Thursday, March 8, 2012

Maybelle's Quilt

This is Maybelle, 11 year old daughter
On the 31st October last year, Maybelle was diagnosed with
Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia

Bianca belongs to our Stitch and Bitch group,
even though she does not live here anymore,
she is still considered one of the girls.
So, one night in November, while stitching and bitching
we decided to make a quilt for Maybelle, together

First we met at Michelle's,
everyone bought along pinks and greens from their stash,
Louise bought her Drunkards Path template
and we started slicing and stitching

Next session was at Louise's house.
Here's Judy stitching away

And Louise, pressing seams

And here is Bianca and her 4 chickens,
I snaped this photo when I visited them up in Darwin last year.
While stitching away at this quilt,
we were busy chatting about Bianca's family and Maybelle's journey to date

Taking Shape

Another session, at Sandra's home this time,
pinning the quilt.
Next job was Michelle's, to make the binding

Then the quilt was passed on to me to machine quilt

Then I passed it back to Michelle and Sandra,
who took the quilt on a summer holiday to South Australia
with their families and started stitching on the binding,
then completed the binding back home.

Bron, who now lives in Melboune, sent up the label that she hand stitched,
Then I stitched it on...

And finally finished!
We were all very happy with the finished product
and each of us could easily have snaffled it for ourselves.
It was delivered to Maybelle a few weeks ago,
thanks to Granny Di the courier. 

I can not even begin to imagine what Maybelle and her family are going through,
the chemo, the hospital stays, the emotions, seperation from her friends and family.
But Maybelle is one Tough Cookie, very wise and mature for her young age.
Maybelle has a long road ahead,
but she is going to kick Leaukemia's Butt!

Bianca's cousin is participating in the 
Leukaemia Foundation
Worlds Graetest Shave

 Bianca's friend and children are also participating in the
Leukaemia Foundation 
Worlds Greatest Shave



  1. Oh, boy, bawling my eyes out now! what an awesome bunch you all are, and a treasure of a quilt.

  2. That is an absolutely beautiful story, thanks so much for sharing with us all

  3. Wow thats just beautiful.
    I'm so glad that you took photos to illustrate the journey too.

  4. I'm crying too.
    Such a special quilt.
    Such a shit thing to happen to M and her gorgeous family.
    But if anyone can kick cancer's but it's them.

  5. You guys are lovely and so is that quilt.
    I'm sure it will help being curled up in all that stitchy love.

  6. Taken me 5 days, didn't want to be too mushing or anything, I know how much you hate that. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you xox

  7. Well done you all. Lovely lovely quilt! I am sending lots of healing vibes to them all.

  8. this is a beautiful blog post. i hope maybelle gets through this! my thoughts are with her and her family. stay strong xoxo Lauren Wood


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