Saturday, February 25, 2012

A rare chance to own one of my quilts.

Cancer sucks, This much we know.
It broke my heart last fall when I learned that Ashley Hackshaw, the brilliant creative mind behind Lil Blue Boo, was diagnosed with Cancer.  If you have been reading my blog you know that I've been touched by cancer too much.  I lost my best friend Lauren in 2006, ten days earlier I lost my advisor Brian to Lung Cancer, my mom's friend Linda is fighting the fight, & my nephew Elijah is also in treatment for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.  {and those are just the stories I've told you}

I finally got to meet Ashley a few weeks ago at CHA

So while my heard broke for Ashley, it also filled with JOY when I saw how much the creative community online came out to support her.  Ashely has decided to CHOOSE JOY throughout this crazy ordeal and has inspired so many people.  The very moving video of her shaving off her hair has had over 35,000 views.

Treatment is expensive and Ashley needs our help.  She'd never ask for it, but a great group of her friends started Team Ashely and have planned an auction to raise money.

100% of the money raised is going to help Ashley in her fight.  Team Ashley has donated their time and is not taking any salary or compensation from this auction. This is currently the only auction endorsed by Ashley and Lil Blue Boo. 


I knew I wanted to help so I decided to donate one of my quilts to the auction.  Since I don't sell my quilts this is a rare opportunity.  There will be over 300 items in the auction so I encourage you to check it out on Monday and help in any way you can. 

The quilt that I have donated to the auction is Dot Party.  
It is one of the samples shown on the pattern cover.

 It is approximately 66" x 85" {Twin}

Fabric is Daisies & Dots by Piece o' Cake Designs for Robert Kaufman.
The background fabric is Chocolate Kona Crush which is no longer available.

I designed, pieced and quilted this quilt.
It was back before I started having Angela do all my quilting.

Fabric is Daisies & Dots by Piece o' Cake Designs for Robert Kaufman
& Chocolate Kona Crush from Robert Kaufman
Pattern - Dot Party
Quilt Designed by me 
Quilted by me
Started on 8/27/10
Finished on 10/27/10 
Quilt measures aprx - 66" x 85"


You can also help by purchasing one of Ashley's patterns.

My sister-in-law Karin has been making adorable dresses for my niece Aliyah from some of Ashley's patterns.  This dress is a combination of the Recycled T-Shirt Hoodie & Recycled T-Shirt Sienna Dress patterns.

This dress is from the Recycled T-Shirt Sienna Dress pattern.


I'll post a direct link to the auction as soon as it goes live.

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mascanlon said...

Wonderful cause Julie, I've been so moved by Ashley's JOY. And I'm eagerly waiting for the auction to go live.

bethanndodd said...

Ashley is certainly an inspiration. This is a wonderful thing you and the other bloggers are doing to help out. Looking forward to the auction. Smiles~Beth

Karens Quilts, Crows and Cardinals said...

Julie - thank you for sharing the story and for donating your beautiful quilt -- it is stunning ! Sending healing energy, smiles and joy toward Ashley !


Josie McRazie said...

Cancer sucks! Ashley sucks, too! Look at how incredibly beautiful she looks with a blad head! in all seriousness, what a great friend you are! Thank you for sharing!