I made this quilt with the help of a few people online - a very generous sewforum member - and an amazing Craftster here who did some shopping and we did a bit of a material swap for some LSU for the quilt. I don't know if she would want me to *out* her here - when you go shopping for someone that word could get out and she might get swamped with requests to do the same - and I don't want to do that to her - she might pop in here and out herself though but I didn't want to be presumptuous and just post up her name just in case she wanted to stay anonymous..
I put out a plea for help obtaining LSU fabric. My son's teacher's son has stage 4 Hodgkin's disease and has been in the hospital since before Xmas. He finished up his second round of chemo and is waiting for his white blood cells to return to normal so that they can harvest his core blood so that he can be his own bone marrow donor.... I wanted to make him something to help his stay in the clean room a little more bearable...
Two fantastic people helped me out and got me enough material to make a nice sized lap quilt - it ended up being about 50"x46" - and a nice tote bag to take it in to the hospital with.
I delivered it today and she was just speechless. She's probably on her way to hospital now to go see him and give it to him. I can't wait for the pictures!
RJ has a website right now if you would like to check it out - she promised to take a few pictures and post them for us!! http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/rjjackson
Without the help of these two very fantastic people I would not have been able to make this boy's day. I know it will mean a lot to him and I am so happy that I was able to finish it this morning so that she could give him a very heartfelt Valentine's Day present.
Okay. Picture time!!
The whole quilt..
A corner flipped up so you guys can get a peek at the stippling I did.
And the tote bag... I put a pocket on the front and also one on the inside using the leftover two blocks that I had. You can see the pocket - cleverly hidden since I matched it up perfectly to match the material's print... I tucked the strap in so you could see it a bit better...
And the backside of the tote bag.
The very generous sewforum member also had sent me some pink and white LSU material and I am going to make Collin's teacher a tote with it. I didn't have time to make both totes before giving it to her. I really wanted to make sure I had everything for RJ first and foremost.