Thursday, November 2, 2017

One Monthly Goal :: November 2017

This is my 11th month of setting a One Monthly Goal with Elm Street Quilts. I haven't hit 100%, but I've hit the majority of my goals. I know that I have made several of those goals especially because I shared with the world that I was going to finish it. That is especially the case with last month's goal, Stella's memory quilt.  I'm so glad to have had the accountability to get that quilt in the hands of her mama.

So now we're in the home stretch of 2017. I have a bunch of quilt along finishing up and I have three quilts for Las Vegas to finish quilting,  but my goal is to finish another comfort quilt. It's for a friend who was just diagnosed with Stage 4 colorectal cancer that has already spread to her lungs and liver. The outlook isn't good and she is feeling all the things you would expect of someone dealt such a blow.

On her better days, she cracks jokes about the type of cancer she has. Colon cancer is messy. It's stinky. And it's really cruel. This friend is not one for flowers and platitudes. The idea for her quilt came to me late one night and immediately got up and sketched it out.

The letters will be pieced using Lori Holt's awesome new book, Spelling Bee, which  I already know I will be using over and over. And if you don't mind me being a fan girl for a moment, this book is seriously cool. With the BEST directions and layout I've seen in a quilt book, it has patterns for capital and lowercase letters in two sizes, numbers, punctuations, plus a whole bunch of fun things like animals, vehicles, a camera, and even a sewing machine. Plus, there's a ton of quilt patterns in there. I love word quilts. In the past, I've been paper piecing my letters. But now, this is my new favorite alphabet. /gush.

The donkey is from a pattern that's been around a long time. It was first published in the Kansas City star in 1931! Tim Latimer of Tim Quilts wrote more about the history here.

I chose brown and blue for the main colors because they are both used for colorectal cancer ribbons and awareness. I'm still on the hunt for the perfect minky for the back. Chocolate and blue were so popular when my son was born, but it's harder to find now.

Learn more about colorectal cancer here at the Colon Cancer Alliance.

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  1. Sorry to hear about your friend. Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and good luck on your project.

  2. So sorry to hear about your friend. She has a good attitude it seems, and I pray she can beat it. In the meantime, your quilt will give her both warmth and a good laugh--two things she's probably short on right now. You're a good friend. Thanks for linking up to Wednesday Wait Loss.

  3. You have captured both humor and power with your design. What a wonderful gift for your friend.

  4. So sorry to hear about your friend. I wish her the very best. A quilt from a good friend will be very healing. Thanks for sharing with Oh Scrap!

  5. I am sure that this beautiful and thoughtful gift will help your friend smile in difficult days. Thanks for sharing

  6. You're a good friend, and this design is PERFECT for any cancer, but especially this one! I am praying for peace, strength, healing, and wonderful moments of love for your friend.

  7. This quilt will bring a smile and help your friend through some rough days. So sorry to hear about your friend. I think it's great the way you have blended old and new patterns together and made such a great modern quilt. Thanks for sharing this on MCM!

  8. Great play on words - thanks for sharing!

  9. The perfect gift for your friend. Wishing her all the best.


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