have given her many opportunities to travel and do guild lectures and workshops, work with many organizations, and contribute to community service.

Instagram: @atlantanwsewingmachineservice

Atlanta NW Sewing Machine Services – www.vintage-stitch.com

Red Hen Fabrics – www.Redhenfabrics.com

M.F.E.O. – coming soon

Lasting Impressions – www.atlantalaserengraving.com

Vicki Holloway, Secretary

Vicki has spent over 20 years as a nurse. She has worked with many clients over the years, helping them cope with illness and the unintended consequences of being ill. Cancer affects not only the person who is diagnosed but also the family and community of people whose lives are touched by it. In addition, quilting has been a life long passion of Vicki’s. She started out by making simple square quilts with her mother from polyester fabric and tying them with yarn. Vicki continues to quilt every day and believes quilting is a way to give a symbolic hug to someone. A quilt is a physical representation of love and caring. Teaching and making quilts is a way that Vicki enjoys sharing with others and to give hope to those touched by pediatric cancer.  She wants the cycle of caring and giving to continue. It is truly greater to give than receive…. and to be part of something much larger than ourselves.

Instagram: @Vickilholloway

My Creative Corner3: https://mycreativecorner3.wordpress.com

Operation Smiley Quilt #4

Andi and Vicki are two of my BQFs (best quilty friends), and I am so delighted that they are on our board. Quilts for Cure is in wise, generous, and enthusiastic hands with these lovely women on board. Thank you, Andi and Vicki!!

ACTION ITEMS:

1) Sign up for our newsletter. Starting sometime in May, it will be the way I communicate the most regular updates about fundraising, the number of quilts we have distributed, etc.

2) Your Story Does your child have cancer? We would love to share your story on Friday Fighters and find a quilter to send a quilt to your family. Please email me at hollyanne (at) quiltsforcure.org

3) SHARE Please share our website, blog posts, and social media information on your website, blog post, and media information. The success of Quilts for Cure will be in many, many people coming together as a network of advocates for our children. In addition to www.quiltsforcure.org, you can find us on @quiltsforcure on Facebook and Instagram.

Thank you, everyone! Keep fighting!

HollyAnne

 

Friday Fighter: Amazing Kate Amato, Age 11

 

#AmazingKate

Dear Friends,

I knew that Quilts for Cure would someday exist for about two years before I knew exactly what it would be or when it would get started. In February, we launched with #OperationSmiley in memory of the beautiful Kylie Myers. This week, we held our first board meeting and filed the 501(c)(3) paperwork!

In that two year interim between Kylie’s passing and launching Quilts for Cure, I continued to learn about childhood cancer and the beautiful families it devastates. Today’s fighter, Kate Amato, was one of the fights I followed. I cheered for Kate, and now I continue cheering for her family.

Kate was diagnosed with alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma, an aggressive soft tissue cancer, in 2014. She fought hard for two years, winning the hearts of over 20,000 people on her Facebook page. Her smile, her humor, and her generosity are captivating. On November 30, 2016, we all joined her family’s grief as Kate’s battle ended.

Kate and Caroline

Today, Kate’s family continues to fight. Her younger sister Caroline is an outspoken sibling advocate with TheTruth365. Kate’s family is also in the midst of an important Kickstarter Campaign called Kate’s Crusade. Kate’s Crusade is a proposed video game for kids fighting cancer. Studies show that visualization can affect reality, so the premise of this game is that kids can take ownership of their cancer fight, picture their treatments working, and maybe even impact their real-life battle.

Kate loved animals!

ACTION ITEMS:

1) COMMENT: Leave a note of encouragement for the Amato family as they continue to fight against childhood cancer in Kate’s memory.

2) GIVE Pledge $10 to Kate’s Crusade or give $10 to CURE Childhood Cancer in Kate’s honor. When you give, be sure to include this information: “In honor of Amazing Kate Amato #quiltsforcure.”

3) QUILT We have hospital partners in several states who are ready to receive quilts for their patients. In addition, we often receive quilt requests from individual families, and we pair them with a quilter. Get on board by visiting our Give a Quilt page or emailing hollyanne (at) quiltsforcure.org

Fight on,

HollyAnne

Friday Fighter: Azalia Taylor, age 13

Welcome back, y’all!

I met a lovely young lady on Instagram yesterday by the name of Azalia Taylor, and I had to introduce her to y’all right away! Azalia is 13 years old, she lives in Puerto Rico, and she is fighting for her life against an Endodermal Sinus Tumor. This type of cancer is most common in boys under three, so for it to appear in a tween girl is very unusual. Azalia was diagnosed in December 2016 and had a softball size tumor removed. Now, she is undergoing chemotherapy. Azalia is passionate about clean eating and her personal relationship with God. She credits both for her great joy and hopeful outlook as she continues treatment.

