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

Friday Fighter: Abriel Bentley, Age 9

My dear Friends,

My heart is heavy for sweet Abriel and her family tonight. Tonight I share a story that I’ve been following for a little while, and it is a story that was so full of joy and now has struck a terrifying plot twist still unfolding in real time.

First, here is the first part of Abri’s story, written by her Mama on their Team Abri Facebook page:

“At 7:30 PM on Friday September 4, 2015 we received a knock on our hospital room door that changed our lives forever. Our beautiful, spunky, full of life little girl was diagnosed with an extremely aggressive form of bone cancer called Ewings Sarcoma. It all started a week earlier on a Thursday night while saying her bedtime prayers, Abri suddenly had a pain in her left leg below her knee. Assuming it was nothing to worry about we tucked her into bed. Friday morning Abri woke up with pain in that same spot so I assumed she probably pulled something in her leg, gave her some medicine and sent her to school. At school that day Abri went to the nurse once and was given icepack for her leg but was otherwise pain free. That evening she still said her leg was sore but bearable and again we tucked her into bed without any worry. At 10:30 PM she woke up screaming and holding her leg. Knowing at this point there had to be something wrong, we took hr to the ER where they ran X-rays and saw nothing of concern. The doctor told us that Abri’s pains were growing pains and to not worry and give her Tylenol and Motrin until the pain subsided. Saturday and Sunday the pain continued off and on and she began limping. At some points the pain was so bad that she would scream and cry but then it would go away again. Monday morning the pain was still there and the limping was getting worse so we made an appointment with Abri’s pediatrician. The pediatrician could not figure out why Abri was in so much pain and also assumed it was growing pains. He sent us off to get labs drawn just to safe and told us that if it didn’t improve in another week that we should try to get her in with an orthopedic surgeon. By Wednesday morning we had had enough of Abri being in so much pain so my husband started calling around to orthopedic surgeons in the area hoping to get Abri in to one of them as soon as possible. One surgeon at Phoenix Children’s Hospital had and opening at 1:00 that afternoon so I picked Abri up from school and my husband drove her down for the appointment. I had no idea that this would be the last day my sweet girl would be attending her second grade year with her friends. The orthopedic surgeon at PCH immediately knew something was not quite right and decided to admit Abri for an MRI. That evening Abri was put under anesthesia for the first of many times to come and an MRI of her leg was taken. We were told that something appeared on the MRI and that they assumed it was a bone infection and they would be performing surgery in the morning to clean it out. The next morning Abri was put under anesthesia again for surgery but things did not go as planned. We were told that when they opened up Abri’s leg they did not see what they had expected so they did a biopsy and we would hear back in a week or so. Cancer was never even mentioned as a possibility. We settled into our room on the 7th floor while the pain team worked on trying to control the extreme pain Abri was now in from the surgery and waited for results. I remember walking up and down the hallways seeing all of the rooms that contained little bald kids and bright yellow Chemo signs and thinking “at least my baby girl does not have cancer.” I felt so sorry for the exhausted and terrified parents I passed in the cafeteria and felt so grateful that at least we weren’t one of them. Then came the knock on the door. A moment frozen in time that still brings me to my knees.
Thankfully, after several more tests, it was found that Abri’s cancer had not spread to any other parts of her body. She began her 17 rounds of chemo the next week, which took a year to complete, and she had limb salvage surgery on Dec. 23, 2015. The tibia, which contained her tumor, was removed and an adult cadaver arm bone was put in its place. Abri spent 9 months in a wheel chair, lost all of her beautiful long blond hair, endured numerous pokes, shots, transfusions, scans and surgeries but is now in remission and learning to walk again. She is back in school full time and enjoying every minute of “normal” life. God is good!”

Abriel at her 9th birthday party last month

For the last couple of months, as Abri finished her school year, she began having pain in the cadaver bone they had transplanted in her leg in 2015. On June 19th, Abri had surgery on her leg during which they removed the bone because the doctor’s discovered it had split vertically. Tonight, her Mama posted horrible, heart wrenching news:

“PLEASE STORM THE HEAVENS WITH ALL THE PRAYERS YOU CAN!!! PLEASE!!! We just got the call that Abri’s cancer is back. They found it in the bone that they took out. Now we are headed to the hospital for more testing over the next couple of days to see if it is just in that bone or anywhere else. If it is just in that bone she has a chance. PLEASE I AM BEGGING FOR PRAYERS FOR IT TO JUST BE IN THAT BONE!!! PLEASE!!! PLEASE!!! PLEASE!!! 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

Abriel post-op this month

THIS IS NOT OKAY. CHILDHOOD CANCER IS NOT OKAY. Please, like Abri’s family, I’m begging you: Take ACTION:

