q Childhood Cancer Awareness | Tourmaline & Thyme Quilts

Most people don’t think about childhood cancer until it strikes someone you know. A few years ago, my neighbor’s daughter started her first day of kindergarten. The next day, she spiked a fever and was hospitalized shortly thereafter. She was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). This little girl was blessed with a huge caring family and a community that wanted to help her in anyway they could. My neighbor’s best friend started a group called Kicking it with Lily. It was a way for people to contribute with meals, transportation for her older brother, watching her baby sister, getting groceries, you name it. There is so many things aside from medical care that family needs when cancer strikes. Today, Lily is thriving thanks to all the love and care she received.

Another neighbor lost her son to cancer in 2014. She founded Team Matthias to help other families who are battling cancer. This quilt was made for Team Matthias to auction. The proceeds will help these families in need.

The finished quilt is 34″ x 36″ and was made from fabrics in my stash. Gold isn’t a color I use often, so I was fortunate to have some. It is a foundation pattern. Then, I used my walking foot on my sewing machine to quilt it. To mark the quilt, I used the Quilter’s Select Self-Erase Marker, which works a treat, and school chalk, which is easily removed with a Magic Eraser. Then, I used my sewing machine’s binder attachment to quickly add the binding. From start to finish, the quilt took me three days!

If you would like to try this pattern or are interested in one for a charity event, please let me know.

Happy Quilting