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Join the Fun: Mystery Quilt By Email from Heather Spence

Please join me in welcoming today’s guest blogger, Heather Spence. In an effort to raise funds for her mom’s stem cell transplant surgery, Heather will be hosting a Mystery Quilt By Email in early October. Please, if you can help, support Heather (and her mom) in this initiative.

For a couple of months now I’ve been reading all about the guest bloggers on Michele’s Facebook page. You all are inspiring, though at times I feel a wee bit guilty for not keeping my blog up!

My name is Heather Spence and I am a Quilt Artist. Primarily I longarm quilt for others but pattern design has become much more of a focus. Quilting is a way for me to release all the creative energy I have inside, it connects me with my very creative children, provides a way for me to stay home with them and gives me an avenue to show how much I love and appreciate others by giving them special gifts of quilts.

Heather Spence

In April of 2009 my mom was diagnosed with Chronic Leukemia. Since then she has undergone chemotherapy twice and her diagnosis has changed a bit. It is now Lymphoma/Leukemia and is much more aggressive than originally thought. Currently she is in remission, which is such wonderful news, however, as she puts it, "The Mother Ships are still out there." Meaning, the cancer will come back, it is just a matter of time.

You can imagine what a blow this has been for our family. My parents just celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary in May. Besides myself I have three siblings and, between the four of us, there are seven grandchildren. My husband is Australian, one of my sister-in-laws is Japanese and the other is from El Salvador. Family get-togethers are a sight to behold with different languages, accents, children…oh…and beer. My mom told me recently that she wants to grow old with her family. To see her grandchildren get married and, hopefully, see great grandbabies be born.


The good news is there is an excellent chance for this to happen. She is the perfect candidate for a stem cell transplant. Apparently the vast majority of people with her cancers who get the stem cell transplants these days go into permanent remission, though there are a lot of things that can go wrong, it is her best chance of long-term survival. I am, and on behalf of the rest of my family, so grateful for all the people who have given in the past to make the research happen for innovations such as this procedure.

However, she needs to do fund-raising for herself and I am determined to help her.

I have created a quilt pattern called Dan’s Climb and it is my next Mystery Quilt By Email. All monies raised go directly to her. My goal is to have 100 quilters join the Mystery Quilt.

Here’s how it works: Once a week at noon starting October 7th you will receive via email a clue that is one or two steps towards finishing this quilt. This is not a complicated pattern. Beginning quilters (though I wouldn’t suggest it as your very first quilt) can easily make this quilt. You should be able to complete each clue in about an hour or two.

It is a fat quarter quilt with one fat quarter equaling one block. There are two sizes: twin and queen. Each block is 16" (finished) with the largest piece being 8" (finished).

The cost of the Mystery Quilt is $10.00 USD. You will receive fabric requirements when I receive payment.

There are several ways to get a hold of me… stop by my blog/website or send me an email heather@heatherspencedesigns.com. I can also be found on Facebook.

The support I’ve had so far has been mind-blowing!! It moves me to tears that so many want to help my family. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

With kindest regards,

This is a guest blogger post. For more information or to join the Mystery Quilt by Email, please contact Heather directly via one of the links above.

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This post was published on September 6th, 2011. Post topics: Charity Quilting, Guest Bloggers, Quilting Events.

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