Quilts for Cure

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 

Quilts for Cure

Why Quilts for Cure is Important

Quilts for Cure -- Encouraging children who have childhood cancer

Hello again, Quilty Friends!

I have a story to tell you, but first let's take a few moments to look at some sobering facts: 46 children in the United States will be diagnosed with cancer today. The National Cancer Institute only gives about 4% of their annual funding toward researching childhood cancers, and as a result there has been almost no progress on treatment options since the 1980s. At least 3 children will DIE today because of the lack of new drugs and therapies. Some cancers, like the brain cancer DIPG have a 0% survival rate. Children diagnosed with DIPG are sent home on hospice for whatever time they have left. Cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children, and even those who survive are left with lifelong complications and health risks—complications and risks that often claim their lives sooner rather than later.

Quilts for Cure -- Encouraging children who have childhood cancer

Two and a half years ago, a beautiful girl named Kylie Myers died from bone cancer. She was 12 years old, and she was one of the most beautiful people I’d ever had the privilege to know. Three years before that, her best friend Bailey Moody had a rotationplasty amputation to survive a very similar bone cancer. Two girls in a small class of about 60 at their school. Cancer is more common than we realize. And its effects are so devastating that they are hard to look at straight on. Have you thought about that? When it comes to really hard things, sometimes the best we can do is kind of scooch up and give them the side-eye before backing away again. We “go gold” in September and donate a dollar at the grocery store, and then we try to forget that something as horrible as childhood cancer exists in our world. 

I refuse to forget. 

Kylie’s dying charge to her family was to kill cancer. I don’t have to be her flesh and blood to accept that challenge. 

Bailey lived—but she lost her leg and her best friend. Those are devastating losses nonetheless. 

I taped Kylie’s picture above my ironing board. I make myself look the reality of cancer full in the face every day. 

It’s hard. 

Somedays I’m not so good at it. 

But I try my hardest—for Kylie, for Bailey, for their mamas, daddies, siblings, and for a bunch of other kiddos and families who have captured my heart. Trucker. Abri. Kate. Grant. Katharine. Gayle. And more… Too many more. Too many. 

I do my best at staring cancer in the face when I’m quilting. Like the very act of my own love and creativity can somehow beat back the evil of cancer. I’m not a scientist, but I wage my own war against cancer in my sewing room, a war that pushes back against the cold, the fear, the despair, the loneliness, the ugliness of cancer—quilt after quilt. Quilts for children to keep them warm while needles pump poison in the their veins—our pitiful attempts to rid their little bodies of a horrific disease. Quilts to hide under when the big world is so scary. Quilts to bring beauty, color, and cheer to yet another hospital room. Quilts with love in every fiber—love that I truly believe gets passed from me to these children and their families. Through quilting, I fight evil with love. 

 Bailey and Kylie

Bailey and Kylie

I know a lot of other quilters who fight evil with love, too, so I created Quilts for Cure so we can fight together. We aren’t hunting for a pharmaceutical cure—we leave that to Kylie’s Daddy (Mark Myers) and the AMAZING team at CURE Childhood Cancer. Our love and our quilts enter the fray to encourage children and families who are emotionally exhausted by the turmoil of cancer. We are cheerleaders. Our quilts tell a child and his or her family, “WE SEE YOU!” While so many people only give childhood cancer the side eye once a year during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, we stare that devil in the face every damn day and say, “No! You do not belong here, and we are going to KILL YOU!” And our love and our courage gains a little ground in this war. 

Quilts for Cure -- Encouraging children who have childhood cancer

When I told him about Quilts for Cure, Kylie’s Daddy said that it is good, and it is important for the emotional encouragement of families in the fight. “When your child has cancer, you’re in the fight because you HAVE to be,” he told me. “We’re so tired from our own fight. We need people like [Quilts for Cure] who CHOOSE to be in the fight because you bring fresh energy and hope.” 

What will you choose?

Will you CHOOSE to enter the fight?

Will you CHOOSE to stare childhood cancer in the face and fight back, rotary cutter in hand, with love, joy, and quilting? 

Will you CHOOSE to use your hobby and passion to comfort a child who is fighting his or her life?

Fight with me. Fight with us. Together, we will KILL CANCER for Kylie and for every child so that they can live happy, healthy, long, cancer-free lives!

(Quilts for Cure is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. All donations are tax deductible)

Gold Forever, 

HollyAnne

MoreThan4QAL, Quilts for Cure

Get Involved with the #MoreThan4QAL

#MoreThan4QAL

Hello again, friends and fighters!

Some long-cooking things are coming together here at Quilts for Cure, including the conclusion of #OperationSmiley 2017 and the launch of the long-awaited #MoreThan4QAL!

#OperationSmiley Quilts

First: #OperationSmiley. I have six completed quilts here with me, two more are nearly bound in Michigan, and I'll finish the last two here in the next couple of weeks. Then, I hope to have an epic photoshoot with all ten before donating them all via our friends at CURE Childhood Cancer. All ten of these quilts are made from donated blocks, donated/ sponsored supplies, and volunteer time. THANK YOU to everyone who participated! I'll do an official wrap up post with gorgeous photos, but I can't say thank you enough times. Plus, with the addition of Leopold the Longarm, etc, I hope we'll be able to another (even bigger) #OperationSmiley next year!

More Than 4 Quilt Along

Second: Our next project is the #MoreThan4QAL! If you've been following along on Instagram, you may recognize this quilt as something I've been working on for awhile. It's finally time to get this show on the road, just in time for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in September!

What: Making quilts that simultaneously protest the low funding provided for childhood cancer research (less than 4% of the National Cancer Institute's annual budget) while providing beautiful comfort and encouragement to children currently in treatment

Who: Individual and groups of quilters (hint: this would make a marvelous guild project that would take no time at all)

When: August and September 2017 (fully completed quilts are to be donated by the end of September. If you need help knowing where to donate, you can email me at hollyanne (at) quiltsforcure (dot) org. If you would like me to quilt, finish, and donate your quilt top via our UFO Disposal Service, you'll find those instructions HERE. 

How: Get the FREE pattern (with three sizes) by signing up for our Newsletter (this will also make sure you stay in the loop for this and future projects)

JOIN THE NEWSLETTER

What if I'm not a quilter? No fear! First, please also sign up for our Newsletter and share about what we are doing on social media. Second, consider donating financially to our work. Here are some examples of what donations of all amounts help pay for:

$5 - ad campaign on Facebook or Instagram

$10 - spool of high quality cotton thread

$25 - backing or batting for one quilt

$50 - box of high quality business cards or post cards

$75 - all the materials for one E Pluribus Unum Quilt

$100 - shipping for four quilts to children whose families have requested a quilt

DONATE NOW

Thank you, everyone! Let's get quilting and donating to encourage these kids to kick cancer's butt!

Go gold,

HollyAnne

PS Read the update post with the Schedule and FAQs HERE