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Saturday, June 9, 2012

A Little Help From Our Friends






Meet Payden. He just turned 5 and he loves Blue's Clues.

His grandmother Karen recently reached out to Fandom In Stitches about this special little boy because she's looking to make Payden a Blue's Clues quilt.

We originally posted about the Blue's Clues request herehere and here.

Payden's mom, Emily, got in touch and she has shared some of Payden's story with us:

Payden was born with a birth defect virus known as Congenital Cytomegalovirus or CMV. This virus is the reason he is headed towards his second transplant as well as the cause of his other disabilities and health complications.


Payden spends much of his time in the hospital and something as simple as his very favorite show being on a blanket is a tremendous comfort to him; especially as his 2nd liver transplant approaches. He has many disabilities and challenges, one of them being he is almost completely non-verbal and has had trouble learning sign language but the few signs he knows he uses to tell us he wants Blue's Clues! We were blessed as a family and able to celebrate his 5th birthday on May 30th, this was a milestone no one thought he would ever reach. I was just so touched when my mom told me about your website and the great effort you all have put into this, thank you from the very bottom of my heart!! And Payden's too! I have included a picture of Payden and his best friend a stuffed duck he calls 'Bo' because it reminds him of the duck named Boris from Blue's Clues!
 Blue's Clues - Blue Periwinkle Blue's Clues: Boris

A number of you have already reached out to us and offered to make and donate Blue's Clues blocks for Payden's quilt. His family is happy to receive your blocks and we are happy for you to help!

Blue's Clues: Thinking Chair

Below is a list of our current Blue's Clue's patterns. If you would like to make one or more of these blocks for Payden's quilt, please comment below with the block or blocks you'd like to make. Please include your contact information with your comment or email us so we can send you the address you need to mail the blocks to.

All blocks need to be mailed no later than June 18, 2012. The sooner, the better.

Blue's Clues Paw Print Blue's Clues - Crayon
We'd love to have multiple volunteers make Pawprints and Crayons. 


Multiples of any of the blocks are okay, so if you want to try one that is already has a name beside it, please feel free!


Fabrics are quilter's choice, but please try to keep colors true to character, etc.

Volunteer names are in parenthesis:
  • Periwinkle (Lilja, MaryJane)
  • Blue (Andrea)
  • Pawprints (Soma, Shelley, Sondra, MaryJane, Linda, Carolin)
  • Crayon (Soma, Kristel, Robin, Kerry, MaryJane, Barb, Linda)

 



June is CMV Awareness month, and you can help by donating just one dollar to the Brendan B. McGinnis Congenital CMV Foundation.Visit the BBMC CMV Website for more information or to make a donation.

On a more personal note, I want to thank every single person that has volunteered to help make quilt blocks, and a preemptive thanks to everyone that volunteers after this post. I myself have volunteered for a local children's blanket making charity, The Linus Connection, for almost ten years. In all that time, I've never met or seen a single photo of, a child that's received one of my blankets. That has never been an issue for me, and it never will be, because I know the children receiving them, like Payden, are more than deserving of a little blanket love!





30 comments:

  1. Jen - Celine (accroquilt) has done Magenta for me (see my blog) so maybe she would like to donate it as she hadn't heard of Blues Clues before and I don't know if she has use for it. I can do a few this week if you want - put me down for Joe, Steve, Slippery, Green Puppy and Orange Kitty at this stage and I will see how I go with he time constraints. Michelle

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    1. Thanks, Michelle. I'm happy to put you down for those blocks and will email the address to you. Let me know about Celine, it would be great to add her, too. :)

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  2. I just sent you an email....I will gladly make 4 paws and send this week.

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  3. I will make a couple of crayons and mail this week.

    Robin Bruyns

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  4. I can make some crayons as well. Are there specific colors that are needed or do whatever? Thank Jennifer!

