Thursday, May 12, 2011

These lovely men gave me the "Shirts Off Their Backs" for the Cure

My quilt project has taken on a life of its own.

Thank goodness....otherwise how could I keep up with it all?

I love these men.......they are good and they are generous.........and they are happy to be able to be a part of this quilt of stories. Stories of desperation........stories of hope........stories of loss.......stories of healing. We won't know all of their stories and I don't think that is important anyway. They know their stories.

But now they know that their stories will be around for a long, long time. Woven into a quilt of patches from the shirts off their backs. I love it....I wish that I could keep it. It will be made with some of my own tears and prayers too. There must be a rule that I can't win it?!! Conflict of interest? It wouldn't look good would it? How about my husband? Can he win it?

Enough of that....these are my new favorite guys:
Mark Dahlquist
Dave Croshaw
Brad Frasure
Todd Payne
Don Aslett
Bill Vickers
Brad Collins
Earl Pixton
Ryan Cameron
Corey Snow
Scott Harris
Dave Stanley
Stacey Rogers
Gary McCurdy
Billy Isley
Matt Romriell
Orrin Hatch
Eldon Payne
Todd Blackinton
Robb Heikens
David Allen
Mayor Steve England
Keith Morrison
Mayor Brian Blad
John Marshall
Gordon Nielson
Jay Hildebrandt
Mike Sanders
Dr. Jeremy Hodge
Governor Butch Otter
Matt Kirby
Kip Wilkins
Randy Bishop
Rick Eskelson
Edgar Malepeai
Greg Smith
Roger Chase
Lawrence Wasden
Gene Crawford
Richard Ashcraft
Larry Orchard
Glenn Marshall
Rick Parker
Raul Cano
Alec Cano
Matt Gittens
Noah Marshall-Spreier
Dick Conroy
Jim Nelson
Steve Cunningham
Fred Davies
Dr. Peter Fediay
Jim Rasa
Jerry Hodge
Mike Atha
Larry Nelson
Gary Miller
Jim Johnston
Matt Davenport
Paul Meske
Jeff Gibbons
Jeff Hampsten
Walter Kirchner
Ernie Naftzger
Jim Trent
Ken Bernt
Linda Enloe
Gene Westwood
Richard Albright
Phil Lamprecht
Kirk Kirkham
Steven Adams
Ryan Skillings
Ron Lewis
Randy Sarjeant
Tony Baum (gave his favorite shirt)
Bob Bloxham
Arthur Vailas
Scott Cornelison
Bob Cornelison
Paul Smith
Randy Dixon
Bud Cornelison
Ben Call
and two anonymous
Whew.......that's a lot of shirts............Some gave three or four!!!!

This might be a big quilt!!!!

I hope that you win it!! Someone has might as well be you!!!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Would You Give The Shirt Off Your Back for the Cure?

FINALLY!!! I have had an inspiration! And.....I think that it is a good one. And so far about 65 men agree with me!!!

As you are fixers.....problem solvers! The problem with this cancer thing is that our men can't fix it...and they feel helpless. I saw it in my own home when we were losing a beautiful and vibrant daughter to cancer. My husband was a wreck wanting to "fix it" and he couldn't find a way. He would have "given the shirt off his back!"

I am asking men to donate the "shirts off their backs" for my fund raiser for the Relay for Life this summer. I am making a quilt out of blocks cut from the shirts and then I will be selling raffle tickets through mid July and will be drawing the winner at Relay for Life at Century High School. This project has really taken on a life of its own and I am blown away by the men who have donated and the stories that they tell of cancer. In their own lives or the lives of someone that they love. Some have cried....some have laughed, but they are all pleased to play a small part in something that will be a profound statement of their love and desire to help find a cure for the dreadful disease.

Thankfully.....I am part of a lovely group of women who are quilters!! The Queen Bees is a group of like-minded women who get together once a month for dinner and sewing....We are also always there for one of our "girls" and emergency meetings are scheduled. So, guess what? An emergency meeting is being scheduled and I am enlisting their help. We will be cutting and sewing and talking and laughing and the quilt will be a piece that anyone would be proud to have in their home.

The list of donators is extensive and I can't begin to list them here for fear of leaving someone out, but trust me when I say that we have great men here in Pocatello and throughout Idaho who have quite literally, "given the shirts off their backs" for us. They will all be listed on the quilt and some of the letters that have been written about their stories will also be included. It is heart warming for me. It will be heart warming for you too......

If you are interested in donating a shirt I will be at the Red Lion in Pocatello for their Mother's Day Brunch on Sunday. Or you can call me....or write me and I will be happy to pick them up. The more the merrier......

Hopefully I will be at several locations throughout the early summer selling the tickets. Farmer's Market.....Art Walk on First Fridays of June and July.....L and K Carpeting....and anywhere else that I can land a spot. Let me know if you have any good ideas of where to sell.....

My mind is reeling and I am thinking that this quilt idea would be good for almost any fund raiser.....hmmmmmmm......maybe I will go global....anyone know Oprah or Ellen?

Have a great day and remember.....give the shirt off your back for someone today!