Friday, April 21, 2006



Relay for Life...
This quilt was made by Judy. She is struggling with Pancreatic cancer. She wanted to make a quilt for the American Cancer Society- for them to raise money by selling or auctioning it. This is a picture of Tanya- she is the owner of the Quilter's Toy Box in Muncie, Indiana. (Darcie- I know you wanted to see the inside of the Toy Box, but this is the best I could do. What you see is maybe 20% of her shop.) She very generously donated the fabric for Judy to make the quilt. I quilted it for her. Both Tanya and I have sisters who have had cancer, so we were happy to help her. Who hasn't been touched by cancer? Unfortunately, Judy was unable to finish the quilt as her chemo treatments have left her really weak. Tanya was able to find some friends to finish the top for her. I received the top a few days ago, and I was afraid I would be unable to finish it before I left for Florida and that Judy would not be here when I got back. (While I am avoiding the packing for this trip, getting 10 people ready for a 10-day vacation is a daunting task!) We all decided that a simple quilting design would still be alright and allow us to finish the quilt more quickly. It is being bound, today. Tanya and her friends also pieced the backing out of the scraps that Judy had left over and I thought you all would enjoy seeing it. That backing is very typical of Tanya. As a quilter, I am not as fond of a pieced backing 'cause it can give you grief on the quilting frame- the batting can get hung up on it and cause creases and also, the seams kinda stand at attention and can make a bump on the front. But it's frugal and definitely gives a quilt extra personality. Judy is donating it to the Relay For Life.

9 comments:

Isobel said...

I love what I can see of the quilt shop. My DIL told me of a quilt shop in Centreville, which is only about 20 minutes from me but I haven't had a chance to visit yet.

Lucy said...

What a great quilt. I think the new owner must be very happy with it :-)

Darcie said...

Oh! Thanks for the appetizer of the Toy Box! Someday....

What a great looking quilt, Nines. It's wonderful to bring so much talent and generosity together for such a great cause. Well wishes to Judy.

I've decided that I'm so behind with blogging...I'd better combine a few of my comments! ;-)

Your garden is so charming, Nines! I love all of the little "things" all around. And you've always got me laughing...your truck loads of mulch in every size. Too funny!

A 301!!! Oh how fun!!! You lucky lady, you...I can't think of anyone that deserves such a treat any more than you!

cher said...

lovely quilt and what better cause? great that friends could step in and finish her dream.

Brit said...

One of my favorite causes..Relay for life..I used to be a team captain for my company's team (when I worked in teh real world.) Can we buy tickets for this quilt?

Tracey said...

That is a bright and cheerful quilt. And it looks like you did another fabulous job on the quilting!
Packing for 10 for vacation. It makes me shudder as well. I had hard enough time dealing with packing for 4 for our week long trip last year. Yikes!

Sandra said...

The quilt is gorgeous and I just LOVE the backing. Everyone did a lovely job for a great cause. I hope it raises a lot of money :-)

Tropical Screamer said...

You amaze me, Nines.

Not only your quilting but your garden and your organizational skills. I can barely pack for a trip for just me let alone managing packing for 10.

What a woman!

Darilyn

Dawn said...

I love the back! My SIL died from pancreatic cancer at age 42 - what a terrible disease.

Man love how big the Toy Box looks - wow, I might have to make a trip!