A while back I mentioned a friend who was diagnosed with Acute (meaning it came on really suddenly) Leukemia (cancer.) She lives in Washington DC and I felt so helpless about what to do to help. Well, as in times past when I've felt totally helpless because of distance, I came up with another quilt idea. (It's probably time I start to get more creative.)
This time I had a partner in crime. My friend JR (the one diagnosed with cancer) and I met as flatmates while on Study Abroad in London. We had another very hilarious flatmate named Laurie. Those two girls kept me laughing for months while we learned the difference between Baroque and Rococco architecture, sang showtunes from the West End and complained about Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. Well, lo and behold these many years later, all three of us have independently become, what I like to lovingly call, 'quilt nerds.'
So when I first heard of J's diagnosis, I immediatly contacted Laurie and asked her if she wanted to colaborate on a Union Jack quilt for our London-loving friend. (As opposed to me, Laurie has actually already completed a Union Jack quilt.) She was in. And she ended up doing the lion's share of the work.
I sent a bunch of Union Jack blocks and some more fabric to Laurie in California. She procured the rest of the fabric, made the rest of the UJ blocks, assembled everything, quilted the quilt and sent it off to our friend J in Washington DC.
I just happened to coicidentally talk to J today. She was finally released from the hospital after being there for weeks of chemo treatments. And she was finally at home and wrapped up in her new quilt. I was so happy that she'd received it and knew how much we loved her.
J has received bunches of quilts from other loving friends, so I'm not going to pretend that this one is the be all and end all of cancer fighting quilts. But I am gratetful we did something- and that it was happily recieved. And more than that, I feel grateful for the friends God has placed in my life - especially the kind that last all these years later. Laurie - thanks for all of your hard work pulling this together so quickly. Hang in there JR. We're pulling for you and sending lots of love and prayers (which are even better than quilts) your way.
Thanks also to Laurie for these photos without which I would have no post today. :) Our home computer is having issues and is off to get professional help. I am blogging briefly from my husband's laptop but don't have access to my picture stuff. So I will return shortly. If you can't get ahold of me for a day or two, know that I'm keeping myself busy - esp without the computer to distract me. :)