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Jeans Quilt and thank-you’s

Over the last few weeks I’ve been noticeably quiet on the blogging front.  Besides the normal fullness of the schedule (I love being busy much more than not) and some equipment failures and breakdowns, we’ve had some emotional disruptions to the norm here.  A very dear friend of mine was diagnosed with Breast Cancer recently.

Wow, how do you follow up that statement?   Isn’t that one of those sit up and take a breath statements?  And the immediate next thought once someone you love has gotten that diagnosis is “what can I do”.

There is so much we can do, as women, as humans, as friends.  We can get our OWN mammograms and take care of our health.  We can call the person to let them know we love them, and are thinking about them.   We can organize a community project to surround them in love….and that is where I’ve been the last few weeks.

Approximately 20 women contributed blocks to this quilt (we have a very caring community we quilters do).  Some made blocks, some contributed fabric, some came to the workday to piece the quilt.  Here are a sampling of the blocks that are in this quilt:

There are humorous blocks designed to bring a smile:

There are blocks that honor her love of applique:

There are blocks honoring her contribution to the local community as a quilting teacher:

There are traditional blocks (this one with a bit of sparkly fabric)

There are contemporary blocks:

And there are blocks honoring her faith and beliefs:

As you can see from the label, this has been a community project:

And a quick shot of the back with the quilting pattern:

A special thank you to everyone who contributed a block for this quilt.  I know the love in these blocks will surround our dear friend as she faces this battle.

Thank you to Christine Scholz (Backside Fabrics) for the contribution of the backing fabric.  Check out her website for great wide backings at a really good price.

Thank you’s to Quilters Loft in Mooresville NC for the donation of fabrics for the top.

Thank you to Barbara Barrier and Christine Scholz for helping me to piece this top together.

Thank you to Pat Bourbeau for doing the binding on such short notice.

Ladies, please, get your mammograms, get them annually, and take care of yourself.  YOU are the most precious part of life, each and every one of you.

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