#OperationSmiley Quilt in Progress

When Azalia commented on one of the Quilts for Cure Instagram photos yesterday (shown above), she said something so beautiful:

“I want to learn how to make quilts! They are so cool and individual and unique… none are the same. Just like every cancer is not the same for everyone!”

Azalia’s friend Dylan shaved his head in solidarity

I also asked her to write about her experience having cancer so that I could share it with y’all:

“I just turned 13, but I was diagnosed at 12. My live was cool but getting a cancer diagnosis has changed everything forever! It has invaded my life, and I see it as an unwanted intruder. I’m a tween! i would have never guessed in a million years that I would be diagnosed with cancer. yet, here I am, and although my world is different now, I will NOT let it take away my trust and love for my Heavenly Father, or my desires and hopes, or my joy and happiness!! It has made me more aware of who I am– a cancer warrior, and that comes from within me. I will NOT be discouraged!! So, I want others to know that cancer can change things, but it doesn’t define who I am!”

“My beautiful Caribbean Sea!! Life is good!!”

You are a BEAUTIFUL ROCKSTAR, Azalia! I’m following Azalia on Instagram, and I’ll keep y’all updated as she kicks cancer’s butt!

ACTION ITEMS:

1) COMMENT Either here or on Azalia’s Instagram, @azaliacancerwarrior, please leave a message of encouragement for her and her mama, Mar-Lee.

2) QUILT Who would like to make Azalia a quilt of her very own? Email me at hollyanne (at) quiltsforcure.org!

3) CONNECT Do you know a quilter in Puerto Rico who could help Azalia realize her dream of learning to quilt? Email me at hollyanne (at) quiltsforcure.org

Finally, for all of you also celebrating this weekend, Happy Easter! He is Risen!

With Joy Like Azalia’s,

HollyAnne

Friday Fighter: 4 year old Katie Green

Katie the Miracle

Happy Friday, Fighters!

Remember the little girl I mentioned last week who is getting the quilt with all the different colored hearts? I’d like to introduce you to 4 year old Katie Green who is fighting hard against Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.

Katie is a miracle baby, born 17 years after her older sister. She’s a happy kiddo who loves to play with the other kids in her extended family. She loves blue and purple, Paw Patrol, and dinosaurs! Katie was diagnosed last summer on June 21, 2016. While her prognosis is good, cancer is still a huge battle.

Katie in the hospital this week

But let me invite Katie’s mama, Susan, to tell you a bit more about her precious baby’s story:

“She was born with three heart defects and had to be started on digoxin and Lasix at only three weeks old. She was unable to nurse and had to be on double strength formula just to get her enough calories. While they were waiting for her to get strong enough for heart surgery, her heart started to heal itself. Her cardiologist was amazed. Her ASD and pulmonary artery resolved themselves as she grew. She still has a VSD but it has shrunk considerably and in May of 2016 the cardiologist declared she would not need heart surgery. 
In June of 2016 she was diagnosed with leukemia. With intensive chemo she went on to remission in  Aug 2016. She continued treatment and in Jan 2017 she started maintenance chemo which will continue thru Sept 2018. We are very hopeful that she will overcome this too.”
 Katie, we are so thankful that you have a good prognosis! Your quilt will be ready soon, sweet girl!
Katie’s quilt in progress
ACTION ITEMS
1) COMMENT: Leave a message of encouragement for Katie and her family. You can follow Katie’s journey on Facebook at Katie’s Krusade. 
2) GIVE: Make a donation to CURE Childhood Cancer in Katie’s honor. Under the notes option on the donation page paste this message: “In Honor of Katie Green. #QuiltsforCure”
3) QUILT: 44 children in the US will be diagnosed with cancer TODAY. Make a simple, heartfelt quilt for one of them this weekend.
Also, if you ever have questions about how to get involved or how to share you child’s story, just email me at hollyanne (at) quiltsforcure.org
#LoveBeatsCancer
HollyAnne

Friday Allies: Stash Fabrics

Three beautiful fabrics sent by Stash Fabrics

Welcome back, Allies!

I must confess, progress on many things has stalled a bit as I have officially tested positive for the flu. Ack. If you follow my personal quilty journey on Instagram @stringandstory, then you know that this week has been #flupocalypse at our house. I have been slow to reply to emails; thank you for being patient! I promise I’m catching up!

Fabric from Stash Fabrics bordering an #OperationSmiley quilt

Today we are celebrating Stash Fabrics for being another fabric sponsor for #OperationSmiley. When I realized that we were going to make 10 quilts, I also realized we were going to need more fabric. You may know Stash from the Stash Fabrics Design Star Challenge, but you may not know that Stash is based just north of Atlanta, about 45 minutes from me. Thus, when I needed more fabric, I reached out and asked if they would help us encourage kids of our city. Marvelously, they said YES!

