Saturday, 31 July 2010

Healing Hands

On Monday I went to drop Kira off at daycare. One of her carers has not been well for awhile. We were all aware that she was scheduled for surgery on an ulcer. In Kira's pocket was a letter that let us know the devastating news that J had been diagnosed with ovarian cancer. And it has spread. My heart broke. J is a gorgeous woman, and while I don't know her age, I would be surprised if she is 30. The kids love her, as do the staff and the parents. Even worse, she had an infection from the ulcer surgery meaning they need to delay her cancer surgery. I cried.
My thoughts immediately turned to a quilt. Something quick, that I could get to her before her next surgery. My first thought was a stacked coins quilt in greens as that is J's favourite colour. But then I thought I would like to include the kids who a knew were missing her. I drove back to daycare to talk to K, J's partner in the preschool room. "I have an idea," I said, "but I need your help." At the end of the day, I picked up Kira and a stack of traced around kids and staff hands. And this is what I have done with them.

I have another 6-7 kids hands to collect on Monday. They will then be surrounded by the staff hands. The backing will be green and it will be stippled in white. It will be called Healing Hands. I hope it works.


Lily Mulholland said...

Oh Kylie that is just absolutely heartbreaking. What a wonderful idea for a comfort quilt. J will be so very touched.

Kelly said...

What a beautiful thing to do, I hope the healing hands do their thing and J recovers quickly.

Car said...

Oh Kylie, that is such a gorgeous beautiful Quilt to make for J. I hope her recovery is swift.

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AJ said...

That is a lovely idea Kylie. I hope she gets well quickly!

cherry red quilter said...

What a heart breaking story but what a wonderful quilt. i am sure it will lift her spirits and warm her heart through the difficult times ahead. Good luck to her and to you.

Jan von Harz said...

Very cool quilt and such a wonderful and thoughtful way to show J she is loved. You and the kids and staff rock!

princess pudge said...

I am also do a hand quilt for our yr1 teacher, it amazed how small those little people hands can be.
What a gorgeous and generous gift, she will now doubt feel the love and support xx

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