A good friend from college, Beth, is the awesome mother of two beautiful girls. Her youngest daughter, Melaina, was diagnosed with Alopecia in 2009. Alopecia is the loss of head and body hair that may or may not be treatable depending on whether a cause can be identified. Melaina is an active, healthy, beautiful little girl, and Beth is on a mission to raise awareness and funding for Alopecia support and research.
Last September Beth organized Mutts Making Money For Melaina Community Family Fun Day, a dog walk, silent auction, bake sale, and family games. My mom and I made this baby quilt/lap quilt as a donation to the silent auction. The dog bone pattern seemed to fit the theme, and I found the retro dog print fabric in Burlington, Vermont last year on our honeymoon trip. The piecing was time consuming but worth the effort to get the dog bone look – its a mix of squares and half square triangles. I’m sorry the pictures don’t do it justice – we were finishing up the night before the auction!
Beth is holding the event again this year, and we will be there to help out and maybe have a new quilt project in the auction (depending on a 9+ lb excuse for not posting to the blog that I will post about soon)! I’ve made a lot of quilts as gifts for new babes, graduations, and other special events, but it was especially nice to know I was supporting such an important cause with this special quilt.
Please consider making a donation to support the Children’s Alopecia Project. Their mission is “to help any child in need who is living with hair loss due to all forms of alopecia. We build self-esteem, provide support and raise awareness. We would like our CAP Kids to grow in confidence and become stronger teens and productive adults, maybe even the advocates of the future dealing with alopecia.”