Monday, June 29, 2009
A very dear co-worker has been undergoing breast cancer treatment over the last 7 months. It's been a real education for me. Brenda's taught me a lot about dealing courageously with such a diagnosis, and also about the many ways a serious illness like cancer lays you bare to the world--physically, emotionally, financially.
Brenda is uninsured and this weekend was a big community benefit in her honor. So many people and such enthusiasm! The benefit was a rousing success and a lot of fun too.
I was asked to contribute something for the big raffle and this is what I made.
This table runner is the piece using the Hoffman Christmas prints that were so tricky to color-match.
Brenda is thoroughly contemporary in her tastes--she even has a lavender kitchen--and I worked to that idea, knowing full well that this piece would end up with another owner. But somehow it seemed that making it look like Brenda was a good way to imbue it with healing and positive thoughts for many more healthy years, for her and for all of us.
And in a wonderfully serendipitous touch, it was won by a former co-worker, who's been through lots of quilting with me and who, although she doesn't really sew at all, knows the value of a quilt, even a small one like this.