Monday, September 8, 2014

Cancer Sucks!

These days everyone has been touched by cancer in one way or another.  My husband has had three surgeries for Basal Cell Carcinoma.  A brother-in-law had Testicular Cancer. And now a sister-in-law is starting her chemo journey.  She had already undergone a double mastectomy.  She has already had one session of chemo and many more in her future.

One day I was talking to me niece and asked if she thought her mom would like a breast cancer quilt.  I showed her the fabric from Riley Blake - Think Pink, that I already had for a different project but never got around to make it.  My niece said, "Oh, I think she would love one."

So I got started looking around for patterns and ideas.  My niece like the Bra idea from the Riley Blake pattern.  I decided to use that as the center and found a pattern called Mingle for the surrounding blocks.  Instead of center of the blocks being two colors I went with a single cream color and had family/friends write a note of encouragement on it.

On the back of the quilt I left it for my sister-in-laws immediate family's notes.  As for the quilting, I went to my local quilt shop who rents out their long arm quilting machine.  The lady was nice enough to find me a really nice all over ribbon pantograph to use.  Five hours later, the quilt was all quilted together.  A couple hours of hand stitching the binding and Viola a stunning quilt.  (I do have to say so myself).


When we gave Linda her quilt we also told her a bunch (15 to be exact) will be walking in the Making Strides for Breast Cancer in her honor.  We hope to see your smiling face at the walk Linda!

Linda, remember you are an amazing person and we all love you