This past Spring a young man named Mark came to the HGTV quilting site asking for help to make a quilt with the children in Fairfax Virginia Hospital because he was running for Man of the Year 2008 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
I offered to help him with the project. I made up muslin squares, ironed them to freezer paper and sent them to him in Washington, DC. He purchased Crayola Fabric Markers and started working with the kids to made the blocks with the Theme , Quilt of Hope.
When the blocks were finished he sent them back to me to be sashed together. A quilter from the message board made the quilt label in Texas and sent it on to the Longarm quilter. When I was finished, I sent the top off to another member of the HGTV board for longarm quilting in the state of Indiana. She did a beautiful job and even quilted the word hope throughout the quilt. There were blocks left over and we didn't want to exclude any so she added them to the back.
When she was finished with it she sent it onto yet another board member in Maryland who added the binding and delivered the quilt to Mark for the LL auction.
I think we all shed a few tears when we saw the blocks made by the children. They are just wonderful!