Walk of Hope

Most people have a cause or charity that they support, and for many, the reason they support that particular organization is because they have been touched on a personal level. The cause that is close to my heart is The Walk of Hope for Ovarian Cancer. Seven years ago, a very special lady lost her battle with ovarian cancer. Barbara Lepitzki was an incredible person. She was a wonderful daughter, sister, mother, aunt, grandmother, cousin, and friend, who always gave freely of her time and wisdom, even when she was ill. For example, soon after she was diagnosed, she joined the Cancer Connection to help support newly diagnosed cancer patients and their families. This year marks the 11th year since Barbara and her friend Catterina brought the Ovarian Cancer Walk of Hope to Saskatoon. Her beautiful sisters continue to co-chair the Walk in Barbara’s memory. I have been asked in the past to provide a quilt for the board to raffle off to raise funds, and I was honoured to be asked to do the same this year.

My goal when asked to do a fundraising quilt is to find a universally appealing design and fabrics. It can be extremely difficult, as everyone’s tastes are different. I had a gorgeous batik Gemstone from Cantik Batiks in the Great Lakes colourway, and some coordinating yardage, so I figured that would be a good place to start.

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I played around with several ideas on EQ5 before i found one that I liked.

In the end, I went with the last layout, but I changed the borders around a bit. I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out, and I hope it brings in a good amount for the walk.

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I used silver grey thread, and the Bubbles pantograph to quilt it. A pop of colour for the binding really adds to the overall look. I know it won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but I’m hopeful that it is pleasing enough to the majority of ticket buyers.

Keep an eye out for the Walk of Hope booth in and around Saskatoon this spring and summer. You’ll find them at farmer’s markets and trade shows. The Walk of Hope is usually held in September at Meewasin Park in Saskatoon. I will keep you updated as details are finalized so that you can participate in this very important cause.an find

Thanks to Jenn from A Quarter Inch From the Edge for suggesting that I put a link on here to the Ovarian Cancer Canada website. On it you can find information about ovarian cancer, support for those diagnosed with this terrible disease, and a link to the Walk of Hope site. Please take a few minutes and visit the site. It would mean the world to me!

My Very First Throwback Thursday

I’ve been dragging my heels with the whole blogging thing again, mostly because January and February were so busy for us. We had hockey 4-5 times a week for several weeks, a quick trip to Edmonton to visit my family, and I was filling in at the town library on occasion. Things are settled down a bit and I’ve been able to get some work done.

Even if i don’t make an “appearance” on social media, I am CONSTANTLY reading blogs, pinning ideas on Pinterest, eye balling fabric, and dreaming of the zillions of quilts I would love to make in this lifetime. One of the blogs I follow  A Quarter Inch From the Edge has a really neat feature the first Thursday of every month called “Throwback Thursday” where she features a past project and encourages her readers to link up and share one of theirs. I’ve been following along for a while now and decided it’s time to jump on that bandwagon before I miss it completely!

My throwback project is a baby quilt i made for my darling cousin’s little girl back in 2008. I was just learning how to free motion quilt on my domestic sewing machine. I’m so thankful i have a longarm now. My poor shoulders couldn’t take the strain! hahaha!

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I wanted to do something sweet and simple for a baby girl but I didn’t want it to be boring. I took me no time at all to whip this puppy up and I was pleasantly surprised at how well it turned out, fmq’ing included! I bound it with a pretty purple to give it some zing and had it ready in time for the baby shower. I know. I was stunned too.

Miss Olivia is now 8 years old, and a such a bright, sweet girl. maybe someday I’ll get to make her a wedding quilt. I might even have it done in time.