Kylie Myers

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

E Pluribus Unum Project

Georgia: Honor Young Cancer Fighters

E Pluribus Unum Project Georgia Quilt

Good morning, everyone!

I am thrilled to announce that the Georgia E Pluribus Unum Quilthas been selected to be part of the East Cobb Quilter's Guild's Georgia Celebrates Quilts show in June!!

I am in the process of quilting the top, and I need your help! I want the back of this quilt to be FILLED with the names of young Georgia cancer fighters before it hangs in the show. Here's how we're going to do it:

1) If you are the parent or guardian of a child in Georgia who is fighting or who fought against childhood cancer, please email me your child's first and last name/last initial to hollyanne (at) quiltsforcure.org

2) If you are reading this, SHARE this post on your Facebook page, via email, or on other social media platforms.

Here's how the quilting is coming along so far:

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I'm very excited for an E Pluribus Unum quilt to hang publicly for the very first time. At this show, the back will only be visible by request, but my artist statement explains the significance of the quilt as a way to honor Georgia's childhood cancer fighters.

For those of you who want to mark your calendars, the Georgia Celebrates Quilts Show will display several hundred quilts of various styles. It will be June 8-10, 2017 at the Cobb County Civic Center, and I believe tickets are $10 at the door.

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So let's review...

ACTION ITEMS

1) SHARE SHARE SHARE this post so that as many people as possible can learn about this quilt and this project. In addition to this Georgia quilt, there is also the Atlanta quilt. Let's FILL THEM UP and honor as many of Georgia's brave fighters as we can

2) How to Submit a Name: Email me at hollyanne (at) quiltsforcure.org with your child's first and last name/last initial. There are many more quilts in theE Pluribus Unum Project to come, so if you are outside of Georgia, include your child's home state as well.

Thanks everyone! Spread the word!

HollyAnne

Operation Smiley

Make Quilts!

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Hey Everyone!

I have a few quilty things to talk about today.

First, I finished the first #OperationSmiley quilt! I haven't counted up all the blocks recently, but I'm confident we will make 10 quilts. I took the components of quilts 2 and 3 to Red Hen today where they will be completed by students. I have pieced the main part of quilt 4, and will add borders tomorrow. I hope that I will also get it sandwiched and basted so that I can get back to quilting a column each night-- both for progress on the quilts and for regular free motion quilting practice.

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Second, I'm am searching for a willing quilter who lives in or near North Carolina. I received a message from a grandmother this week requesting a quilt for her 15 year old grandson, Nicholas, with an inoperable brain tumor. I think a twin sized quilt (70 x 90 inches) would be just right. If you are interested, please email me at hollyanne (at) quiltsforcure.org, and I'll get you more info. Also, please help spread the word!!

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Finally, don't forget that Quilts for Cure is accepting completed quilts. You can find out more info on our Donate Quilts page, or email me at hollyanne (at) quiltsforcure.org.

ACTION ITEMS:

1) Spread the word to help us find a quilter to make a twin sized quilt for Nicholas. If you're interested, please email me at hollyanne (at) quiltsforcure.org

2) Gather your orphan blocks, UFOs, and do some stash busting, and make a quilt for a child with cancer!

3) Tell your quilty friends and guild members about Quilts for Cure in person and on social media. Share this post!

Go gold,

HollyAnne

PS Kylie's mama was on the Hallmark Channel this morning with their kitty Liza. Check it out HERE.