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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)

MoreThan4QAL

#MoreThanQuilt4QAL :: Week 5 :: Blocks 4/5

My #MoreThan4QAL quilt after last week's progress

My #MoreThan4QAL quilt after last week's progress

Hello, Advocates and Fighters!

We have crossed the halfway mark with our block making, and this week will take us to near completion!

If you're new, the #MoreThan4QAL is our Fall Quilt-raiser, and these quilts will go to children across the country who are fighting for their lives against childhood cancer. We only have a couple of weeks left, but these blocks are quick, and we'd love it if you joined us! 

Speaking of those brave kiddos, if you know of a child fighting cancer who would be encouraged by one of these quilts, please be in touch! We'd love to share his or her story on our blog and send a quilt to brighten up the long hours of hospitals and treatments. 

This week, we'll make our next to last set of blocks. Just look at how Tonya's and Vicki's quilts are coming together!

Thank you for supporting Quilts for Cure! Please help spread the word so that we can encourage more cancer-fighting heroes!

Go Gold, 

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