Operation Smiley

Operation Smiley 2019

Operation Smiley: Quilts for Kids with Cancer through Quilts for Cure Click to learn more and donate!

It’s that time of year again.

18 days until Kylie’s 17th birthday. And she’s not here to celebrate (stupid cancer). That’s why WE celebrate her legacy of joy, hope, and generosity each year with #OperationSmiley. To be perfectly honest, I’ve lost count a bit of how many quilts we’ve made as part of this project the last two years. We made 10 in 2017, we aimed for 16 in 2018, and I think we were sent blocks for about 30?! Crazy!! Y’all’s block making skills were so overwhelmingly generous last year that we’re actually still finishing those quilts which is why we’re going to do something a little bit different this year:

Kylie Myers as Annie at Perimeter School

Kylie Myers as Annie at Perimeter School


Who: You and your Quilty Friends
What: Make quilt tops and finished quilts using Cluck Cluck Sew’s 10” (finished) heart block pattern (Click here for the pattern). Each top/ quilt should be made from 20 blocks in a 4x5 layout with a 5” (finished) border
When: February- April 2019. Please send all tops/ quilts to Quilts for Cure by April 30th, 2019.
Where: Mail to: Quilts for Cure c/o HollyAnne Knight PO Box 1831 Duluth GA 30096
Goal: 17 quilts for Kylie’s 17th Birthday
Tag on Instagram Photos: @quiltsforcure #quiltsforcure #operationsmiley #quiltersvscancer

This is an amazing opportunity for teamwork. If you are a “topper” or just want to make a few blocks, I encourage you to team up with a friend (or five) and make a quilt together. Many hands make light work!

(Speaking of many hands: on the label, please include the First Name, Last Initial (or name), and state of each quilter who helps with your quilts as well as “Operation Smiley 2019 with Quilts for Cure”!)

Want to support #OperationSmiley but not yet a quilter? Please donate to Quilts for Cure to cover shipping costs, supplies to finish quilts, etc!

Thank you for your continued generosity!!

Operation Smiley: Quilts for Kids with Cancer through Quilts for Cure. Click to learn more and give!

General Updates

2019: Looking Ahead

QuiltCon 2018 Michael Miller / Quilts for Cure Collaboration

Happy New Year, Quilts for Cure Rockstars!

First and foremost, THANK YOU to all you amazing quilters and donors who have given of your time, money, skills, and supplies this year. We are blessed to work with amazing companies like Aurifil thread, Michael Miller Fabrics, and Hobbs batting, but the day to day action comes from YOU.

2018 started and ended strong for Quilts for Cure, but we had a bit of a messy middle. We made 9 quilts with Micheal Miller Fabrics for QuiltCon 2018, collected blocks last February to make 30+ Operation Smiley Quilts (about 1/3 of which have been finished, and another third are with quilters now), and provided about 35 quilts (updated) to children across the country this year. Most of that quilt-giving happened right after QuiltCon and again at the end of the year. Our newest recipient was Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s Aflac Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders who excitedly took a dozen quilts right before Christmas to distribute to their kiddos for the holiday.

We doubled our fundraising this year for a total of $1917 USD raised. Like last year, this money was used for two main goals: marketing (website, business cards) and shipping quilts / quilt kits.

Quilts for Cure 2018

The reason more of last year’s specific goals didn’t come to fruition was simple: lack of infrastructure. As of tonight, our Salesforce platform is nearly built, and it will enable us to stay exceptionally well organized in 2019 to make sure that requests— both for quilts and to make quilts— are tracked in a timely, efficient way. This platform will be complete by the end of the week so we are set up for success in 2019.

In 2019, my hopes for Quilts for Cure are simple:

  • Make more quilts (50+)

  • Raise the money needed to make and ship those quilts (about $5000)

  • Encourage kids with cancer, and their families, through the first two goals

Thank you for being part of this work with us. Please continue to support Quilts for Cure through your financial and quilty giving!

Go gold,

HollyAnne (And the QFC board)

Quilts for Cure 2018

Friday Fighters

Survivor to Advocate: An Interview with Andrea Tsang Jackson

Andrea Tsang Jackson Interview at Quilts for Cure

Quilts for Cure exists to raise awareness about childhood cancer and make quilts for kids with cancer. We honor Smiley Kylie Myers by making quilts to encourage other kiddos. A beautiful side effect of this work, is that quilters who are passionate about this cause are creating their own community. I love hearing the stories of all the quilters who are part of Quilts for Cure, but when Andrea sent me snippet of her story, I had to pull off the road and read it immediately. We have been honored to have many adult cancer survivors be part of our efforts to send quilts to kiddos with cancer, but as far as I know, Andrea is the first childhood cancer survivor to be part of our work. 

Here and Elsewhere Bee Quilt

Here and Elsewhere Bee Quilt

Andrea Tsang Jackson of 3rd Story Workshop is an amazing modern quilter who has a passion for storytelling. While her textile arts have focused on the stories of others (like the Here and Elsewhere Bee Quilt above and the Our Song Quilt below), I had the privilege to ask about her story for this interview. As a child, Andrea faced Ewing's Sarcoma, the same cancer that Kylie and Bailey had, and learned some beautiful truths about hope and community.

Andrea is an amazing story of hope and an asset to both the quilting and childhood cancer communities. Thank you for sharing with us, Andrea!

If you would like more information about Andrea's most recent project, Our Song Your Reflection, click here to learn about and consider supporting the project. And stay tuned for when the music video releases-- you'll be able to spot a Quilts for Cure project in the mix!

Andrea Tsang Jackson Interview at Quilts for Cure (Our Song Quilt)

(All photos curtesy of 3rd Story Workshop)