“Stash Fabrics is a family owned and operated online fabric store out of Alpharetta, GA. It was founded by Beth Louche after discovering her love of modern fabric. The business started as a hobby, but quickly grew into a full time gig of cutting and shipping fabric around the world. We are now a team of four lovely ladies and are working to open up a studio adjacent to the shop. While the online fabric store was the original dream, we now hope to fulfill the mission of spreading our love of creating within the community. Studio coming 2017!”

Stash sent three fabulous prints for borders and backings as well as white fabric for quilt labels. Thank you, Stash Fabrics!! I’m looking forward to the Stash studio opening up!

That top fabric is shadow puppets– isn’t that the cutest??

ACTION ITEMS:

1) COMMENT Leave a comment saying THANK YOU to Stash Fabrics for supporting #OperationSmiley.

2) SHARE Spread the word about Quilts for Cure by copy and pasting this on Facebook or in an Instagram caption:

“Quilts for Cure exists to raise awareness about childhood cancer, to honor kids who are fighting or who have fought against cancer, to raise money for a cure, and to provide quilts for kids in treatment. We need YOU to defeat childhood cancer. Learn what you can do by visiting the website: www.quiltsforcure.org”

(Feel free to use photos from Quilts for Cure to share this information, as long as you give credit to the original source.)

3) QUILT The weekend is here. Can you make a block or two this weekend that will snowball into a quilt for a child? Don’t hesitate to be part of the quilting community that stands strong with the childhood cancer community. Remember, #LoveBeatsCancer

Keep Fighting,

HollyAnne

Updates and How to Help

Hearts made by Naomi’s Mama

Hello Friends!

I wanted to pop in to touch base about what is going on at Quilts for Cure, ongoing project updates, and give you some action items for the week.

#OperationSmiley: Once again, I want to give a BIG THANK YOU to everyone who has sent blocks, fabric, batting, thread, and more. I have one more corporate sponsor, Stash Fabrics, that I will blogging about soon, so keep an eye out to learn about them and send your thanks. We currently have 1 quilt completed, 2 at Red Hen to be quilted, and 1 that needs to be basted. Then, I have a gorgeous pile of blocks that will become 5-6 more quilts. One generous quilter, Gale Fisher, made a whole quilt and is having it quilted. While the yellow, navy, and white hearts will go to two hospitals here in Atlanta, this last quilt will serve a special purpose and go to a four year old girl, Katie, with leukemia whose mama emailed me this week. Thank you, Gale! (More about Katie soon! 🙂 )

Florida in progress

E Pluribus Unum Project: The Georgia quilt is finally basted and ready for quilting! I’ve entered this quilt into a local show and should hear back in the next couple weeks if it will hang! Even though the back will not be showing, I would like it to be full of the names of Georgia childhood cancer fighters. Please help spread the word and ask families to email me their children’s names. I’m continuing to connect hexies for the first Florida quilt, and I’m already planning the first South Carolina quilt. Mathew Boudreaux, aka @MisterDomestic, generously sent some gorgeous scraps last week that will be perfect for incorporating into these quilts.

Gale’s quilt in progress for Katie

Donation Quilts: In the last week we have received two requests for quilts from families fighting against childhood cancer. One was Katie who I mentioned above, and the other was Nicholas who I mentioned last week. Gale is finishing the quilt for Katie, and my new friend Becky in Indiana has agreed to make a twin sized quilt for Nicholas. Thank you both so much!

501(c)(3) Status: Our incorporation finally cleared (huzzah!), two amazing women have agreed to be on our board with me, and we will have our first meeting very soon. After the board meeting, we will finish filing for nonprofit status, then kick off both our newsletter and our fundraising.

Upcoming Quilt Along: While Quilts for Cure always encourages quilters to make and donate completed quilts year round, we also love doing projects together. This summer, we will do a Quilt Along with a simple yet fun and flexible block. We will make just one block each week, and I’d encourage you to donate the finished quilt thru Quilts for Cure. I’ll share more next month, but I couldn’t resist a little teaser so y’all can save some summer quilting time for this!

More hexies for Florida

ACTION ITEMS:

1) SHARE Post the E Pluribus Unum Project blog post to your social media accounts and ask folks to spread the word. I want to fill the backs of all these quilts with the names of brave young cancer fighters, but their parents can’t email me their names unless they know about the project. Would you like me to honor your child on a quilt? Email me his or her name and home state at hollyanne (at) quiltsforcure.org

2) QUILT As word continues to spread, I have no doubt that we will receive more specific requests for quilts. Go ahead and get started on a project, and let me know what age/gender it would be best for. Then, when a request comes, I can connect you with a special cancer fighting warrior right away! Plus, we are continuing to network with hospitals, so there is always a way to comfort an encourage a child with cancer through quilting.

3) RECRUIT Plan to participate in the Summer QAL and invite your friends and guild members to do the same. The key to Quilts for Cure is community– the community of quilters coming together and coming alongside families in the cancer fighting community. Together, we will beat cancer because #lovebeatscancer.

Get to work, y’all!

HollyAnne