Although September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month (I know it is October), I think awareness needs more than one month of the year. Cancer is the leading cause of death by disease among children in the United States. Unlike many adult cancers, childhood cancer isn’t linked to lifestyle or environmental factors; but by genetics or chance.
The good news is that with improved care and treatment over the past 30 years, survival rates have increased to 80%. Children treated for cancer are now surviving for 5 years or more after treatment. However, many long-term health issues and late side effects follow survivors as they age. Some late side effects may not show up until many years later: emotional troubles, secondary cancers, reproduction and sexual development, growth problems, cognitive loss, heart issues (and too many more). Once a child becomes an adult and leaves pediatrics it becomes a question of where do they go for followup? Adult oncology centers do not want a pediatric long term survivor – they are not new patients nor were they an adult when diagnosed. It can become a conundrum.
It’s mid-month and time for the ScrapHappy Project hosted by Kate and Gun. I’m posting a wee bit early as we may lose electric power due to outlying effects of Hurricane Florence. One of my quilty friends came up with the idea of a “state/home town” quilt block swap. While I admire appliqué and paper piecing; I am not in the least bit comfortable with my own lack of expertise. So I put it off. For two years. 😛 The other day I got to thinking…what a great way to use up scraps and participate in ScrapHappy!
SEPTEMBER SCRAPPY PROJECT CHOICE
Virginia, one of the original thirteen colonies, has it all: The Atlantic Ocean, Chesapeake Bay, the Piedmont, Blue Ridge Mountain Range, and loads of history. My hometown is in Virginia Beach.
I have a vague idea for my design, I’m starting with the Blue Ridge Mountain Range and working my way toward the coast.
As Atlantic hurricanes are wont to do, Florence’s land fall was unpredictable on Monday as she menacingly threatened the U.S. east coast. On Monday, Florence was a Category 5 hurricane. Today it has been downgraded to a Cat 2. With the least provocation flooding is sure to occur with all the bays, canals, creeks, lakes, rivers, sounds, and streams crisscrossing the below-sea-level east coast.
My dear friend celebrated a birthday and I gifted her with a quilt that I started for her two years ago. Finally. I rarely name quilts, but this one I titled: “Wanderer.” (She’ll get it).
It’s not the best image (too sunny and hot to fiddle with a camera). But, I’m happy with how it turned out. My very first ‘original design.’ Well, go me. 😀 I guess I could have also titled this quilt: “At Last!” Regardless, Happy Birthday DiHi!
Unlike the local public school system, that wisely starts back AFTER Labor Day, I start back to my school on Monday. It doesn’t help that my school is located one block from the oceanfront, either. (Cue: Little ones sighing as they watch beach goers, surfers, and generally everyone else walking or biking towards the beach). LOL. 😀
It’s mid-month and time for the ScrapHappy Project hosted by Kate and Gun. There are many ideas percolating in my head, but in getting ready for school to open I’ve only completed a tiny scrappy project.
AUGUST SCRAPPY PROJECT CHOICE
I just loved the colors and prints of of Micheal Miller’s Flower Shop collection. For August’s project I sewed a pillow case using scraps from a quilt I sewed for my 86-year old mom.
I am excited to participate in my first ScrapHappy Project hosted by Kate and Gun. Not only will it be fun to share scrap projects; but I hope to learn more about quilting, maybe finish those WIPs, and leave my own comfort zone.
JULY SCRAPPY PROJECT CHOICE
I save interesting selvages (or selvedge) from various projects. I find I am drawn to the multi-colored, designer fanciful selvages. For my first Scrap Happy project, I used selvage scraps to make the 1-hour basket found atKelbySews.