Cancer - a four letter word March 22 2014, 5 Comments

My niece was just diagnosed with breast cancer.  As my sister, her mom says, "the words daughter and cancer in the same sentence..."  Devastating to say the least.  Cancer evokes a four letter word - f e a r, but we fight with stronger four letter words - h o p e and L O V E.  'E' has two-year-old triplets, a doting husband, a great - and I mean GREAT support system of family and friends, a career, passion and the determination to fight this battle.  She started her road back to excellent health this week with her first dose of chemotherapy.  The chemo will steal her hair, wipe out her energy and breed a disgust for breast cancer that women together share.  What can I do?  In our family we light candles.  That flame of life gives hope and sends sparks of healing.  The glow of candle light is love and it is soothing, never ending.  It seems as we age, our candles are lit way too often for someone we care about.  But what can I do?  I pray and pray and pray, God knows me well, doesn't He know us all well, he knows 'E' well and He will keep her safe.  So what can I do, what can I do, what can I do?  Then it's so obvious - a quilt - I can make a quilt... a quilt is love, comfort, peace, it provides pleasure, soothes pain, creates a safe place to cuddle or hide, it is a keeper of our secrets, our hopes, our dreams, our everything.  I will make a quilt.  Want to help?
Fall in love with 'E'.  Make this quilt with me.  Create a simple Nine Patch finished size 6" x 6" (unfinished 6 1/2" x 6 1/2").  That means you will cut your squares 2 1/2" x 2 1/2".  In the center block add a heart - share your love - you can draw it, appliqué it, embroider it, use heart fabric...  Finally just sign your name/initials with your city/state on your block.  Let's unite our love for 'E' and her fight-our fight  against cancer.  
Send your unfinished block to Quilted Garden, PO Box 153, Edwardsville, IL 62025.  I will share the progress as this comes together. 
My candle is lit, would you light yours...