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llbear's quilt
llbear's quilt

Our friend, Ebby, has been suffering from a melancholy for awhile now -- I know, because her dear friend, Bustergirl, called to say Ebby needs a quilt.  Ebby recently lost two of her beloved cats -- the second one while Ebby was traveling and unable to say goodby.  I know, personally, how grief over a beloved pet can unlock a lot of other feelings...and I also know that Ebby, who is there for everyone else when they are facing a hardship, doesn't feel her own sufferings are worth the notice of others.  Here is a woman who has been at Bustergirl's side through Bustergirl's battle with cancer, every step of the way, a loving caregiver -- and everyone who knows her knows her to be an absolute angel.  Let's hold Ebby's hand tonight and lift her heart by telling her how much we love her.  Let's wrap her in the love of a community quilt.

blocks for michelewin's quilt
"Crystal Star" blocks for michelewin's quilt

A community quilt contains messages of love and support from you transcribed by me in archival ink on muslin.  My sister and I sew your words into colorful quilts that have quite a buzz to them, from all that community love.  Ebby will be able to wrap herself up in love and support any time she is feeling low.  We'll all be there for her, in a soft, warm blanket.

llbear's quilt, showing backing
llbear's quilt, showing the backing

It takes time and material to make a community quilt -- and it is my sister's and my livelihood.  If you can help with the cost, here is a PayPal link -- or message me for an address if you prefer a check.  $10/message is suggested but some people give more to cover the loving messages of those who cannot afford to contribute.  We are grateful for your help!

DarkHawk98's quilt, detail
DarkHawk98's quilt, detail

We are almost finished with Dave in Northridge's quilt -- just waiting on the border and backing fabric to arrive.  And we are building the blocks of michelewin's quilt.  

DarkHawk98's card
handmade card by state of confusion -- this accompanied DarkHawk98's quilt

These are the community quilts we have made to date (90 of them by my count!)

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, RIP)
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)
earicicle (breast cancer)
AntKat (cancers of the throat, RIP)
Alma (breast cancer)
DarkHawk98 (lung cancer)
llbear (brittle diabetic)

Alma's quilt
Alma's quilt

These quilts are planned:

Carol in San Antonio (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)

Dusty loves llbear's quilt
Dusty checks llbear's quilt for comfort

PAYPAL LINK FOR EBBY'S QUILT - THANK YOU!

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

Namaste

Originally posted to Sara R on Mon Jan 07, 2013 at 04:57 PM PST.

Also republished by Community Quilt Project, PWB Peeps, DKOMA, Street Prophets , SFKossacks, Pink Clubhouse, and J Town.

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