Monday, April 14, 2014

Quilt Auction Wrap Up

A HUGE "Thank You!" to everyone who participated in our recent quilt auction.  The quilt auction was able to raise $4,610 for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation.  Whether you made a quilt, purchased one, or simply helped us to get the word out, no action or kindness was too small.  I so appreciate all your help and encouragement in helping raise funds for the research that is critical to helping our kids with brain tumors.  Thank you for your generosity!

Are you one of sweet people who was outbid on their favorite quilt? Oh, but you still want to donate your highest bid to the PBTF?  How kind of you!  You're a dear, now please click here.

I do apologize for taking a week or so to update this space with our results.  I've just been trying to catch my breath and get my house (and kids!) back in order. (You'd be shocked at how much Quilt Auction takes over my life!)

We have a very busy summer ahead of us with moving and with my oldest child starting first grade in the fall.  So I'm going to try to do a bit less quilting and blogging and more loving on my family!  It's just a bit shameful that my computer's photo album is full of nothing but quilts for the last two months.  Oops.  I need to capture more moments like this one that happened a few days ago:

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This is Charlotte's sister, Marian.  She's about as sweet as they come.  I know it's just the ol' "rag-on-the-head" stunt, but come on, look at that porcelain mug!

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And when she saw me taking her picture, it was all, "Cheese! Cheese!" from there on out.

Again, thank you so much for your support and well wishes.  If you have not yet had a chance to donate to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, please click on over before you forget.  



Friday, April 4, 2014

The Cost of Cures (not Quilts)

For two days following Charlotte's chemo infusion, I have to give her a shot.  Two shots each week is not as bad as when she was an infant, and I had to give her two shots each day.  Having a sharps container and eight different medications on top of the dresser doesn't exactly make baby's nursery Pinterest-worthy, if you know what I mean.  But when a cancer diagnosis comes a'knockin', we moms throw aside Pinterest dreams; we buckle down and do the hard work that's necessary just to keep our babies alive.

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This is hard to write because it's hard to face and most days I prefer just to live in denial. (And because what's the point of worrying about 100 different future possibilities?)  But the drug that Charlotte received this week is her third chemotherapy.  She's been on it for a year. If this one fails her (like the first two did), there aren't that many more to try.  And because of Charlotte's complicated medical history, she has even fewer to try than the "average" child.

So we need more novel therapies.  Drug companies are not going to pay for research, because there's not a market in pediatric brain tumors.  I'm a good capitalist, so there's no bitterness here.  It is what it is.  And the government is interested in using our tax dollars to cure the masses, so very little is set aside for pediatric cancer research (very little = 4% to be precise).  That's why it falls to grassroots fundraising to get support for the necessary research that will bring critical therapies for our children.

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At Duke this week, we had a lovely time visiting with Layla and her mom and grandma.  Layla is the child who received this quilt when she was newly diagnosed at only 3-months old.  Just like my Charlotte.  I remember watching her mom and dad carry her infant carrier across the street as they left the hospital from her first chemo infusion.  I wondered then how they put one foot in front of the other just to make it across the street, as their dreams for their firstborn were suddenly, radically altered.  But they did.  And they keep coming to Duke each week to do what's necessary to keep the cancer from spreading, to keep their sweet child on this side of heaven.

Today, 13 more families will get the devastating news that their child has a brain tumor.  Won't you do what's necessary to keep our children alive?  Friends, it's time to up your bids.  This auction isn't about the cost of the quilt. It's about the need for cures.  So please be generous.  Be generous with your pocketbooks.  And if you cannot do that (I understand, I really do), then be generous with your voices.  A HUGE "thank you" to all who have spread the word about this auction via social media.  Only two more days remain. Can we up our bids today?  Can we get the word out even more?


Click here to see all the quilts that are on auction until Saturday, April 5, 2014.


P.S. A note about the closing times: the quilts are set to close at staggering times throughout the day (every half hour) on Saturday, April 5.  This means that if you miss out on your favorite quilt, go ahead and place that high bid on your second or third choice.


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"Someone in your life needs a quilt, and someone in mine needs a cure."
  Charlotte's gRACE for a Cure 2014 Quilt Auction to benefit the PBTF


Monday, March 31, 2014

Let the Bidding Begin!

Welcome to the 2014 Quilt Auction to benefit the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation.

There is a quilt for everyone this year!  We have ten baby/toddler quilts and a dozen throw-size (or larger!) quilts.  I'm sure you'll find something you like.

To find a quick list of all the quilts, please click here.

March 2014


The bidding is being hosted by Ebay this year; you'll be redirected on the individual post of that quilt that you just MUST have!

Remember: this isn't really about quilts.  It's about kids.  One of mine has a brain tumor, along with thousands of other children.  We're working hard to bring them cures, so please bid generously.

