Operation Smiley

Collaborating with Kylie

 Modern Sewciety's Mod Heart Block from her BOM. Modern Sewcialites Members can choose to make this block for #OperationSmiley 

Modern Sewciety's Mod Heart Block from her BOM. Modern Sewcialites Members can choose to make this block for #OperationSmiley 

Each year, 16,000 kids are diagnosed with cancer in the United States.

A school bus full of kids every day.

Almost no new drugs have been developed specifically for treating children since the 1980s. Instead, we treat kids with drugs made for adults, and the side effects include infertility, brain damage, blindness, secondary cancers, and death. We treat our children with poison and hope it kills the cancer first.

Some cancers, such as the brain cancer DIPG have a 0% survival rate.

Collaborating with Kylie - Quilts for Cure

The first time I read these statistics, I cried. Then I got really mad. Because of these statistics, Kylie died. Beautiful, bright, talented Kylie—one of the most wonderful students I ever had the privilege of teaching—missed her Broadway debut because of stupid cancer. I went to her funeral with my six week old baby boy strapped to my chest, and I cried some more. Out of the horrible shock of it all came a single question:

What can I do?

A mom. A maker. A teacher. Not a scientist, not a wealthy philanthropist, not a doctor.

Kylie was a dancer, a singer, and an artist. She had a huge heart for people. She was a natural, generous encourager.

Collaborating with Kylie - Quilts for Cure

I decided that I would fight cancer like Kylie did: with creativity, with encouragement, and with joy. I can push back against the darkness of cancer by listening to the stories of children and their families and sharing them with my creative community. I can push back by making quilts to keep kids warm and to make the hospital feel just a little happier. And, most importantly, I can invite other quilters to join me.

I can invite YOU to join me. There are 16,000 kids each year who need a quilt—we’ve got work to do!

This spring, we’ve set a modest goal: 16 quilts in honor of Kylie’s sweet sixteen. Since she’s not here to spread smiles, we’re going to do it for her. This project is called #OperationSmiley2018, and we want your help! Today, take two easy steps to fight back against childhood cancer. First, share what you’ve learned with another quilter and ask them to help, too. Second, make a block. 

My word of the year is COLLABORATION, and I want to work with you!

Together, let’s turn the quilting world gold for childhood cancer!

(Update since I started writing-- we're past 16 quilts already! But let's keep going! How many can we make to honor Kylie and her fellow fighters? 26? 56? 106? Let's find out!)

Collaborating with Kylie - Quilts for Cure

Operation Smiley

Operation Smiley 2018

Operation Smiley 2018 at Quilts for Cure

Hey Fighters! 

It's time to celebrate our sweet Kylie. Kylie Myers, aka Smiley Kylie, brightened this world with her gorgeous smile for nearly 13 years. Now, we raise awareness about childhood cancer and make quilts for kiddos in treatment in her honor. Last year, we made 10 quilts. Kylie's 16th birthday is on February 24th-- do y'all think we can make the 320 blocks it would take to make 16 quilts in her honor? I think we can!!

Heart Block 1 by CluckCluckSew Operation Smiley 2018
Heart Block 2 by Modern Sewciety Operation Smiley 2018

Who: All quilters, aspiring quilters, crafty people, or anyone willing to give a bit of cutting and sewing a try
What: 10 inch finished (10.5 unfinished) Cluck Cluck Sew Heart Blocks in white, blue/navy/aqua, and/or yellow OR Modern Sewciety's 12 inch (12.5 unfinished) February Mod Heart block from the 2018 BOM (must be a Modern Sewcialite Member to access this pattern option) in the same colors
When: 2018
Where: Mail your block(s) to: Quilts for Cure PO Box 1831 Duluth, GA 30096
Goal: 16 quilts to celebrate Kylie's sweet sixteen (320 blocks)
Tag on Instagram Photos: @quiltsforcure #quiltsforcure #operationsmiley2018 #quiltersvscancer

Other materials needed: 100% cotton batting, cotton border/backing/binding fabrics (navy prints and solids, quilt shop quality), Aurifil 50wt cotton thread (white, navy, yellow, or light gray). Donations can be sent to the address above

If you are interested in helping assemble and quilt these quilts, please email me at hollyanne (at) quiltsforcure.org

 Kylie as I remember her best-- when she was in the classroom where I was an assistant for two years

Kylie as I remember her best-- when she was in the classroom where I was an assistant for two years

I simply cannot thank you all enough for joining me in this second annual celebration of Kylie and her spirit of joy, encouragement, and generosity. These quilts will end up all over the country as a bit of warmth and love to just a few of the 16,000 kids who will be diagnosed this year. To stay up to date on all the goings on here at Quilts for Cure (and there are quite a few coming up!), please join our newsletter!

It will cost about $2000 to purchase batting, thread, borders/backing/binding, and shipping labels for 16 quilts. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation today!

Gold Forever, 
HollyAnne

Quilts for Cure

2017 Year End Review

 Photo by Claire's Daddy

Photo by Claire's Daddy

Has the year flown by or what? I blinked and Quilts for Cure is nearly a year old!

How did Quilts for Cure spend 2017? 

  • Gained 501(c)(3) nonprofit status
  • $960+ in donations-- funds are used to make quilts, ship quilts to kids, keep this website up, and spread the word about QFC. About 85% of this year's fundraising was spent on shipping labels to send quilts to kids.
  • Over 10 quilts made from donated blocks through the #OperationSmiley Campaign
  • 22 quilts total sent to kids with cancer
  • 3 E Pluribus Unum Quilts made honoring kids who have or had cancer
  • All quilts were made from donated materials-- batting, fabric, and thread
Quilts for Cure -- Quilts for Kids with Cancer

In 2018, we hope to:

  • Raise $5000+ in donations so that we can ship quilts more quickly, connect with and bless more cancer fighting families, and invite more quilters to join our efforts
  • Make and ship 40+ quilts to kids across the United States
  • Develop a SalesForce database to make it easier to match quilts with kiddos so that we can ship quilts out right away (John, our CEO, is working on this now)
  • Make 3+ more E Pluribus Unum Quilts
  • Continue to be blessed with donated materials and donated time for making quilts
  • Launch QFC swag that will be fun to wear or carry and help raise money for our cause
Quilts for Cure -- Quilts for Kids with Cancer

Plus, we have an amazing announcement!

We have partnered with Michael Miller Fabrics for QuiltCon 2018! If you attended last year's QuiltCon in Savannah, you may have received fabric at the Michael Miller booth to make a charity block. Board Member Vicki Holloway, Friends of QFC Kristin Esser and Jen Greer, and I are currently turning all of your gorgeous blocks into 7 large throw quilts! The quilts and I will travel to QuiltCon 2018 in Pasadena, CA in February for display at the Michael Miller booth, then all 7 quilts will go to children currently in treatment for pediatric cancer. Thank you all who made blocks for this special project; thank you Vicki, Kristin, and Jen for helping me finish the quilts; and thank you Michael Miller for supporting and spreading the word about Quilts for Cure!! Additionally, we'd like to thank Hobbs for providing batting for this project and Aurifil for providing thread. This is definitely a collaborative effort!

And thank you to ALL OF YOU who have given and supported in amazing ways this year! You make Quilts for Cure possible! 

Gold forever,
HollyAnne