  1. PRAY like you have never prayed before– for Abri and for the other 42 children and their families who were diagnosed today.
  2. QUILT Abri is a spunky 9-year old girl who needs a colorful, cheerful quilt. Twin sized would be ideal, so it can brighten her hospital room as she faces the tests and treatment ahead. Please email me at hollyanne (at) quiltsforcure.org if you can send a quilt ASAP.
  3. GIVE Please support Quilts for Cure financially. The money you give provides quilts for kids, helps us spread awareness about childhood cancer, and helps to find a CURE through Cure Childhood Cancer‘s nationwide research programs.
Winning is EVERYTHING. Once again, Abriel is fighting of her life

Share, share, share this. Also, Abri’s family would benefit from a wheelchair that is just her size. If that is something you could provide, so they don’t have to wait months and months on insurance, please email me at the address I mentioned above.

Fight on,

HollyAnne

Friday Fighter: Cheyenne Skylar Boswell, Age 9

Hello Friends!

I’m delighted to resume our Friday Fighters series, and I hope to be posting more regularly again! (see the action items at the bottom if you would like to share your child’s story here with us)

When Hubster forwarded this beautiful mama’s email to me this afternoon, I read it with tears in my eyes. My heart breaks that Cheyenne was taken so young by the beast DIPG. Please allow this story to move you, and when you reach the end, take action against childhood cancer today!

Cheyenne was a miracle from the day she was born. I was 5 months pregnant when I was in a building that partially collapsed on us. They doctors told she was going to be mentally handicapped when she was born. Cheyenne was born March 13, 2000. 13 days after her due date. She was perfect when she was born. Cheyenne was full of life. HE laugh was infectious and people wanted to be around her because he brought so much joy. When she was 6 years old she went with me to my school to watch and help me with lights. She was one of those kids who made sure you were making eye contact with her because she needed to know that you were paying attention to the conversation.

It was this night when I looked her in the eye that I noticed that her right eye was turned in towards her nose. I  asked her what was wrong with her eye and she told me that she didn’t know.

I made an appointment with the eye doctor but it took a week to get in. During this week she started to slur her words, complained of bad headaches and started throwing up in the mornings. The eye doctor told us it was just lazy eye.

Good thing I didn’t wait the three weeks that they wanted for the CT scan because she would have passed before it. I took her to the emergency room and they did a scan and we were taken by ambulance to Children’s hospital of orange county (CHOC).

It was there we were given her diagnosis on December 17th 2006.

Cheyenne was 6 years old when she was diagnosed with cancer. A DIPG called a Brain Stem Glioma.

When my daughter was diagnosed with cancer my heart stopped for a second. How could someone so sweet and so amazing have to face such a horrible thing. But how she showed me strength. She taught me how to look past the trial she was fighting and see the good that was coming from it. The new friends we had made. The things she got to do because of how much she helped others while she was fighting the same disease. We were told no one lived past 12 months and she fought for 27 months. She broke the rules and defied the odds. She used her time to help others. She cleaned the house at OCRMH, she helped the staff in the office like Katie and Brandon. She made blankets for the other kids at the hospital and used all the money she got to bake for her Dr’s and nurses and to fill the treasure boxes. Cheyenne carried around a cuss jar and would go up to random strangers on the street if they cussed and tell them they owed a dollar. She would also tell them the money would go to CHOC and people paid it.

She was my birthing coach when her youngest sister was born. She stood by my head held my hand and told me it would be OK. She then went over while the nurses were cleaning Devinlee and started singing to her. She sang her favorite song ” I am a Child of God”. She loved her so much from the minute she was born.

 No one has ever shown me more on how to be a giving person without wanting in return. So when she told me to start a foundation to keep her legacy alive and help others how could I not.

On December 17th 2008 Cheyenne was diagnosed  with a second cancer called Astrocytomas. We were told that this cancer was immune to chemo therapy and her body couldn’t handle anymore radiation. Besides the radiation had caused the second cancer.

On March 16th 2009, just 3 days after her 9th birthday at 9:23 pm I heard her last heart beat and felt her her last breath leave her body as I held her in my arms at home in my bed where she wanted to leave this world. I spent time bathing her and dressing her in her favorite outfit, that that Anaheim Ducks bought her. I then held her in my arms for 3 hours until the funeral home came to get her. I didn’t want to let her go.

We have spent the last 8 years celebrating her life. We go to her graveside every year on her birthday and angelversary for the whole day. We have cake, release balloons and share memories with others who love her too. Not a day passes that we don’t think about her or talk about her. She taught us so many things. Cheyenne has 4 sisters and 2 brothers. She touched their lives in so many ways.

 Now her little sister has stepped up to help others as well. She used her voice to raise over $1000 between 2 fundraisers at her school. Now Devinlee and I use our voices and our strength to keep helping others who are dealing with what our family fought through. It is a tough battle and these families need all the help that we can give them. We have decided to spend our lives living the way Cheyenne did, in service.

