Smiley Kylie

Operation Smiley

Operation Smiley 2019

 
Operation Smiley: Quilts for Kids with Cancer through Quilts for Cure Click to learn more and donate!
 

It’s that time of year again.

18 days until Kylie’s 17th birthday. And she’s not here to celebrate (stupid cancer). That’s why WE celebrate her legacy of joy, hope, and generosity each year with #OperationSmiley. To be perfectly honest, I’ve lost count a bit of how many quilts we’ve made as part of this project the last two years. We made 10 in 2017, we aimed for 16 in 2018, and I think we were sent blocks for about 30?! Crazy!! Y’all’s block making skills were so overwhelmingly generous last year that we’re actually still finishing those quilts which is why we’re going to do something a little bit different this year:

 
Kylie Myers as Annie at Perimeter School

Kylie Myers as Annie at Perimeter School

 

Who: You and your Quilty Friends
What: Make quilt tops and finished quilts using Cluck Cluck Sew’s 10” (finished) heart block pattern (Click here for the pattern). Each top/ quilt should be made from 20 blocks in a 4x5 layout with a 5” (finished) border
When: February- April 2019. Please send all tops/ quilts to Quilts for Cure by April 30th, 2019.
Where: Mail to: Quilts for Cure c/o HollyAnne Knight PO Box 1831 Duluth GA 30096
Goal: 17 quilts for Kylie’s 17th Birthday
Tag on Instagram Photos: @quiltsforcure #quiltsforcure #operationsmiley #quiltersvscancer

This is an amazing opportunity for teamwork. If you are a “topper” or just want to make a few blocks, I encourage you to team up with a friend (or five) and make a quilt together. Many hands make light work!

(Speaking of many hands: on the label, please include the First Name, Last Initial (or name), and state of each quilter who helps with your quilts as well as “Operation Smiley 2019 with Quilts for Cure”!)

Want to support #OperationSmiley but not yet a quilter? Please donate to Quilts for Cure to cover shipping costs, supplies to finish quilts, etc!

Thank you for your continued generosity!!

 
Operation Smiley: Quilts for Kids with Cancer through Quilts for Cure. Click to learn more and give!
 

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

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.