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Thread: My Fundraising Quilt

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    This is a quilt with a story. I lost a friend to breast cancer last year and was having a difficult time with the loss. Another friend suggested that I make something in her memory so I went on a journey through my fabric stash and found four 5"squares that Valorie had given me in a fabric square exchange. I decided I would make a wall hanging and started to play around with matching fabric. Then I changed my mind and decided to make a tote bag. I would go into the sewing room and make mindless squares over and over. Then the bag become a quilt. The four 5" squares were used in the center of the quilt. To be honest, I didn't mean to make the center squares that small but I made a cutting mistake so that decided the size.

    While I was working on the quilt I decided that I wanted to do something more so I signed up to do the Susan G Komen 3-Day for the Cure event in San Francisco. So in September I will be walking 60 miles to raise money for breast cancer. My goal is to raise $10,000 in Valorie's name. I then realized her quilt was my fundraiser so I am raffling it off. It seemed so logical because Valorie was a part of it. Nowadays my life consists of fundraising and training and working and I only wave at my sewing room as I walk by but it's worth it.

    So that's my story. Thanks for looking!
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    great quilt--its good to be busy when your grieving--but there is a danger of exhausting your self--try to fit some pure pleasure[could be sewing]into your day--you need to keep your batteries charged--balance in all things

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    What a beautiful tribute to your friend and a wonderful things you are doing by walking in her name. BUT, do be careful to care for you as well. This is important so you can continue to do the good work you want to do and still maintain self. Thank you for sharing.

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    Beautiful quilt, Beautiful memory. God Bless You, IJN

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    That is a beautiful quilt!! I am sure your friend is smiling down on you with great pride and love.

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    What a wonderful thing to do, to keep her memory alive.Good luck on the walk.

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    Beautiful quilt and great way to remember your friend.

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    What a wonderful tribute to your friend. I'm sure Valorie would be proud.

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    That is so lovely. And there she is, right at the centre of it. What a healing thing to do for you.

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    What a beautiful quilt. I hope it brings in lots of money.

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    She must have been a great friend and will be in your heart forever.

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    Great story, beautiful quilt.

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    beautiful quilt and a wonderful story its so hard to loose wonderful friends maureen

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    Quote Originally Posted by jemma
    great quilt--its good to be busy when your grieving--but there is a danger of exhausting your self--try to fit some pure pleasure[could be sewing]into your day--you need to keep your batteries charged--balance in all things
    Your quilt is lovely and a fine tribute/fundraiser. Please don't get lost in the process of this activity. that would not benefit your friend or the others who care about you.

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    Your quilt is beautiful and you are an amazing woman-you've chosen a wonderful way to work through your grief.

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    That is gorgeous!

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    beautiful quilt!

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    Bless you Norma for the love you put into this quilt. I hope you raise the money on your quilt.

    BTW, my name is Norma as well. That is not a common name.

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    Wow! Amazing quilt made with such love of a dear friend! I am so sorry for your loss......

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    I love what you're doing in memory of your dear friend! Grief is expressed so differently in all persons. Exercise is actually an awesome way to work through it...and because it releases stress busting endorphins it helps alleviate the blues we often experience with grief. You'll get back to your sewing when the time is right. I'm a believer that everything has a season...this is your season to do this for your friend. Thank you for all you're doing to raise money for the cure. Too many of us have been touched by cancer in one way or another. Blessings to you!

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    What a beautiful way to honor your friendís memory! Best to you on your 60 mile walk in loving memory of Valorie. The quilt is beautiful! I'm sorry for your loss.

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    Great quilt.

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    Love it, love the colors (gotta love purple).

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    Thanks everyone! I will find time for myself. In fact I am hoping/planning to spend some time on a BOTM tonight. I live in the California mountains and many of my training walks are along rivers and lakes. Beautiful scenery that does a lot for my soul. Also, I injured my hip in Nov and it took me 4 looong months to get back out walking so I am being very careful. A side benefit of all this walking is I have lost 18lbs, my A1C test is now 5.6 (non-diabetic), and my legs are starting to look great!

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    Beautiful Quilt!! What a wonderful way to celebrate your friends life.

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