Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Hatcher Foundation "Hope Quilts" free pattern

My friend and fellow quilt guild member, Pat, is championing the establishment of a new pediatric cancer center, Hatch's House of Hope, here in Chattanooga. Pat works in the medical field, and about two years ago I remember talking with her in the parking lot after a guild meeting. I listened as she relayed the devastating experience her friends, one of which was a co-worker, were having. Their newborn child had been diagnosed with brain cancer. 

Recently, Pat told me about the foundation her friends had established in honor of their son, who had died of the disease at 9 weeks old. It is called the Austin Hatcher Foundation (www.hatcherfoundation.org). They are in the process of securing sponsors and volunteers to raise funds and awareness. As a quilter, Pat had the idea of making "hope quilts" that could be given to the children, siblings and family of the cancer patients. I wanted to help her make this idea take flight.

Hope Quilts—A Fat Quarter friendly quilt pattern
With a passion for patchwork and puzzles and inspired by the grid-based paintings of Pieter Mondriaan (Piet Mondrian), I have designed a lap-size quilt (36" x 48") that uses 7 coordinating fat quarters. This quilt is based on a modular system and all the fabric pieces are a multiple of 3"so the layout possibilities are endless! This quilt could also be made with scraps. For a FREE PATTERN and instructions, send an e-mail to veronicaquilts@gmail.com. Dig into your Fat Quarter stash and give hope to a child or a family.
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