In Memory of Pat

As you know if you are a regular reader, a diverse group of patchworkers and quilters have been participating in a year long block swap since July 2015 and one of our number started out the swap knowing she had advanced ovarian cancer.  We pulled out all the stops to get her blocks done and then they were assembled and quilted for her as, by then, she was too weak to do so herself.  She received the quilt last week – a month after we started it – and was able to see and touch it for just two days before she died.  The quilt will eventually be auctioned online on behalf of Ovarian Cancer but we were all pleased that it reached her in time.

I don’t think any of the group knew Pat personally but, as most bloggers will know, when you interact with people online you do come to feel as if you are acquainted in some way and the making and exchanging of blocks added to that feeling.

Pat's Quilt Label

 

This is the quilt label that Kate, one of the organisers of the swap, made for Pat’s quilt and, if you want to read a fuller account, Kate has written a memorial page for Pat here

Source: A Page for Pat: In Memoriam

and here’s the finished quilt in Pat’s chosen colours of teal and tan – the colour of the ovarian cancer ribbon – hastily photographed by Sue after piecing and quilting before being sent express delivery.

Pat's quilt completed

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  1. #1 by katechiconi on February 14, 2016 - 05:48

    A lovely memorial to our friend. Thank you also for spreading the word about ovarian cancer and the quilt auction, it all helps, doesn’t it? Glad you now have comments enabled, too!

  2. #2 by lovelucie1 on February 14, 2016 - 10:55

    So pleased you all made it in time. It’s very fitting that the quilt will go on for the benefit of others.

    • #3 by tialys on February 14, 2016 - 19:51

      Thanks Lucie – I am wondering whether there is something similar in the U.K. I must do some research and find out as, although I’ve offered to contribute a block or two to any quilt Kate might make – she is in Australia – it would be nice to do something U.K. (or French) based.

  3. #4 by Postcard from Gibraltar on February 15, 2016 - 14:23

    What a beautiful gift to your friend and a wonderful, inspiring way to raise awareness for this awful illness. X

  4. #5 by PendleStitches on February 17, 2016 - 12:26

    A very fitting tribute to your friend. x

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