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llbear's medallion
Medallion for llbear's quilt

I am very sorry to tell you that our friend, AntKat, has cancer and is entering palliative chemo treatment for it.  The tumors are making it hard for her to eat and swallow -- and she's very low on stamina.  She's seen far too many hospital beds this year and not enough of her own bed at home -- which is tiring in and of itself.  Let's make a community quilt for AntKat to let her know that she has many friends who care and that their support and good wishes will surround her every minute of every day. Let's send her our love and wrap her in community so she will always know she is not alone.

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raina's quilt, showing backing
raina's quilt, showing the backing

What is a community quilt?  It is a quilt containing loving words from you.  Write a short message to AntKat in the comments below and I will transcribe it on muslin in archival ink.  Your message will be sewn into a colorful blanket that AntKat can rest under, cuddle, cry into, and read over and over.  The love won't wash out, I promise.

Raina's quilt
raina's quilt

It takes time and material to make a quilt like this.  If you can donate toward the cost of making it, it would be great.  Here is a PayPal link for AntKat's quilt - or message me for an address if you prefer to send a check.  $10/message is suggested -- but if you can cover for someone who can't afford to donate that would be marvelous.  Some people can't afford to contribute but their messages will be very valuable to AntKat!

Regina in a Sears Kit House's quilt on her bed
Regina in a Sears Kit House's quilt, on her bed

These are the community quilts we have completed to date:  

othniel (cellulitis and ensuing complications, RIP)
exmearden (cancer of heart and lung, RIP)
MsSpentyouth (brain tumor)
Moe99 (lung cancer, RIP)
Michelle Caudle (ovarian cancer, RIP)
BFSkinner (lupus)
Kitsap River (long wait for kidney donor that ended 2/18/11)
Frederick Clarkson (blood clots)
Dreaming of Better Days (lymphoma)
one bite at a time (lost house and belongings to fire)
Timroff (cellulitis)
Sol Fed Joe (multiple cancers and health problems)
Brubs (AIDS, immune reconstitution syndrome)
rserven (gall bladder infection with dangerous complications)
grndrush (brain tumor, RIP)
ImpeachKingBushII (needs liver transplant)
andsarahtoo (lupus)
Frank Cocozzelli (muscular dystrophy)
luvsathoroughbred (breast cancer)
Predictor (stroke and HIV)
Austex54 (caretaker to othniel)
Theodore Olbermann, RIP
cskendrick (antibiotic resistant infection)
Keith Olbermann (caregiver to father)
Juan (cancer)
Ana (a young horse belonging to Juan, hit by truck)
MA Liberal’s mother (Alzheimer’s)
Charles CurtisStanley (caretaker to Kitsap River)
Lorikeet (cervical cancer)
Dr. Lori (metastatic cancer)
ulookarmless (cancer, heart condition, stroke, RIP)
riverlover (caregiver to husband suffering from liver failure, now widowed)
Melody Townsel (caregiver to dying father, now deceased)
dadanation (AIDS)
Dr. William F. Harrison (leukemia, RIP)
Larry Bailey (sudden loss of partner to heart attack)
ramara (adopted son with fetal alcohol syndrome)
Noor B (herniated disk from car accident)
Louisiana 1976 (fibromyalgia, severe arthritis, depression)
stumpy (MS, stroke, RIP)
bleeding heart's niece (cancer, RIP)
escapee (failure of corneal surgery)
SarahLee (lymphoma, Lyme Disease)
Bustergirl (ovarian cancer)
mimi's niece (cancer)
ZenTrainer (breast cancer)
Miss Blue (severe injury to shoulder, anxiety over coverage for surgery)
Granny Doc (bladder cancer, RIP)
mango (heart attack)
nudger (ovarian cancer, RIP)
DaNang65 (heart condition)
Lt. Choi (exhaustion)
Nurse Kelley (spinal stenosis)
Ben Masel (lung cancer, RIP)
Otterary Scribe (caregiver, grieving grandfather, grieving widower)
Aji (autoimmune diseases incl. fibromyalgia, inflammatory arthritis, & Chronic Epstein-Barr Virus Syndrome)
JaxDem (suddenly widowed)
DavidW (AIDS and other undiagnosed illness)
Jester the Marine (facing amputation of leg)
peregrine kate (endometrial cancer)
mimi (grief due to family illnesses)
alliedoc (endometrial cancer, RIP)
labwitchy (diffuse scleroderma)
Daily Kos (celebrating community)
belinda ridgewood (sudden loss of her mother)
princesspat (blood clots, deep vein thrombosis)
Scott Olsen (severe head injury)
SensibleShoes (caring for sister with brain cancer)
Joanna (cancer)
cany (grieving caretaker of mother with dementia)
Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse (breast cancer)
Scottie Thomaston (intense chronic pain from spine, kidney stones)
paradise50 (throat cancer)
woodtick (caregiver to mother with Alzheimer's)
BeninSC (mulitple fractures from bicycle accident)
Adrian (colon cancer)
Smoh (breast cancer, stroke, depression)
slksfca (sudden onset of arthritis requiring hip replacement)
arizonablue (grief and exhaustion)
Lorikeet (grieving widow - this quilt was a gift from the Rescue Rangers)
remembrance (breast cancer) and Glen the Plumber (her caregiver)
MassHarry (colon cancer)
Regina in a Sears Kit House (severe immune problems from Lyme Disease)
nannyboz (grief for father, crippling back pain requiring surgery)
raina (grief)

See also these two thank you posts from multiple quilt recipients:

KosAbility: A Virtual Quilt for Sara and Ann, from Community Quilt recipients

We Have Something to Say to YOU, Sara R and winglion!

nannyboz' quilt
nannyboz' quilt

Earicicle's messages are transcribed and I'll be assembling her quilt over the next couple days.  We have the fabrics pulled for llbear's quilt and Alma's.

Goldie likes Smoh's quilt
Goldie inspects Smoh's quilt and approves it

These quilts are planned:

Carol in San Antonio (cancer)
DarkHawk98 (cancer)
UnaSpensor (Lyme disease)
MA Liberal (caretaker to her mother who has dementia)
paradox (cyclical vomiting syndrome, PTSD, depression)
Ellinorianne (rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia)
MsGrin (life long heart problems requiring multiple surgeries)
LorelieHI (PTSD, reversals of fortune, depression)

Smoh's quilt, showing backing
Smoh's quilt, showing the backing

PAYPAL LINK FOR ANTKAT'S QUILT - THANK YOU!

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Boots says, "Thank you for supporting community quilts!"

Namaste

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Originally posted to Sara R on Mon Oct 08, 2012 at 05:00 PM PDT.

Also republished by Community Quilt Project, DKOMA, Street Prophets , Monday Night Cancer Club, PWB Peeps, and Pink Clubhouse.

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