One of my best friend's mom, Kelly, was recently diagnosed with cancer. At the end of July she was diagnosed with duodenal cancer which is very rare and serious. Chemotherapy didn't offer her very optimistic chances, after doing research and help from family and friends she's decided to pursue a promising alternative treatment. However, this treatment requires $25,000 upfront. Her loving family has thrown her a fundraiser where she lives and they're throwing another this weekend in North Salt Lake City, Utah. (You can see more about her story HERE.)
I have felt so bad for my friend Ashlie. She is one of my favorite people ever, and it's really hard to see your friend go through something like this. Ashlie is the oldest in her family and she's only 27!!!! She needs her mommy for many years to come.
I was really excited when I found out there would be a silent auction at her mom's fundraisers, and a real way I could help. This quilt is in honor of Kelly:
I settled pretty quickly on the design. Simple but more interest than just squares. Bigger than I originally planned, it's a good size at 51" x 78". I went back and forth about colors. I wanted to appeal to the broadest crowd. I ultimately went for a bright and cheery fall palette. I started with my Robert Kaufman Metro Market prints and began pulling from there. There's a lot of different collections in this quilt, Going Coastal, Peacock Lane, Sanctuary, Veranda and Michael Miller Solids.
Simple quilting, about 2-3 inches in on each block. Straight-line.
Although I love the back, I hope I didn't make a mistake! I hope it isn't too modern for some. I really just love to piece my backs and have a lot of fun tying all the prints together in a non-traditional way. Looking back I probably should have kept it more simple. Oh well :/
I threw in a couple more things that could be auctioned off. One of our Oh Baby! patterns, that is great for beginner sewers. I included all the necessary fabric as well, again Metro Market and coordinating Groovy fat quarters.
Then a little set of fabric flowers. You can never go wrong with these right? :)
Here's the whole lot. Hopefully these can help bring Kelly closer to the treatment she needs.
For those of you who live in Utah you can attend the fundraiser!
It's Friday October 28th in North Salt Lake.
There will be dancing, food, costumes and an auction
If you want more information see HERE.