Our Progress

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Phase 2

Although I am still gladly accepting all donations of 4 patches, I am realizing that I need to shift my focus to the materials I need to finish the many quilts that these blocks will create.

On Saturday I am going to a quilt show/craft show, where I will have a booth to promote 4Patches4Hope and sell some small handcrafted items to help raise funds for batting, backing and thread supplies.

At that time, I am also debuting a quilt sponsorship form, which will allow anyone (including any of you) to dedicate a quilt in honor or in memory of anyone.  I will take that information and incorporate it into the label that goes on the finished quilt.  Sponsorships are $20 per quilt, and can be in the form of checks (made out to Regina Arlauckas) or $20 JoAnn's gift cards.  I can also take PayPal - and you can contact me if you wish to pursue that option.

If you would rather donate backings, I am looking for 2 yard pieces of 44" wide fabrics (or wider).  At this time, it is easier for me to purchase batting myself as storing odds and ends of batting is not feasable.

Please note that I am not a registered charity, so these cannot count as tax deductions.  I can only promise to use any funds in the most economical and frugal way possible, and to direct them all to materials for these quilts.


Tuesday, July 10, 2012

The World Spins in Small Circles

When I first started 4Patches4Hope, it was a remembrance of my mother, and a chance to do something in her memory for chemotherapy and radiation patents alike.

Now, as we are nearing the one year mark since Mom's passing, my very own sister is beginning radiation treatment of her own.

Terri - who was Mom's medical advocate and companion to nearly every treatment.
Terri - who accompanied me to deliver the first batch of quilts in April.
Teri - who when we visited the radiation facility to drop off quilts was told "now I don't want to see you or any of your family members here"....

Big sister, Terri.

After a whirlwind few days in early May surrounding an American Cancer Society Relay for Life, bug up the nose, blinding headaches and MRI's, Terri was diagnosed with a benign atypical meningioma - 3cm in size.  Surgery was scheduled quickly, went well (she was posting to Facebook not 24 hours later) and her recovery has been strong and steady - but a bit remains - so her 6 week course of radiation begins soon.  In the same facility where Mom was treated.

Thanks to the support of all the quilters around the world who have sent blocks - I know she will be warm in the radiation waiting area.

More quilts are in progress.  And for those who ask - YES I am still accepting blocks.

Because you never know what the next day will bring...