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Alma's quilt, basted
Betty checks out Alma's quilt

DarkHawk98 is fighting lung cancer.  A surgery has been postponed because he got pneumonia in the lung unaffected by the cancer.  Through it all, he's kept a sense of humor, as you can see from his Monday Night Cancer Club diary, Unexpected Detours.  Let's help this gentle man with a community quilt, so he'll always feel community support as he undergoes his treatment.

AntKat's quilt, showing backing
AntKat's quilt, showing backing

What is a community quilt?  It is a quilt bearing messages from you, transcribed by me in archival ink on muslin.  My sister and I sew the messages into colorful quilts.  DarkHawk98 will be able to wrap himself in your kindness, any time.  And the community support will support him as he heals.

earicicle's quilt, detail
earicicle's quilt, detail

If you would like to help with the cost of material and time to make the quilt, here is a PayPal link -- or message me for an address if you prefer checks.  $10/message is suggested -- although some people give more to cover for those who can't afford to donate.

Betty on earicicle's quilt
Betty loved earicicle's quilt -- and then we sent it away!

These people have already left messages for DarkHawk98.  Check here if you don't remember if you have left one or not!

1.    Arizonablue
2.    JekyllnHyde
3.    Chacounne
4.    Swampyankee
5.    DrLori
6.    cfk in the Thumb of Michigan
7.    Ojibwa
8.    Alma
9.    murasaki
10.    Bcdelta
11.    4Freedom

earicicle's quilt, basted
earicicle's quilt, basted

Need inspiration?  Here are a few of the messages so far:

Whenever you need a smile or a hug, wrap yourself in the love from your friends at DailyKos.  arizonablue

At the end of the storm is a golden sky
And the sweet silver song of a lark.  DrLori

May our quilt bring healing vibes
Add strength and hope
Radiate the warmth of our thoughts
To raise your spirits.  Best wishes!  cfk in the Thumb of Michigan

May you have less lemons
and more chocolate as you
continue your journey to health  Alma

llbear's medallion
Medallion for llbear's quilt -- my sister drew this

These are community quilts my sister and I have made to date:

othniel (cellulitis and ensuing complications, RIP)
exmearden (cancer of heart and lung, RIP)
MsSpentyouth (brain tumor)
Moe99 (lung cancer, RIP)
Michelle Caudle (ovarian cancer, RIP)
BFSkinner (lupus)
Kitsap River (long wait for kidney donor that ended 2/18/11)
Frederick Clarkson (blood clots)
Dreaming of Better Days (lymphoma)
one bite at a time (lost house and belongings to fire)
Timroff (cellulitis)
Sol Fed Joe (multiple cancers and health problems)
Brubs (AIDS, immune reconstitution syndrome)
rserven (gall bladder infection with dangerous complications)
grndrush (brain tumor, RIP)
ImpeachKingBushII (needs liver transplant)
andsarahtoo (lupus)
Frank Cocozzelli (muscular dystrophy)
luvsathoroughbred (breast cancer)
Predictor (stroke and HIV)
Austex54 (caretaker to othniel)
Theodore Olbermann, RIP
cskendrick (antibiotic resistant infection)
Keith Olbermann (caregiver to father)
Juan (cancer)
Ana (a young horse belonging to Juan, hit by truck)
MA Liberal’s mother (Alzheimer’s)
Charles CurtisStanley (caretaker to Kitsap River)
Lorikeet (cervical cancer)
Dr. Lori (metastatic cancer)
ulookarmless (cancer, heart condition, stroke, RIP)
riverlover (caregiver to husband suffering from liver failure, now widowed)
Melody Townsel (caregiver to dying father, now deceased)
dadanation (AIDS)
Dr. William F. Harrison (leukemia, RIP)
Larry Bailey (sudden loss of partner to heart attack)
ramara (adopted son with fetal alcohol syndrome)
Noor B (herniated disk from car accident)
Louisiana 1976 (fibromyalgia, severe arthritis, depression)
stumpy (MS, stroke, RIP)
bleeding heart's niece (cancer, RIP)
escapee (failure of corneal surgery)
SarahLee (lymphoma, Lyme Disease)
Bustergirl (ovarian cancer)
mimi's niece (cancer)
ZenTrainer (breast cancer)
Miss Blue (severe injury to shoulder, anxiety over coverage for surgery)
Granny Doc (bladder cancer, RIP)
mango (heart attack)
nudger (ovarian cancer, RIP)
DaNang65 (heart condition)
Lt. Choi (exhaustion)
Nurse Kelley (spinal stenosis)
Ben Masel (lung cancer, RIP)
Otterary Scribe (caregiver, grieving grandfather, grieving widower)
Aji (autoimmune diseases incl. fibromyalgia, inflammatory arthritis, & Chronic Epstein-Barr Virus Syndrome)
JaxDem (suddenly widowed)
DavidW (AIDS and other undiagnosed illness)
Jester the Marine (facing amputation of leg)
peregrine kate (endometrial cancer)
mimi (grief due to family illnesses)
alliedoc (endometrial cancer, RIP)
labwitchy (diffuse scleroderma)
Daily Kos (celebrating community)
belinda ridgewood (sudden loss of her mother)
princesspat (blood clots, deep vein thrombosis)
Scott Olsen (severe head injury)
SensibleShoes (caring for sister with brain cancer)
Joanna (cancer)
cany (grieving caretaker of mother with dementia)
Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse (breast cancer)
Scottie Thomaston (intense chronic pain from spine, kidney stones)
paradise50 (throat cancer)
woodtick (caregiver to mother with Alzheimer's)
BeninSC (mulitple fractures from bicycle accident)
Adrian (colon cancer)
Smoh (breast cancer, stroke, depression)
slksfca (sudden onset of arthritis requiring hip replacement)
arizonablue (grief and exhaustion)
Lorikeet (grieving widow - this quilt was a gift from the Rescue Rangers)
remembrance (breast cancer) and Glen the Plumber (her caregiver)
MassHarry (colon cancer)
Regina in a Sears Kit House (severe immune problems from Lyme Disease)
nannyboz (grief for father, crippling back pain requiring surgery)
raina (grief)
earicicle (breast cancer)
AntKat (cancers of the throat)

See also these two thank you posts from multiple quilt recipients:

KosAbility: A Virtual Quilt for Sara and Ann, from Community Quilt recipients

We Have Something to Say to YOU, Sara R and winglion!

nannyboz' quilt, showing backing
nannyboz' quilt, detail

Alma's quilt is being quilted as I type this.  Llbear's is on the design wall.  We just began collecting messages for michelewin -- and there will be another quilt diary for her on Thursday.

Raina's quilt
raina's quilt

These quilts are planned:

Carol in San Antonio (cancer)
UnaSpensor (Lyme disease)
MA Liberal (caretaker to her mother who has dementia)
paradox (cyclical vomiting syndrome, PTSD, depression)
Ellinorianne (rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia)
MsGrin (life long heart problems requiring multiple surgeries)
LorelieHI (PTSD, reversals of fortune, depression)

Photobucket
Goldie, quilt inspector

PAYPAL LINK FOR DARKHAWK98'S QUILT - THANK YOU!

Boots on Scottie's quilt
Boots says, "Thank you for supporting community quilts!"

Namaste.

Originally posted to Sara R on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 05:01 PM PST.

Also republished by Monday Night Cancer Club, DKOMA, Street Prophets , and Pink Clubhouse.

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