Today I'd like to introduce you to the Quilts for Cure Board of Directors! First, though, a quick update: Azalia received her quilt! Thank you so much for responding to the call to action, Mina! Azalia is in the hospital now for her fourth round of chemo, and she has a treasure of a quilt on her bed keeping her warm.
Now, more business-y things: The Board of Directors met for the first time last week, voted to incorporate Quilts for Cure, approved the Bylaws, and the 501(c)(3) paperwork has been filed at last! If you'll indulge me, I'd like to introduce us each to you. This information is also available on the "Our Team" page of the website.
HollyAnne Knight (me), President and Chair of the Board.
HollyAnne Knight is the creative visionary behind the E Pluribus Unum Project and Quilts for Cure. As an artist, she has worked with many mediums, from watercolors to oil paints to wool and now fabric. She believes that all of her creative experiences influence her quilting, giving her a unique and ever-developing approach and style. Her work has been displayed at both the City of Duluth’s City Hall and at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. She is a mother of two, teacher, and entrepreneur, which are key to the heart and operations of this project. In addition to creating the E Pluribus Unum Quilts, HollyAnne serves as social media manager, content writer, primary networker, and quilting instructor. She is excited to use all of her skills to bring “more love and less fear” (Claire Brewster) to the the children and families fighting pediatric cancer and to engage other creatives in that mission as well.
String & Story: www.stringandstory.com
Andi Barney, Treasurer.
Andi learned to sew in 2008, after she had brain surgery and was stuck at home by herself for two months. She took a beginner class, and off she went! Turns out garment sewing is not her skill set, but once she found out she was pregnant shortly after, making her first quilt for the nursery lit a fire in her that she had never known. For many years, quilting for others provided an extra income for her family while she homeschooled her son, Aaron, who is now 7. The Barneys still homeschool, and quilting is just a part of everyday life for them.
In 2009, she was a founding member and founding President of the Atlanta Modern Quilt Guild, and served on the board for 4 years. She is the immediate Past President of the East Cobb Quilters’ Guild, Georgia’s largest guild, and previous 1st Vice President, Publicity Chair, Quilt Show Publicity Chair, and current Quilt Show Entry Chair.
In 2015, her dear friend Brie Klug bought Red Hen Fabrics, and they became co-owners of the quilt shop. She is also the owner and certified master technician of Atlanta NW Sewing Machine Service, which is located inside of Red Hen Fabrics. In addition, Andi and Brie have a pattern and pre-fused, laser cut applique company called M.F.E.O. (Made For Each Other) that they launched earlier this year, and will be taking to market in Spring 2018. Because they don’t like to sit still, Andi and her husband also have a laser engraving and sublimation company, Lasting Impressions, that they have expanded this year. All these aspects of quilting have given her many opportunities to travel and do guild lectures and workshops, work with many organizations, and contribute to community service.
Atlanta NW Sewing Machine Services – www.vintage-stitch.com
Red Hen Fabrics – www.Redhenfabrics.com
M.F.E.O. – coming soon
Lasting Impressions – www.atlantalaserengraving.com
Vicki has spent over 20 years as a nurse. She has worked with many clients over the years, helping them cope with illness and the unintended consequences of being ill. Cancer affects not only the person who is diagnosed but also the family and community of people whose lives are touched by it. In addition, quilting has been a life long passion of Vicki’s. She started out by making simple square quilts with her mother from polyester fabric and tying them with yarn. Vicki continues to quilt every day and believes quilting is a way to give a symbolic hug to someone. A quilt is a physical representation of love and caring. Teaching and making quilts is a way that Vicki enjoys sharing with others and to give hope to those touched by pediatric cancer. She wants the cycle of caring and giving to continue. It is truly greater to give than receive…. and to be part of something much larger than ourselves.
My Creative Corner3:https://mycreativecorner3.wordpress.com
Andi and Vicki are two of my BQFs (best quilty friends), and I am so delighted that they are on our board. Quilts for Cure is in wise, generous, and enthusiastic hands with these lovely women on board. Thank you, Andi and Vicki!!
1) Sign up for our newsletter. Starting sometime in May, it will be the way I communicate the most regular updates about fundraising, the number of quilts we have distributed, etc.
2) Your Story Does your child have cancer? We would love to share your story on Friday Fighters and find a quilter to send a quilt to your family. Please email me at hollyanne (at) quiltsforcure.org
3) SHARE Please share our website, blog posts, and social media information on your website, blog post, and media information. The success of Quilts for Cure will be in many, many people coming together as a network of advocates for our children. In addition to www.quiltsforcure.org, you can find us on @quiltsforcure on Facebook and Instagram.
Thank you, everyone! Keep fighting!