Sunday, January 11, 2009

I will try and post again the pics of Dee's quilt square I am working on. I deleted the first pics and re took them. I think they will post right way up now. Even though they showed right way up on the screen when Harv went back into the camera they were sideways. For those of you who don't know about Dee she is Dee from the Netherlands who came to the CQ conference in Omaha for quite a few years. I first met her in 2005 and sat next to her in a class for a day. The next year I missed but then I went in 2007 and this time Dee was there with her hndsome husband. She was always a lot of fun and participated in all the crazy doings that make the conference so much fun.

Well last year Dee advised that her cancer had returned and it was only a matter of time. Nothing more could be done for her. She said she wanted to come to Omaha in July but her doctor at that time said no. Well she was determined and she came again with her husband for support. I did not make the conference in 08 but was so glad that Dee was able to. What courage it took for someone so ill to come that far. She was amazing. Well sad to tell you but Dee passed away at the end of the summer and will be missed by all who met her.

To honor her Kate Hollifield requested volunteers to make blocks that she in turn would make into a quilt and auction it at Omaha this year. For you gals that know both Kate and Mona from MN are 2 wonderful gals. Every year Kate puts out requests and blocks come in from all over the world which she and Mona divide up between them and then turn them into beautiful wallhangings that are raffled off. Half of the funds go to breast cancer research and the other half goes to the CQ organization for scholarships for gals to come to Omaha who otherwise would not be able to afford it. As we all know the making of a block is nothing compared to the work of putting them together and turning them into a quilt. They do a fabulous job. I have made 2 blocks every year since I have been involved with CQ and will continue to do so as long as I can.

I deleted the bare block so the first block here does have some beading on it that I did last night. the second pic shows the silkie I am using. The saying on it reads "There's gladness in remembrance" and I thought that would be fitting. God bless Dee.

ps - To see the blocks that have already come in for Dee's quilt go to Kate's site: The first link is Dee's quilt. If you want to see past conference blocks and quilts hit "conference" which is at the top next to Tab1. It will show all the links.


Magpie's Mumblings said...

I remember Dee from one of the crazy quilt groups online and wasn't aware that she'd passed away. This quilt will be a lovely tribute to her.

Jules said...

I wanted to say thanks for stopping by my blog and visiting so I came to visit you and am glad I did. I just love the colors of the quilt you are working on - truly beautiful and as Magpie said - a lovely tribute to Dee. It is good to be coming back!