Friday, April 11, 2014

Free Yarn Offer!

Would you like to receive the gift of FREE YARN to make it easy for you to knit/crochet blankets for Katie's Comforters Guild at Seattle Children's Hospital? We've received a very kind offer and would love to put it into the hands of people who can transform it into comforters!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

A Message from Your President

Dear Cherished Guild members,
I just learned something new today which I need to share with you: according to Melissa at the Guild Association office,
if you have not paid your membership dues for the space of one year, your name will automatically be removed from the membership list, and you will no longer receive correspondence from the Guild Association. This means that news and information will not be delivered to you; much of it will still be accessible online, but they no longer consider you a member of our guild.
I did not know that this was the case until today!

If you have stopped receiving communications from the Guild Association and wondered why, this may be the reason. If you would like to maintain (or resume) your membership, please call Melissa at the Guild Association office (206) 987-6806 or email her at melissa.cardenas@seattlechildrens.org (or email me at karenlboren@yahoo.com) and we will be happy to help!

We value each and every one of you, and do not want to lose touch with you, so please help us to stay connected.

Dues are easy to pay online. The cost is only $25 per year, and only $10 per year for senior citizens and junior guild members. There are options for lifetime membership (one payment) and other levels of contribution. You even get to choose which area of the hospital your dues support!

We hope that you will be able to join all of the guilds at the Annual Meeting and Luncheon on May 9th. It's going to be inspiring and educational!

Date: Friday, May 9, 2014
9:30 a.m. (project display tables open)
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (luncheon)
Location: Westin Hotel, Seattle
Cost: $40 per person

Please RSVP by May 2.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Lucile & Noble Give 36 Comforters

Lucile & Noble have done it again - this time, they brought 36 quilts and blankets to donate to Katie's Comforters Guild!
 Look at the variety of colors and patterns!
 So much brightness and cheer!
 All ages and tastes are represented here
Lucile added some fleece blankets in bold colors to this batch.
Thank you for sharing your creativity and generosity, Lucile & Noble!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Happy Anniversary!...and an Invitation

Our guild received a certificate of appreciation from Seattle Children's Hospital's Guild Association in honor of our 5th anniversary.
They plan to honor our guild at the Annual Membership Luncheon on May 9th, 2014. I hope you can attend!  
If you are not yet a member of our guild, please consider joining and you will be welcome to attend this luncheon.
It is going to be a star-studded event, featuring a keynote speech by Dr. Jim Hendricks, the president of Seattle Children's Research Institute, and a special guest appearance by Dr. Michael Jensen (of the Ben Towne Center for Childhood Cancer Research at Seattle Children's Research Institute).
The Katie Gerstenberger Endowment for Cancer Research supports Dr. Jensen's lab.
One of the special presentations at the luncheon will be by a patient, Milton Wright, who is now cancer-free after his third occurrence (second relapse) of leukemia. His cancer was wiped out after he was treated with the protocol which Dr. Jensen developed!
Heartfelt thanks 
to all of our guild members, 
friends and donors! 
We appreciate each one of you
who so generously share your
time, talent and treasure
with our guild 
in order to bring comfort 
to patients and families 
at Seattle Children's Hospital.

When I think about how it all began with this quilt
which brought such comfort to Katie,
I am thrilled with the power of an idea, when put into generous hearts and hands.
The very first quilt made by Katie's Comforters
HAPPY 5th ANNIVERSARY, friends!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Knitted With Healing Intention

Our kindly neighbor, Nathaniel, of Liberty Bay Books delivered this soft, delicate blanket to me over the weekend. It was made by one of Liberty Books' knitting group.
It arrived in a pretty gift bag, with a tag which says:
"Healing Energy to you from Diane."
What a lovely gift, and what a blessed intention!

The good folks at Liberty Bay Books posted a photo on their facebook page, showing Diane holding the blanket with a copy of my book:
Photo credit: Liberty Bay Books' facebook page
Thank you, Diane, 
and 
Liberty Bay Books' Knitters!

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Overdue THANKS!

I've been away on vacation, so this "Thank You" is overdue to  
Lucile and Noble,
who drove down to Poulsbo and donated 35 new quilts and fleece blankets. Here are most of the 35:
 Aren't they beautiful and cozy-looking?

A heartfelt "Thank You" is also due to Lynda F.,
who read about us last year, and recently contacted our guild to offer her stash of quilting fabric and thread, as well as some donated by her sister. She delivered them to me in Poulsbo this week.
We are deeply grateful to Lucile, Noble, Lynda and her sister!

 If you know anyone who has NEW fabric to donate, or time, talent or funds to share with our guild, please contact me here or via email or our facebook page. Our "economy of grace" is a beautiful thing to behold, and in which to take part!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

32 New Quilts from Lucile & Noble

Last week, I met Lucile, Noble and Mary (our faithful vice president) for a visit, and to receive 32 new quilts sewn by Lucile. Here are a few examples from among the 32:
Close up of frog print and animal print
A nice variety of color and design
Everyone likes rubber ducks and pink elephants!
These two are special to me, because Lucile came for a visit, taught me what to do, and I sewed the tops. She added the backing, binding and quilting.
A really fun variety of color and fabric, front and back
Thank you, Lucile & Noble!
You are bringing so much joy to the patients and families at Seattle Children's Hospital with these gifts!

Friday, January 24, 2014

Pieces By Polly

Check out this blog posting by Polly C. - she made wonderful, one-of-a-kind quilts for Katie's Comforters Guild, and made a trip all the way from Central Washington to deliver them herself. Thank you so much, Polly!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Mystery Solved - Friendship Star Quilters!

I am so grateful to be able to report that the mystery I wrote about HERE has been solved!
The generous donors were part of the Friendship Star Quilters, a group on South 
Whidbey Island. They not only made the seven beautiful quilts pictured below,
they delivered them to Seattle Children's Hospital on behalf of our guild.

When Friendship Star Quilter Peggy saw on our blog that the information had been lost, she contacted me, provided the photo above and solved the mystery. Thank you, Peggy and all of the Friendship Star Quilters!