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Saturday, March 10, 2012

Shine On, Shine On!

An important aspect of the fight against any chronic illness is the constant need for fundraising.  Continuing research, awareness and education, as well as assistance for those who have been diagnosed and their families - it's all important and it all takes money.  My friend and co-worker, Evelyn Rubinan-Maldonado has been diagnosed with ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.  We raise funds and awareness through many events, including walks and bake sales.  I've made a quilt to help with the fundraising; we'll be selling $3 raffle tickets throughout the Spring and early Summer of 2012, with the drawing to be held on July 4th, 2012.  

I've named this one "Shine On, Shine On!" in honor of Evelyn's fundraising group, The Sunshine Walkers.  Award winning longarm quilt artist Mary Beth Krapil did the quilting.  

The quilt top is 100% cotton and incorporates the Celestial Dreams sun and moon face designs of Laurel Burch.  The mariner's compass design in the center is a starburst for our Sunshine Walkers!  The backing is a gorgeous batik.  The batting is a very light-weight tropical wool, completely washable.   This batting is a favorite among quilters because it will always remain soft and comfortable; even in Florida it doesn't get too warm!

"Shine On, Shine On!"
40" x 40 "
A narrow sheath has been sewn along the top edge 
so the quilt can be used as a wallhanging.
But it's a good size for a lap quilt, a wheelchair quilt or a baby quilt, too.

The Laurel Burch sun faces are all different and beautiful.

The label reads:
"In honor of Evelyn Maldonado, the Sunshine Walkers, 
and all those who have felt the impact of ALS on their lives."

It's been said that wrapping a quilt around you is like a comforting hug, 
always there when you need it.
Quilters believe they put love in every stitch.
Hoping this quilt finds a good home through the raffle!