Wednesday, August 24, 2011

A very important quilt (to me) has found a new (permanent) home! **Giveaway?**

Pin It First off, I just realized this is my 101st post!  That's crazy!  I should have a giveaway.  In fact, I think I will!

Riley Blake recently sent me this rolie polie of Lola's Posies by Lila Tueller.  We all love Lila Tueller, right?  I'm not sure why they sent it to me, but I'm definitely not complaining.  If I had the time to do something with it, I would definitely NOT be giving it away.  Unfortunately, in the foreseeable future, I see no future for this bundle of pre-cuts unless one of you does something with it.  So you know the drill!  Leave a comment (any comment) and I'll use that handy dandy random.org thingy-mabobber to pick a winner. I can't commit to a certain day because I'm really freakin' busy, y'all.  But it'll be next week! Sound good?

Now!  Back to the topic at hand!

I sent my Ovarian Cancer Quilt off to California today (that's not it's actual "name", but its actual name is kind of offensive).


California is not its new home!  But it is the home of OASIS of Southern California.  They requested my quilt to display at hospitals in California for the month of September (Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month).

I had to finish hand sewing the binding on just to ship it!  I took a "night off" last night and worked on it from 7pm to midnight.  And today, it shipped.

This quilt was such a labor of love.  I started piecing it (and wanted it to be really simple) when I was home recovering from my hysterectomy. I was in so much pain by the time I got done piecing it, I couldn't walk for a day!  Here it is (from the back side, for some reason - must've been the pain meds) pre-quilting:


I did color trapunto, faux trapunto and dense background filling.



I even included a few hidden messages in the quilting.


So this quilt will be on display through the end of September.  Then it will be shipped back to me.

I made it to donate it for auction to fund ovarian cancer research.  But when a friend of mine saw it, he asked how much I would charge to make one.

First of all, I suck at charging for stuff.  I'm finally growing the courage to charge a fraction of what I should for my quilting, but to be commissioned for a quilt like this?  Yeah, I'm better at giving stuff away.  Not to mention he's a 32 year old bachelor and if I quoted him a price, I would be responsible for his untimely death.

I thought about it for about two minutes and told him that he could have mine.  He's a friend from high school.  Actually, he was more my older sister's friend and just mostly teased me (my nickname was butt chin junior, his nickname was fish lips).  But his sweet mother died last year from ovarian cancer after a 12 year battle. 

I can (and will) always make another ovarian cancer quilt.  For now, this one has found its place in the world.  It will be completed with a personalized embroidered label on the back just in time for his father, whose wife was lost too soon, for Christmas!  And in return, I've been promised a picture of his dad's face when he opens it.

Perfect!

43 comments:

  1. I just want to tell you that I have stalked your blog for awhile now... ( I know creepy) BUT I am a 32 year old longarm quilter, I swear... alot. And I find your posts very interesting. I think some day we will meet and it will be weird... for you :)I saw your quilt at the Milwaukee show, and it was fabulous!!

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  2. Love your quilt! Very beautiful!And you are a very kindhearted person to give it away to bless your friend and his father!

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  3. What a lovely quilt and it will be so appreciated. I have followed your blog for a while now, and I really enjoy it.

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  4. I'm very touched by your quilt story! Plus the work is beautiful! <3 I'm a huge admirer of your work.

    Giving away things that matter to you and things you've poured your heart and soul into is the best way of caring and at the same time enriching your own life! Quilts are love and hugs in fabric form... :)

    I enjoy your blog, lots! :)

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  5. It's a wonderful quilt and I think it's going to the right place. That's one of those "priceless" things.

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  6. That is a stunning quilt but then ALL your quilts are stunning. I am forever amazed at your work. You are one talented, crazy quilty girl!

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  7. You realize that the quilt was really made for your friend, even though you didn't know it at the time. It's going where it belongs. And, btw...it's beautiful.

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  8. Oh, thanks for the giveaway! Fantastic quilt - wow!

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  9. I would love to win your give-away, so I'm crossing my fingers!!

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  10. Love the quilt! Thanks for the giveaway too.

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  11. Beautiful quilt and great giveaway!

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  12. What a generous heart you have. It's a gorgeous quilt. I love the butterflies in it. Thank your for the giveaway, I'm sure one of us will find something to do with those precuts. :)

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  13. Just found your blog thru Facebook Your quilt journey of learning is so inspiring. You make beautiful quilts and your quilting is amazing! You have such a generous heart - a gift means the quilt is priceless - worth more than mere money. You definitely have another blog reader here. Winning your giveaway would be nice but finding your blog is great. :)
    sheila.fernkopf@gmail.com

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  15. I read your story about challenging yourself on Michele Foster's Quilting Gallery. I was very impressed. Before my dear Mom went blind, she and I used to have such good times quilting together. We vowed that every class we took we would try something we had never done before. She always was my inspiration as a woman who never gives up, thinks of others first and can make a silk purse out of a sow's ear! You strike me as that same kind of woman! Bless you.

