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.
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.