 Forever grateful

Angel mommy Virginia

Mother of angel Cheyenne Skylar Broswell

3.13.00-3.16.09

Virginia, thank you for sharing Cheyenne with us! Our prayers, encouragement, and love are with you and your family.

Y’all, I challenged you at the beginning of this post to allow your heart to be moved first to emotion and then to action. It’s time to DO SOMETHING about childhood cancer!

ACTION ITEMS:

  1. Give money so that we can serve like Cheyenne—by giving more quilts to more children in need. In addition, a portion of our annual budget goes toward cancer treatment research so that we can have better ways to fight terrible cancers like DIPG.
  2. Give time by making a quilt to donate. If you are not already a quilter, email me at hollyanne (at) quiltsforcure.org, and I’ll see what I can do to connect you with some lovely local quilters.
  3. Give your story. Has your child fought for his or her life against childhood cancer? Is he or she fighting now? Email your story to john (at) quiltsforcure.org to be featured on Friday Fighters!

Thank you, everyone!! Don’t forget to follow @quiltsforcure on Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date on what the organization is up to, and don’t forget to SHARE SHARE SHARE these posts to spread the word about the tragedy of childhood cancer and get people to DO SOMETHING about it.

HollyAnne

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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.

Quilts for Cure is a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit!

The 5th #OperationSmiley Quilt is done!

Hello, Friends!

Today’s news is thrilling: Quilts for Cure is officially a 501(c)(3) nonprofit!!

This opens many doors in our future, but the most immediate effect is that we can begin fundraising. Our projected budget for 2017 is about $116,000 which includes operating expenses, raising awareness about childhood cancer, funding the E Pluribus Unum Project, and, most importantly, giving $75,000 toward childhood cancer research through CURE Childhood Cancer.

Official nonprofit status also means that we can accept in-kind donations. Quilt donations are considered in-kind donations, and we are also interested in hotel and airline points so that I travel to quilt guilds to raise awareness about childhood cancer and about what we are doing. All of these donations are now tax-deductible.

Lastly– mark your calendars! Our summer quilt drive and fundraiser will be a quilt along! It will be fun pattern that appeals to all levels of skill. More details soon– I’m very excited!!

ACTION ITEMS:

1) GIVE Make a financial donation to QFC today to help us reach more people and be more effective in our fight against cancer and FOR kids.

2) TRAVEL Help me spread the word by donating hotel or airline points. Email john (at) quiltsforcure.org for instructions.

3) QUILT Make a love-filled quilt for a child in treatment. Find all the details HERE, and email me if you have any questions. hollyanne (at) quiltsforcure.org

4) SHARE As always, please share this blog across your social media channels. We can beat childhood cancer together, and spreading the word gives us a bigger team to do it. You can find us on Facebook and Instagram @QuiltsForCure.

Fight on,

HollyAnne

Georgia: Honor Young Cancer Fighters

Georgia E Pluribus Unum Quilt

Good morning, everyone!

I am thrilled to announce that the Georgia E Pluribus Unum Quilt has been selected to be part of the East Cobb Quilter’s Guild’s Georgia Celebrates Quilts show in June!!

I am in the process of quilting the top, and I need your help! I want the back of this quilt to be FILLED with the names of young Georgia cancer fighters before it hangs in the show. Here’s how we’re going to do it:

1) If you are the parent or guardian of a child in Georgia who is fighting or who fought against childhood cancer, please email me your child’s first and last name/last initial to hollyanne (at) quiltsforcure.org

2) If you are reading this, SHARE this post on your Facebook page, via email, or on other social media platforms.

Here’s how the quilting is coming along so far:

I’m very excited for an E Pluribus Unum quilt to hang publicly for the very first time. At this show, the back will only be visible by request, but my artist statement explains the significance of the quilt as a way to honor Georgia’s childhood cancer fighters.

For those of you who want to mark your calendars, the Georgia Celebrates Quilts Show will display several hundred quilts of various styles. It will be June 8-10, 2017 at the Cobb County Civic Center, and I believe tickets are $10 at the door.

So let’s review…

ACTION ITEMS

1) SHARE SHARE SHARE this post so that as many people as possible can learn about this quilt and this project. In addition to this Georgia quilt, there is also the Atlanta quilt. Let’s FILL THEM UP and honor as many of Georgia’s brave fighters as we can

2) How to Submit a Name: Email me at hollyanne (at) quiltsforcure.org with your child’s first and last name/last initial. There are many more quilts in theE Pluribus Unum Project to come, so if you are outside of Georgia, include your child’s home state as well.

Thanks everyone! Spread the word!

HollyAnne

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