In January, actually while I was in California teaching at Road to California, right in the middle of one of my classes I got the text message that one one ever wants to receive, from anyone....."I have cancer". Luckily it was lunch time when I read this text and I was able to gather my thoughts and pull it together enough to finish teaching all of my classes that week.
My mom, as many of you probably know her, the co-author of Modern One-Block Quilts and also, Cabin Fever: 20 Modern Log Cabin Quilts had found a lump on her breast, immediately had a mammogram, and other testing and was diagnosed with Breast Cancer.
Since that day I've been wracking my brain, how can I help? What can I do to help my family? Because I live about 300 miles away, and still have a little family to take care of and provide for, I knew that I couldn't drop everything to be there throughout the duration of her fight. I'm not wealthy, and don't come from great fortunes, however, I do think I'm creative and I think I've finally come up with a plan, hoping that I might be able to help just a little bit.
Last year a I created a few tutorial series' with free quilt block tutorials. I've had a great response to those tutorials and have had several asking for me to create the tutorials with patterns for larger, one block quilt size blocks. Last week it finally hit me! That's exactly what I can do for my mom! I can re-write my tutorials in the giant size and sell them, with 100% of the proceeds from the pattern sales being donated to my mom to help ease the financial burden that is being placed on her.
Today I've got the first pattern available, the Morning Star, I'm hoping to get several of these written into the 72" quilt size over the next few months.
If there are any of the patterns that you'd like to see in the 72" size, please, leave a comment and let me know.
The PDF pattern is available for purchase here for just $5.00 and I will be donating 100% of the proceeds to my mom, Kathleen Whiting to help her with this fight against Breast Cancer.
I have sketched the pattern in two different color-ways the first using A Bright Sun by A Quilting Life and the second using Prairie by Cory Yoder.