Questions?  Leave a comment or email me at charlottesgraceforacure[at]gmail[dot]com.


Little Apples


This quilt is pretty wonderful.  There. I said it.  I did not even know that it existed and would be donated until it was finished and Laurie asked for my address.  Quelle surprise!

As I blog this (two weeks ahead of the auction), I realize that I didn't get many close up pictures of the fabrics.  But I think that's okay.  I'm too short on time to take more pictures, and...

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I'm hoping that all I have to say is: "Little Apples by Aneela Hoey" and a bidding war will ensue.  Right?  All for the children's sake, I'm sure.

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Or am I the only fan of this designer?  Seriously: look at those sweet kids playing "Ring around the Rosy"!

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And in the picture above: turtles!  And one is eating an apple!  It's so cute that it's out of control.

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And here we have little outfits all picked out and ready to be put on for school in the morning.  (The little knit cap and scarf are just too sweet!)

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This is a generously sized lap quilt.  I love it because, sure, you could give it to a kid.  But it's big enough to keep you warm if you want it.  (Which I'm sure you do.)

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Laurie did some wonderful straight-line quilting around the borders, and then stitch-in-the-ditch and some pretty medallions that make for faux cornerstones.  (Please excuse my non-technical quilty lingo.)

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And here's the back.  The wind simply would not cooperate for this shot.  Sorry.  (But hey!- you can see Anne's baby bump!)  You can also see that Laurie used up every last scrap she had for that offset strip, and that shade of red is just so warm and cozy.  Really... it's begging you to come snuggle up with it.

Remember: you get a great quilt, and kids get cures.  It's as simple as that.

Click here to bid on this quilt.  *Bidding Closed.


Quilt Stats:
Size: 53 x 60 inches
Made by: Laurie Manske
Fabrics: Little Apples by Aneela Hoey and Kona White


Oh goodness!  Would you look at that?  I just found more photos!  Cute fabric is self-explanatory, so just scroll on through, okay?  Enjoy!


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(Want to see more?  Click here to see all the quilts that are on auction until Saturday, April 5, 2014.)

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"Someone in your life needs a quilt, and someone in mine needs a cure."
  Charlotte's gRACE for a Cure 2014 Quilt Auction to benefit the PBTF


Dolce Quilt


I should probably just let this quilt speak for itself.  It is such a beauty.

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Anne used Tanya Whelan's "Dolce" line of fabric for this.  Isn't it gorgeous?

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Uh-oh... I think I photographed the birds upside down.  Sorry, Anne.  Anyhow, I just love the colors in these fabrics.  They are so feminine without being too "girly," if you know what I mean.

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I also love the play of florals and birds right alongside the modern geometric shapes and scallops.  So hip!

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The color gradient is so nice, too.  I just love how Anne lined up those rows and set them on point!

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Here are some more close up pictures of the lovely fabric.

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Anne used this gray solid for the binding.  It worked out so nicely.

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For the quilting, Anne did an edge-to-edge meander, which you can see in the above picture.

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It's almost a twin-size quilt.  Just a tad short on the length.  Maybe it'd be great for, say, a daybed?  ;)

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And here is the back of the quilt.  Perfection.

Trust me: everyone who sees this quilt, loves it.  I don't think I have to beg you to bid on it.  It's a goner.  So without further ado, please give generously to help cure the kids.

Click here to bid on this quilt.  *Bidding Closed.



Quilt Stats:
Size: 60 x 77 inches
Made by: Anne Reinhart
Fabrics: "Dolce" by Tanya Whelan

(Want to see more?  Click here to see all the quilts that are on auction until Saturday, April 5, 2014.)

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"Someone in your life needs a quilt, and someone in mine needs a cure."
  Charlotte's gRACE for a Cure 2014 Quilt Auction to benefit the PBTF


Chocolate Cherries Quilt


Oh. my. goodness.  Do you see this quilt?  Do you see those blocks with all that piecing?  This quilt is sooooo beautiful.

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Really.  This is the type of quilt that I receive where I am nervous to touch it and think: "I'd better step up my quilting game."

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Honest to goodness, I'm not sure there's a mistake in this quilt.  Anywhere.  Maybe Laurie herself could find one, but as for me, the block are all just meticulously pieced.  This ain't no second-rate quilt donation, friends!  Laurie sent us her best.

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These blocks are all so wonderful.  There are so many different fabrics tucked into this quilt.  All shades of rosy pinks, chocolate browns, and creamy creams.  (Is "creamy creams" a color.  Yup - I thought I made it up.)  Laurie named this quilt "Chocolate Cherries."  I think that's just perfect!