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  16. Your quilt is beautiful! What a perfect gift for your friend. I came from the Quilting Gallery and wanted to let you know that I thought your guest post was excellent. I'm a big fan of "just do it" too. :)

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  17. What a beautiful quilt and how thoughtful of you to give it away to a good home. I know from experience that when you put that much love into a quilt it is hard to let it go and I admire you for doing so. Congrats on your 101st post!
    Happy Stitching!
    Gale
    P.S. Love Riley Blake!!!

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  18. Your quilting is amazing and I know the quilting will be much loved. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  19. You amaze me with the talent you possess. When I think you can't get any better, you do. Your quilt is awesome, and God had His hand in yours when you were making it, because it was for that dear friend . You just didn't know it at the time.

    Oh, and almost forgot, please enter me in the giveaway. I'd love to have some of that yummy fabric.

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  20. Wow, your quilt is amazing and such a lovely thing for you to do. That is the amazing thing about quilts...they can bring someone such joy. It's a great thing to be a part of. Thanks for the chance of the giveaway.

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  21. Your quilt is AMAZING!! I love the fabric and would be giddy should the magical random number pick me........

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  22. LOVE the dense background quilting and the special FMQ quilted message. Beautiful colors! What an honor for them to display your quilt. Great job.

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  23. What a sweet story! I voted for your other quilt -- I actually "know" a lot of the finalists, but I voted for you!

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  24. Beautiful work! Happy 101st post and thanks for the giveaway :) mamalusco at ortelco dot net

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  25. Hello Lisa Marie,

    Congrats on your blogging. This is a truly beautiful quilt, thanks for sharing the story behind it. A truly good cause.
    Happy days.
    Bev.xoxo

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  26. the quilting on your quilt is lovely......

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  27. Oh wow. That quilt and the story that go with it are beautiful.
    thanks

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  28. Beautiful quilt! so simple and elegant.
    thanks!

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  29. Your blog is truly inspiring! I found you via Michele over at The Quilting Gallery! The Ovarian cancer Quilt is gorgeous! I lost my mother to Extra Ovarian Carcenoma, Sept 1, 2009 and I made her a simple lap quilt using the teal fabrics. Your quilt is beyond gorgeous and will be loved by all who lay their eyes on it! The recipient that it will go to is supposed to have the quilt.. that is the way of things...they happen for reasons beyond our knowledge.

    You have truly inspired me to push myself outside of my comfort zone. I have been saying "tomorrow" long enough! Tomorrow is here! Thank you!

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  30. Loved your story on QUilting Gallery and this lovely post, too. Thank you for sharing and challenging. Thanks for the giveaway chance, too.

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  31. Wonderful quilt and such a wonderful cause as well! Love reading your blog, you never fail to inspire!!

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  32. Your quilt is wonderful and I have enjoyed reading your blog. Thanks for the chance to win your give away too.

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  33. Lisa-Your quilts are beautiful! Pretty cool I get to see them in the shop!

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  34. Lisa, I would love to win this Rolie Polie of Lola's Posies. I love this fabric. Thank you for the chance to win it. And, thank you for the story of your quilt and your generousness. Your friend's father will be truly touched and blessed by it. Take care and God bless, Cory

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  35. It's so gorgeous! I love how the simple design makes the quilting the star of the show. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  36. I love your Ovarian Cancer Quilt and how nice of you to give it away. You are so generous in your giveaway. Love to visit your blog.

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  37. Yes!! I was called fish lips lol. After talking with lisa and me showing her my mothers mom's memorial website. I was so shocked when she said, that she would just give it too me. When I assisted that I would pay whatever price for it. I know it will mean alot to me and especially my father. September 22nd is my mothers birthday and when my grandma passed last year due to cancer also on that same day. He is going to take it hard. I know my father will be truely amazed and show it off for this wonderful gift on a tough holiday that my mother loved! After that day talking to lisa I thought there really wasn't any decent people out there.... and really she showed me that there are and it's even the ones you haven't seen for years. I feel so blessed and SO THANKFULL for her careing heart and fantastic skills! That she can make people feel so good with her creativity when she was in a bad time. I THANK YOU SO MUCH!! Every time I look at this quilt a tear comes to my eye. I can't wait for my dad to open and see it on xmas day! And of course several pictures will be taken. Thats a promise for sure.

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  38. I forgot please check out my moms memorial.
    http://judyjakub.memory-of.com/About.aspx

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  39. That quilt & your story is ultra-inspiring. I just love your matter-of-fact way about things. I look forward to seeing more of your work!

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  40. What an inspiration you are!!! I am so glad I found your blog. Thanks for sharing.

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  41. You are very talented! Thank you for sharing your ideas with us in cyberspace.

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  42. I would love to have a quilt like this for my best friend who is battling Ovarian Cancer, for 5 years now. This would be so nice for her to take to her chemo treatments. If u ever start making them to sell anytime soon, I would give my left arm for one (lol) but would pay for one!! It is beautiful!!

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