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Moving it Forward

I got some news Thursday afternoon that rocked my world. A friend of my boys was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. I have watched this fine young man grow up. He and his brother and sister were a big part of my children’s lives as they grew up. 21 is far too young to have to deal with the challenges cancer brings. Cancer just sucks.  

 I got this news just as I was finishing up the quilting on a Quilty Hug, my little way of fighting cancer. Before binding it I hurried to put a Quilty Hug together for my sons’ friend. This kept me from my Friday finish but it was worth it. I had some shew fly blocks in flannel done and mostly sewn together. I finished sewing them together. Then added a border. Cut batting and made a back. I’ll be basting it tomorrow and hope to be able to give this hug by the end of the week.

 While in the mode of making backs and cutting batting I pieced a bunch of gray scraps together

to  make a back for my yarn bomb trees.

 And just because my way of working through bad news is to try to keep busy I also pieced a back for this Quilty Hug that has been waiting to be quilted for some time.

I hope your progress has occurred under better circumstances. It would do my heart good to see it. Please link up and share.

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  • Frog Quilter says:

    I turn my stress into quilting as well. Good therapy and the recipients are hugged. Keep inspiring us.

  • Karen - Quilts...etc. says:

    it is very hard receiving news when a young person has cancer I sure hope he will be ok, sometimes life just throws us a curve – I know when we found out about our sisters brain tumor it just shook me, could not comprehend it for awhile. It was like she had just went through a very bad year nasty divorce and a move and then a brain tumor on top of it – why! so lucky for her it was not cancer

  • Alycia~Quiltygirl says:

    So sorry to hear that, but I like your small way of fighting cancer – hugs t you!

  • Karen says:

    Cancer is a scary thing. Especially in someone so young. So nice of you to make him a quilt.

  • The Colorful Fabriholic says:

    So sorry for your friend's bad news. Your quilty hug will surely be appreciated.

  • Marie says:

    It just makes your heart sink, doesn't it? But you've done a beautiful thing and I know it will be greatly appreciated the times when he needs a 'hug'.

  • Jayne Honnold says:

    You are an inspiration! I, too, have known young people with cancer, and it is just awful. I hate cancer. The only thing I hate: cancer. It just has to be cured someday.

  • Cynthia Brunz Designs says:

    Very sorry to hear someone so young is challenged with cancer. Your quilting hug will appreciated.

  • canuckquilter says:

    I'm very sorry about the bad news. I'm sure the quilted hug will lift his spirits.

  • Cathy says:

    Sad news, indeed. Sending prayers and healing thoughts. My son-in-law was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia a few months ago so we have been saying lots of prayers lately.

    It sure seems like all the cancer patients I have known are usually always cold so I guess it's always good to give quilty hugs!

  • Kristi says:

    I'm so sorry to hear you bad news. Seems like it's been a challenging time for lots of people I know. One of my family members has been in ICU for about 5 days. We are taking one-day-at-a-time. Sewing and quilting, knowing that my efforts were going to wrap someone in love really helped me this weekend. Blessings to you and your friends.

  • Needled Mom says:

    I hate to hear that sort of news. My prayers will be with him and his family during his fight.

  • Robby says:

    What lousy news. Your quilty hug will be a great reminder that he is still important to many people even if he doesn't see them daily. Wishing him a speedy recovery.

  • Jen says:

    HI! Em , Was sad to hear that news for you but you have made that beautiful quilt for when he needs a cuddle a hug and a reminder that someone will be thinking of him during this time.

  • Angie in SoCal says:

    I'll be praying for this young man. Your quilty hug will comfort him.

  • Louise says:

    I'm so sorry to hear about your young friend. I wish him comfort and good days as he battles this terrible disease. Your work on Quilty Hugs brings warmth and comfort to many. Thank you for what you do!

  • Miaismine says:

    I'm so sorry to hear about this young man! Believe me, he will appreciate your quilt! Even 14 months out of treatment, the quilt my Bee made me still lays on the foot of my bed! He as well as all of you will be in my prayers.

    Blessings and Hugs!

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