Yahoo! It happened. This Blue Ridge Beauty quilt is finished. This one has a bit of a story. Back in 2015 a blog reader sent this to me as a half finished top. Half was completely sewn together and the other half was in pieces and some even missing.
Blog reader M. Doyle in California sent it to me at the time of our retreat with Bonnie Hunter. She was hoping a Bonnie fan might want it and finish it. Well, the package arrived while the retreat was on and I didn’t get the mail over the few days. Once the retreat was over I caught up on my stuff and UGH…there the top was and it didn’t get out to a retreater.
I thought…I’ll finish it. BUT, that never happened. Then I got in contact with Ronda a charity quilt extraordinaire that finishes and donates LOTS of projects. I ended up packaging this up and sending it on to her hoping that she might finish it and pass it on to a charity…..
Well finish it she did! Check it out.
Here is what Ronda wrote in an email to me:
“I finished the Blue Ridge Beauty and it is being donated to a fundraiser. I attached a letter explaining what the fundraiser is for and also a Save the Date postcard telling when and where it is being held. This is a large queen sized quilt! I will go thru the lap quilts I have made and choose one of those, as well, to donate to this cause. The Blue Ridge Beauty was sent to you from M. Doyle in California, and you sent it on to me. It was almost half done and had quite a few of the four patches done for the other half, but no half square triangles and no fabric to make them. I went thru my blues and creams/whites and came up with enough fabric to finish the top. You can’t even tell where her fabric ends and mine begins! That’s the beauty of a scrap quilt. Thanks to you both for your part in getting this together.”
Isn’t Ronda right? Try as I might I can’t see where one half of the quilt started and the other finished.
Now about the charity this one is going to….From the attachment Ronda sent me”
“We are pleased to announce that the 5th Biennial Lincoln’s Legacy Benefit, including dinner, auctions and prize drawings will be held on Friday, August 18, 2017 at Sunnybrook Community Church in Sioux City. The quest for an effective therapy and eventual cure for FOP (Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva) continues, and we are so thankful for the extraordinary support of family, friends and the community that has made a significant cumulative impact on FOP research.
I am contacting you on behalf of the Lincoln’s Legacy volunteer community to request your support in the form of a tax-deductible gift and/or prize to be given away at event. I hope we can count on you for a generous contribution or an item to include in the drawings and prize giveaways – please note that any donation or type is always welcomed.
As you may know, we are the family and friends of Lincoln Wheelock, a ten-year old boy affected by FOP. The most catastrophic orthopedic condition known to medicine, FOP results in heterotopic ossification – normal bone being formed in abnormal places. The condition advances through flare-ups where muscles, tendons and ligaments are transformed into bone, progressively restricting movement and function. Lincoln has adjusted to restricted mobility well and is in the fourth grade, although it is heart-wrenching to see the cumulative effects of this disease. He has an aide to assist with the day-to-day activities and transitions at school, and stays active by fishing with Grandpa Doug, riding the Ranger at Great-Grandpa Larry’s farm, and of course, playing video games. Lincoln is doing well in school, enjoys spending time with friends and loves vacations to Okoboji.
Our fundraiser is conducted because we believe in a future where we can preserve much of Lincoln’s mobility. All dollars generated through this event are directed to FOP research, and the four previous events gave combined to raise nearly $300,000. In the fall of 2015, Lincoln enrolled as the first patient in Clementia’s Phase II pediatric clinical trial of Palovarotene, an oral compound and retinoic acid receptor. The compound has been shown to block bone growth in mouse models of FOP. Since then, Lincoln has made several trips to the clinical trial site in San Francisco, where assessment, imaging and range-of-motion testing is performed. He has received the medicine in a number of increments and remains an active participant in the trial. We remain optimistic and are grateful that this progress is possible through the work of many, including those who contribute financially.
The Lincoln’s Legacy Benefit featuring dinner, auction and prize drawings is set for Friday, August 18, 2017. If possible, please provide us with your donation on or before August 1, 2017. On behalf of the committee and the family of Lincoln Wheelock, thank you!”
This sounds like a very worthy cause! I’m so happy Ronda is passing the quilt on to them.
Ronda and other charity quilters can be found and contacted via our Quilting Donations tab at the top of the page. So many of you have projects like this that you no longer love. That’s okay, there is a host of ladies willing to finish them for you and pass them on to worthy charities. You can find the page here.
Many-many thanks go out to M. Doyle in California and to Ronda out in Sioux City, Iowa. Thanks for making good things happen ladies!!