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Along with her daughter, Logan, Laurie runs the business Chocolate Dipped Quilts.  Laurie started quilting eight years ago when she was diagnosed with breast cancer.  She "used it as a relaxing hobby while going through chemo and radiation treatments, [but she] soon became addicted!"

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I am so glad that Laurie is doing so well now and is in full remission.

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These blocks are all just so wonderful because of how they look so different depending on where Laurie placed the higher and lower volume prints.  I just love this block!  It's an Ohio Star, but with a four-patch in the corner.  Plus sashing and cornerstones.  (Meaning: I don't really know what it's called.  :)  )

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And here is a picture of the back.  (Sorry for the shadow.)  You can see in the picture below that the fabric is just the teeniest gingham you've ever seen!  And of course there's the quilting, too: an edge-to-edge meander.

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How can you turn this one down?!  Seriously - it's GORGEOUS!  Get it for the beloved quilter in your life.  Really - quilters love quilts!  Even the ones they don't make.  This one will be loved and children will be helped.

Click here to bid on this quilt.  *Bidding Closed.


Quilt Stats:
Size: 60 x 72 inches
Made by: Laurie Suzanne of Chocolate Dipped Quilts
Fabrics: various premium quilting fabrics



(Want to see more?  Click here to see all the quilts that are on auction until Saturday, April 5, 2014.)

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"Someone in your life needs a quilt, and someone in mine needs a cure."
  Charlotte's gRACE for a Cure 2014 Quilt Auction to benefit the PBTF

Maritime Modern Baby Quilt


I just love this quilt's story.  It starts with this quilt that my sister, Theresa, commissioned for a friend.  I had some fabric remaining, but not a clue of what to do with it.  So I passed it off to Tracy who came across this pattern (for free!) and decided it would be a perfect fit.  I agree!

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So Tracy pieced the top, then we sent it off to Logan of Chocolate Dipped Quilts who had offered her quilting services to help with this fundraiser.  What a sweet lady!

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She did bubbles inside the white star, then waves everywhere else.  I think it is just perfect!

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The Maritime Modern fabric is so much fun - ships on the open sea, barnicles, Moby the whale, nautical ropes and a woodgrain.  Plus, Tracy threw in some blenders like gray solids, Pearl Bracelets, and polka dots.

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Here's another close-up:

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Now, I thought I had a backing for this, but it turns out I was wrong.  So I asked Anne if she had anything that she could part with that might work, and before I could blink she tossed this to me:

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It's so perfect!!!  The colors match the front perfectly, and I just love that broken chevron pattern.  It's kinda wavy itself, don't you think?

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And lastly, Tracy prepped the binding for me, and I hand-stitched it.  I just love that part!

So there were four of us, from North Carolina to Utah, involved in making this quilt.  How's that for a modern quilting bee?

Want to win this quilt?  100% of the proceeds will help cure kids with brain tumors.

Click here to bid on this quilt.  *Bidding Closed


Quilt stats:
Size: 38 x 43 inches
Pieced by: Tracy Minyard
Quilted by: Logan Marriott
Fabrics: Maritime Modern by Marin Sutton and other premium quilting fabrics

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  Charlotte's gRACE for a Cure 2014 Quilt Auction to benefit the PBTF



Julie's Quilt


This quilt is gorgeous!  It is brought to us by Julie of Julie's Quilts.  This auction is very personal for her - it has been one year since her father was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor.  His family has rallied around him during this difficult time.  For her part, Julie made gray and white matching quilts for the whole family.  You really must click over to her blog and see them here.  (And as of his last scan, her dad is responding well to treatment.)

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As for this quilt, it matches one that Julie made for her own daughter.  How sweet!

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She used a dessert roll of "Honey Honey" by Kate Spain.

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This quilt is just so bright, colorful, and girly! And lucky you: it's big enough for a twin-size bed.  (Though, please do get out the tape measure to make sure that there will be enough of a "drop" for your taste and you won't be disappointed.)

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Below is a close-up of the fabric that she used for the backing, from the same fabric line.

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And here is a full shot of the back of the quilt.  (Oh, bless my husband's heart... he did so much quilt holding in the past month!)

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I'm so grateful that Julie donated this lovely quilt.  It is just wonderful!  You won't be disappointed. And remember: 100% of the proceeds will help brain tumor research!

Click here to bid on this quilt.  *Bidding Closed

Quilt Stats:
Size: 60 x 76 inches
Made by: Julie Thompson
Fabrics: Honey Honey by Kate Spain



(Want to see more?  Click here to see all the quilts that are on auction until Saturday, April 5, 2014.)

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"Someone in your life needs a quilt, and someone in mine needs a cure."
  Charlotte's gRACE for a Cure 2014 Quilt Auction to benefit the PBTF