So, my friend Clint has cancer. He’s been fighting so long, and has so much support from an amazing group of friends (even Lance Armstrong!) … but his wife Angela says he’s sleeping a lot more now, that maybe something is progressing or his body may be shutting down. I hope it’s just a bump in the road, but realistically, no matter how much we pray or how hard he fights, the odds are against him. I hate even saying that, it brings me to tears, but if his wife can be that strong, so can his friends, right? I’m trying. What I’m going to concentrate on is that we all love him, and that gives us a feeling of responsibility and a desire to help his family. Love doesn’t quit. I’m focusing on what I can do.
I’m not wealthy but I’m crafty, so my contributions will often involve things I’ve made. Clint and I actually had a discussion about this. Earlier I asked him if I could make a purse for Angela, something he could give her, because it might be nice for him to be able to surprise her. He told me about what colors she liked and what her other bags were like, so he had a good influence on the design. It was made just for her, from him. We talked about ideas for this play mat/quilt for their boys, too. I thought about making a simple play mat from felt, but then realized how much better a quilt would be in the long run. We’ll get to that in just a minute.
Let me quickly get the details out of the way: The front is a printed fabric panel, On The Go Playmat Panel by Jill Webster. (I bought mine here.) The back is Michael Miller’s Ta Dot in Moss and the binding is Michael Miller’s Toot Toot Cars in Lime. I did random straight line quilting — well, mostly random. I did notice an usually high concentration of lines through the Sweet Shop. Lead me not into temptation, for I can find it myself.
I’m sure the boys have lots of cars already, but just in case I’m going to send a few more, including a little train and a couple planes so they can make full use of the mat. (I tried to find a school bus with no luck. I might have to keep looking and send that along later.)
I love that this is a play mat, but it’s also a true quit. The boys can pull it up on the couch as a lap quilt when they watch a movie, read a book or play a video game. They can throw it over a chair to make a little fort or play Hide the Dog. Montana has cold winters, so I hope this little quilt will get lots of cuddling as well as play. It should be tough enough to stand up to whatever they can dish out, and their Mom can throw it in the washer and dryer whenever she feels the need. It will just get softer and better the more it’s used.
That’s the thing I love best about this little quilt — it is a quilt. I hope when the boys outgrow playing with cars, it will get tucked in a closet somewhere, almost forgotten. Then before we know it, these little boys will grow up, get married and hopefully have little ones of their own. Then it will be remembered, pulled off a shelf and used all over again.
From Clint to his boys to his grandkids. Because we never really leave someone we love.
So there. That’s the best way I have to pray.
In the words of his wife, Angela:
Cancer is a terrible thief. Clint Aaron Miller 03.08.1971 – 12.11.2011