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    1. That would be fabulous, Kerry! The "official" Blue's Clue's crayon is green, like the one, shown, but I've also seen it in other colors. The wrapper is always two shades of the same color. Think magenta, blue, orange, etc. Also, thank you! Do you want to mail them, or would you like to give them to me to mail? Either is fine with me!

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    2. Which ever is easier. I do not mind mailing them myself. Shelley left some blocks for you today as well. Thanks!

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    3. K, then, just put yours with Shelley's. If I don't make it in before Friday, Elena works this weekend and she can grab them for me and I'll mail them all together. :)

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  5. I will give Tickety Tock a go. I'll let you know tomorrow if it looks ok. I just hope it's not as fiddley as the Hobbits' Cloaks! What kind of fabric are we using? Batiks, brights? Thanks for heading this up! You are so generous with your time and talent!

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    1. Thanks, Sarah! I'll put you down. Just get in touch when you decide if it looks okay and I'll send you the mailing address for Payden's grandmother. :)

      It's our pleasure to help. You know making blankets for kids in need is one of my greatest joys!

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    2. Sarah - have you done it yet as I did find a problem with the pattern - well the piecing of the pattern - the A piece can't go in properly with piece B and D. If you haven't started let me know and I will fix it for you and resend. You can email me directly on misha292068@gmail.com

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  6. I finished a paw print and a crayon. I didn't read the colors of Blue's crayons until I went to leave my comment so I was just going for happy colors. I hope mine is ok. The point is green and the crayon wrapper is pink and purple with a red background. I also did a paw print, blue with an orange background. I am going to try my hand at Cinnamon. If I run into any trouble I will let you know.

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    1. That sounds awesome, thank you! We'll send them all and then Karen (Grandma!) can use the blocks as she chooses. :)

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  7. Hiya. My mum and I would be happy to help. We should be able to make CINNAMON & PAPRIKA this week. Please pm me with any additional information you think would be relevant. Are people putting these on Kona White? Or something that will make the colors pop? Cheers!

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    1. Thanks very much, I'll send you the mailing address.

      Colors are quilter's choice, but we would like to be true to the characters. :)

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    2. Hi again! Could you email admin@fandominstitches.com so I can send on the mailing address? Thanks!

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    3. Weird, that is the second time I've been asked that lately... Wonder what's up with my e-mail. E-mailing you right now... We've got a question as well.

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    4. Hiya... So having a little problem with the Cinnamon block - the pattern does not make a 5' finished block and the top half (what we've finished at the moment) doesn't look at all like the photo. What would you like us to do?

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    5. I just replied to your email. :)

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    6. Hiya... Those hit the post over the weekend. Will PM with tracking and a photo or two. Cheers! M-

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  8. Slippery and Steve done - wanted to do more but spent time this afternoon bailing my neighbours backyard to prevent the house flooding. Thank God we had a pump too or we would still be there.

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    1. Yikes! Lucky neighbors to have you! We have lots of volunteers, so please don't feel too pressured. :)

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  9. Jen - I sent my 5 blocks (Steve, Joe, Slippery, Orange Kity and Green Puppy) Friday my time (thursday night your time), hope they get there soon. Michelle ps what happened with the cinnamon block?

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    1. Hiya Michelle. The Cinnamon block was very difficult - lots of teeny tiny pieces that once sewn, ironed, etc were both bulky and difficult to see. In the end we did finish the Cinnamon block. The Paprika block was just as difficult especially given its smaller size (only 4.5inches). In the end this was appliqued. I will be sending Jennifer pictures shortly. Both mom and I think it would be helpful to either enlarge the blocks closer to 8.5-inches are reduce the number of pieces a bit if keeping it at 4.5-inches.

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  10. Any information on the quilt we sent blocks in for, or how Payden is doing?

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    1. I emailed his mom a few weeks ago, but no response yet. I promise that I'll make a post as soon as I hear something, we have a lot of anxious volunteers hoping he's doing well!

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