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Thread: Making a quilt for cancer patient

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    Super Member Flying_V_Goddess's Avatar
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    A family that our family is friends with is going through a rough time. "The dad" has been going through cancer treatments this year and for a while it was in remission, but recently they found that it came out of remission and spread even further. It was throat cancer (which is surprising because he doesn't smoke and doesn't drink heavily) and now its spread to the head, shoulders, and I think the blood system. One doctor gave him up to a year to live and a second doctor said he thinks it can be put back in remission. Either way he's going for another three weeks of chemo.

    I got the idea to make a quilt today. Something nice and cuddly for when he's resting, going through chemo, etc. I think I want to make the Shuriken design I made. I had made a block from that design that went into a quilt being donated to another cancer patient in town. I'm thinking in Green Bay Packer colors as its his favorite team. I'm not sure on the size...he's like 6'2. I think I'll make the blocks extra large so I'm not spending so much time sewing together all these little blocks.

    What do you think?

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    I think it sounds like a wonderful thing to do.

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    What a wonderful thing for you to do!!!

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    I just completed and gave a "cuddle" quilt to my HS friend who has cancer. I used the tube quilt method with bright colors and used flannel for the backing. She loves it and she and her 4 yr old GD have been taking naps under it.

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    Perfect. I like the flannel idea if you can!

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    Great idea....speaking from experience, a lap quilt is so nice to snuggle in while on chemo. Im sure he would appreciate anything and the big blocks would be ideal .

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    That's a sweet idea. :-)

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    Here's the idea. Except I'm thinking green and yellow on a white background

    [IMG]http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q...s/Shuriken.jpg[/IMG]

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    My DH is 6'4" and I have found that if you add 2/3 of length of a regular lap quilt to the length and 1/2 width to the width, you have a great size for taller people. Good lucka and God bless the recipient and you.

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    That will make a wonderful quilt for him, maybe fleece or flannel for the backing....

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    wow...not a simple blocks pattern but I LOVE it ! The colors that you're thinking of is cheerful and different !
    And use flannel on the backing??

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    Quote Originally Posted by nwm50
    wow...not a simple blocks pattern but I LOVE it ! The colors that you're thinking of is cheerful and different !
    And use flannel on the backing??
    I might. I think they even have the Green Bay Packer flannel, too.

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    What a nice thing to do :D:D:D
    Just a suggestion, if he is going to be taking this to chemo, doctor, etc... you may want a darker background color :wink:

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    What a nice thing to do :D:D:D
    Just a suggestion, if he is going to be taking this to chemo, doctor, etc... you may want a darker background color :wink:
    Why's that?

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    That's a gorgeous pattern!!!!!!!!!!! You are so nice to do that. :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by sueisallaboutquilts
    That's a gorgeous pattern!!!!!!!!!!! You are so nice to do that. :)
    Thanks!

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    Our group made one for a member that was getting chemo (a nurse) there are a lot of nurses in our group and going by what some of the remarks from former clients we made the quilt with light batting and cuddly flannel for the backing.We did one in fall colors requested and just finished a pastel, again a color request.

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    Now question is...what kind of fabric should I choose? I know I want to go with a goldish kind of yellow and a darker green (not as green as the Packers have, but like a few shades darker than a "green green"). amma didn't explain why I should go with a darker background color. But white is part of the Packers colors. And...I thought I'd never say this...I don't want to go with black for the background (anyone that knows me knows I use black in just about everything I design! I mean, the quilt I'm working on now is black Slipknot shirts with black borders. lol).

    There are so many fabrics in green and gold. Like solids, blenders, batiks, etc. The only one I don't want to go with (for the front of the quilt anyways) is the licensed Packer fabric. I mean I am playing off their colors and we do live in Wisconsin so people will probably think of the team when they see it, but I don't want it to be so obvious that I'll use the football fabric.

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    My sons are 6'2" and 6'3" and I make their quilts 92 i nches long. They love the length.

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    Such a nice thing for you to do. Don't you find that when you hear bad news like that one of the 1st things you think of to help & give comfort is a quilt?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maggiemay
    Such a nice thing for you to do. Don't you find that when you hear bad news like that one of the 1st things you think of to help & give comfort is a quilt?
    Yeah, but it seems like we'll find any excuse to quilt. I'm now making a Slipknot quilted wall hanging for a friend because when I showed him the idea for my other t-shirt quilt he half jokingly said I should make one for him except out of Slipknot shirts. I stopped working on the other quilt (the quilt was intended for my boyfriend, but we broke up) and I decided to make it for myself later. But I still wanted to work on something for somebody and I remembered what he said and thought, "Why not? I only have a month until Christmas and the costs will be expensive....but who cares? I want to do it!"

    As soon as I get done with the wall hanging I'll get started on Dale's quilt. If anything I'll start looking at fabrics and figuring out sizes.

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    I really like the pattern that you have chosen. I did the samething for my brother who went threw cemo also, but I did Denver Broncos my brother was very happy with it.

    Joanna,

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    when my hubby was diagnosed with cancer terminal,,,,. I made him a quilt...actually I sent each child and grandchild a 12" square and asked them to draw or make their choice... some were poems, some jokes, some pictures or just memories of good times and well wishes..I also did the same with our friends...two quilts to take with him to chemo treatments..it gave him lots to show and talk about during at times 7 hours of treatment..at first he didn't want to take them but gave in and really enjoyed bragging.....I have also done quilts for friends with well wishes from anyone who visited them... just a thought

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