A child’s bucket list, a quilt and a golden opportunity to make a difference.
Good day everyone. I’m so very happy to introduce you all to my brand new website. Crafted again by the genius of Shelly Caldwell, the wizard of all things WordPress and the goddess of creativity. I love my new site and all that it offers; and look forward to being able to share so many more wonderful things with all of you in the near future.
For now, though, it’s all about Hadlie and her family.
Hadlie….a little girl living in central Alberta, Canada who was diagnosed with DIPG in her precious third year of life. Her parents started a Facebook page for her by posting her bucklet list online and following up with photos and stories of their daily lives and how they checked items off the list. A three year old child having to compose a bucket list? Unimaginable. It’s hard enough for old people to face their mortality, but a child? Unimaginable. While I was writing this post, I scrolled back through Hadlie’s Facebook page – back to the beginning in 2014. It’s impossible for tears not to flow as I journeyed again with the family through all their ups and downs.
Hadlie’s family faced their challenges with amazing grace, love and support for their wonderful little girl. She captured many hearts, including mine. I never met Hadlie or any members of her family but I loved her right away.
She was so spunky; an individual with energy and love inside her. I mean, just look at that face! The illumination of pure joy.
I made Hadlie a quilt and Quilter’s Connection (a Canadian quilt magazine) published it on their cover.
Hadlie passed away one day after her 4th birthday on March 28, 2015. Her family, one year later, is so sad not to have their baby girl in their lives any longer and want so desperately to help others in the same situation. They have launched Hadlie’s Bucket List Foundation for research into the monster that is DIPG.
For this post, my inaugural post on my new blog, I wrote the pattern for my Hadlie Quilt and it is listed for sale here for the sum of $5.00 Canadian (which today translates into $3.81 US). All the proceeds from the pattern sale will go to Hadlie’s Foundation. Since my pattern incorporates three separate machine applique embroidery designs, you may download two of the three designs for free! Thanks so very much to Julie Hesketh of Designs by JuJu and to Cherry of Cherry Stitch Designs (on etsy) for their amazing kindness and support for Hadlie’s Foundation.
So, you can purchase a pattern for a very reasonable price, download two free embroidery designs and help to support a resilient and brave family all at the same time. Help me support Hadlie’s Bucket List Foundation. Help Hadlie’s family eradicate DIPG and do it all in the name of their sweet and special little girl, Hadlie.
Thank you so much everyone.