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Stitching for a Cause

One of my co-workers has ovarian cancer.  She’s stage III, I think.  Whatever stage she’s in, she had to go through several weeks of chemo before the doctor performed major surgery to remove the tumors and other parts to which the cancer had spread.  I understand she has another 8-10 weeks of chemo once she’s recovered from her surgery.  Her recovery from surgery has been slow.  Usually upbeat, her spirits are starting to sag, especially since she’s back in the hospital due to complications from her surgery.

My school provides meals on a rotating basis to her family.  I was “meals on wheels” yesterday.  Along with the meal, I also delivered a quilt.  It’s done in the teal colors that are associated with ovarian cancer, plus pink, white and green so it doesn’t scream “ovarian cancer” when she’s out in public. 

The design was inspired by a quilt I saw at Quilting by the Bay in Panama City and a book by Valori Wells I have at home.  The pattern reminds me of subway tiles.  I also included a wee bit of prized authentic Hawaiian fabric I have in my stash.  it’s the hot pink and white floral.  I used bamboo/cotton batting because I love the drape of that particular batting.  The finished quilt is 50″x60″ and I simply stitched in the ditch and attached the binding by machine.