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Clearing Up Some Confusion About Ally Cat Quilts by Krackers

Monday, November 09, 2009

I have had quite a number of folks asking me for patterns for the Ally Cat Quilts by Krackers. There are none. Let me explain:

Ally Cat Quilts by Krackers all begain when our beloved Granddaughter, Ally, was diagnosed with leukemia.

She and her Mom called one day and asked me to make quilts for the bigger kids.

At that time I didn't know that folks or guilds typically do not make quilts for teens, and there is a large population of teens who have cancer.

The kids get extremely cold during their battle with cancer, and the quilts were badly needed.

To make a long, heart-warming story short, between Ally, my daughter Cindy and I, we came up with a design that will work for these kids.

There are no patterns. Every quilt is different, and every quilt has a cat on it somewhere, in honor of Ally's battle.

I make these quilts using my table top Elna. I do not charge any fees for these quilts, and absorb all the cost, including shipping myself.

I have, on occassion, been given fabric. I only use 100% cotton, from quilt shops. It is necessary to use very strong fabric because these quilts are really put through the wringer.

Recently, some lovely ladies in my quilt club have begun making quilt tops for me. They are what I call "My Catty Angels".

I stopped counting 2 years ago when I sent out quilt no. 867. Many more have gone since then.

And so, dear readers, nope, I can't send you the patterns. As I said, there are none.

However, there is something you can do for Me, and that is to send me the name and contact information of any kid between 8-18 that you know of who is fighting cancer so I can make them a quilt.

I can't heal the kids, but I sure can keep them warm!

By the way.......Ally will have her 17th birthday in February, and she is heading into her 3rd year of remission! Thanks to all of you who donate $$ toward research, we are saving a lot of kid's lives!

Here is a photo of the real ALLY CAT!

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    What more can I say to this that hasn't been already said. You are an amazing gal, doing a tremendous gift of warmth for those kids that need not only warmth but love. That Love they feel in your quilts must make them feel so much better.
    Your Ally Cat is a beautiful girl. She rightfully deserves that name of "Earth Angel" as someone else stated.
    Here's a big emoticon On behalf of all those hundreds of kids and their families that you have given so generously to. If you ever need more help. let me know.
    3082 days ago
    You are very generous and thoughtful to take on this mission of love and sacrifice.
    3084 days ago
    Reading your blog brought tears to my eyes ~ your generosity is boundless! I can’t thank you enough for what you do. I will keep Ally in my prayers, and put in an extra "please keep that sewing machine running smoothly!" too.

    A charity my family supports is The St. Baldrick's Foundation, a now-international organization which raises money for Childhood Cancer Research. (There are photos of fundraisers in my Spark Gallery.)

    After my son's accidental death in 2008, we asked people to support their annual fundraiser, as he would have. Along with dozens of participants and volunteer hours, over $5,500 was raised in his name!

    I can get names of children fighting cancer in my area from my friends, a married couple who organizes our local St. Bs event. Their young son died in 1994; the research foundation they began in his memory was subsequently taken under the St. Baldrick's umbrella of charities, all of which are dedicated to CCR.

    I hope you don't mind me passing your information on to them, and sharing with them the amazing works of love you create for these children. Take care and God bless you always!
    Elizabeth ~ emoticon
    3085 days ago

    Thank you so much for all you do for the teen kids. I know from personal experience that it means so much to them. Often times the older kids feel left out and forgotten about. They miss so much of traditional things, dances, sports, school and just being with their friends because they are so sick. It means so much to know that someone out there is thinking of them, praying for them and loving them through chemo and adolescence.

    I am proud to be your Bossy Daughter,
    Love you to pieces,
    Lulu emoticon emoticon
    3085 days ago
    As before, I am really impressed with what you do and why you do it! It is nice knowing an earth angel.
    3085 days ago
    You are doing something wonderful.
    3085 days ago
  • PAG2809
    Wow. This is a very special thing you're doing! emoticon
    3085 days ago
    You are one special lady. Ally is very beautiful. Thanks for all you do for the children.
    3085 days ago
    You absolutely amaze me! You've made that many quilts?! and they're gorgeous to boot!
    3085 days ago
    How wonderful. Thank you for all you do and Congratulations to Ally on her remission.
    3085 days ago
    That is the sweetest thing I have ever read.
    3085 days ago
  • TAZZYM150
    You are doing a great job. I am a quilter also. Very new to this hopefully one day I will be helping a child like you do.
    3085 days ago
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