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Pumping Iron & Sew and tell

I pumped iron all day yesterday and I’m not sore today. In fact I’m feeling a little better. See I was pumping iron into my veins. My fickle blood count has dropped again and now I’m also anemic so hence the pumping of iron. But I was able to finish binding this quilt. Aren’t I talented? How many people do you know that can pump iron and bind a quilt all at the same time. Now that is multi tasking at it’s best. I’m calling this quilt; I’m A Maverick Star. It will go to a little boy with spinabifida who has been spending to much time in the hospital. I’m hoping it will bring comfort and joy to him. I’m linking up with Amy for Sew and tell. Check out what other great things have been created this week. Speaking of comfort and joy I have to tell you about a truly amazing woman. I met Ginger three years ago when I had my first visit to the chemo lab. She had a brand new baby. While she was pregnant with him she found out she had breast cancer. Four weeks after his birth she started chemo. Because the chemo lab is not a real happy place she had started bringing prizes for the patients there. My first visit there she told me chemo sucks and we need to do something to make it better. Yesterday she told me how on her good days she would load up her three children and go to businesses bald and with no boobs (that’s how she put it) and totally play the cancer card to get donations for chemo patients. She has been in remission for almost three years now and she continues to bring this comfort and joy to chemo patients. To check out what she does, leave up lifting thoughts for patients or to donate to her cause you can go here. She makes such a big difference in so many lives. Thank you Ginger for all you do!

Ginger sent me a button. If you want to use it here it is. Since I am computer illiterate I’ll ask that you make a link back to her sight. Let’s see if we can help Ginger make a difference in the lives of many that are facing such great odds. Thanks.


  • *karendianne. says:

    Oh Em, I love "I'm a Maverick Star." The name couldn't be more perfect and for this little boy, too. Gosh it makes my heart swell and my face smile with one of those big toothy grins. This quilt is so happy!!!

    I am so happy to read your story about truly amazing Ginger as reading about her makes a girl want to stand up and shout "Yeah"!

    You know, I occasionally think how difficult life can be with health. Just last night as a matter of fact. As with many I started the day today determined not to live in that "hard knock life" mode. Then what happens? I come to find this post and I realize – (1) I'm not alone and (2) I'm dang sure not about to whine about my problems because again, I'm not alone.

    I'm a fan of you! (…and "I'm A Maverick Star.") and Ginger.

    Thank you Em for all you do! Blocks in the mail with love, *karendianne.

  • quiltingnana says:

    I love your great color combinations and the story you shared is inspiring

  • QuiltedSimple says:

    i love your maverick star! hope you are on the mend

  • Mary says:

    I just love the Maverick Star quilt and I think that little boy will just love it!

  • Fresh Poppy Design says:

    Love the sweet story. Lvoe the quilt!

  • Karen says:

    What a great story. Maverick Star is a beautiful quilt and your generousity will come back to you ten fold. So glad you shared. And that is the best multi-tasking story I've heard in a long time :).

  • Aunt Spicy says:

    Just adore the quilt, stars are my fav!

  • Michelle says:

    Wow, your friend Ginger is an amazing woman. Thanks for sharing her story.

    Now to that quilt. It is absolutely, gorgeously, beautiful, and cheery. I LOVE it! And I bet the recipient will too. You're a good woman.

    I hope the iron does the trick and you feel better soon!

  • Kara Forristall says:

    Wow, all the fabric and colors… I love it! and thank you for sharing Ginger's story, I'll be visiting her site for sure!

  • tara says:

    Great great post!!

  • trish says:

    What a beautiful quilt! :o) Even more so the story you shared with us. :o)
    Chemo is so taxing on a person and you are giving me some great ideas for a couple who are undergoing chemo right now.
    Thank you. :o)
    Sincerely ~ Tricia

  • QuiltyBee says:

    The star quilt is fabulous–it will be treasured for sure. Thank you for sharing Ginger with us.

  • Julia says:

    What a beautiful quilt…Even more so the story you shared with us.
    I'm sure the quilt will be loved..Julia ♥

  • manuela says:

    Ha, love your sense of humor! Fits with the cheery quilt – and Ginger, it appears 🙂

  • Trisha says:

    Your maverick star quilt looks beautiful and you are very talented to pump iron and quilt. 🙂

    Ginger is amazing! I so admire people that go through challenges like that and bring a sense of humor to it. How awesome that she has taken this crappy thing that happened to her and putting smiles on other peoples faces. Wow!

  • hetty says:

    Your maverick star quilt is beautiful. Lots of colour! I like that in a quilt! I am sure it will bring comfort to that small boy. Sorry to hear that your blood is low. Take care Em.

  • Anonymous says:

    Thank you for sharing such a beautiful quilt and a beautiful cause with us. I've spent many an hour in chemo labs with my dad. They're no fun. It's wonderful that Ginger and others like you two are making a difference.

  • A Spoonful Of Sugar says:

    Your quilt is gorgeous and I am sure it will bring some joy to its young recipient!! Ginger sounds like quite a character. Sounds like she is making a big difference to many people going through a difficult time.

    Hope you are feeling brighter soon! Take care.

  • Cathie says:

    Very pretty star quilt, and sweet of you to take time and energy to make it for a boy who can use all the love he can get. I hope your iron treatment works wonders. Have a good rest of the weekend!

  • Anne at Film and Thread says:

    Fantastic quilt and of course, the boy who gets it is going to love it.

    I'm also heading over to Ginger's blog to see about it. My Mom just finished chemo for a recurrence of ovarian cancer, so anything that makes the experience better is a big plus.

  • pinksuedeshoe says:

    You continue to amaze me. And Ginger's story is so inspirational, thanks for the link to do something to help.

    PS- your quilt is adorable, btw.

  • pinksuedeshoe says:

    And I had something totally witty and funny to say about pumping iron and using a heavy needle but it has escaped me entirely.

  • Nanette Merrill says:

    Fabulous post. Loved it. You inspire me.

  • Rene' says:

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful story. I really love your I'm a Maverick Star quilt. Awesome! Thanks for sharing!

  • StitchinByTheLake says:

    Being anemic is bound to make you feel tired – here's hoping the medicine you got will turn that around. I'm low on potassium right now, have no idea why, but all I have to do is eat bananas (or raisins, prunes, baked potatoes, etc.). Glad I don't have to have your meds! blessings, marlene

  • Carla says:

    You quilt is so lovely with all those colors and fabrics!

    Thank you for the inspiration.

  • Victoria Findlay Wolfe says:

    Hey Em, we seam to have the same thing going on.. I go every two weeks for iron transfusions… for the past 9 months… I've had all the tests… nothing. very odd…
    Hope your not feeling to BLAH … I know it well… your scrappy stars are fabulous!

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