Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Toe and Sew

Yes, that is pretty bad punnery, especially considering I tend to cringe at the use of "sew" for "so" in casual written conversation. But this time I have a reason so I will make myself an exception.

As many of you know, my mother lost her battle with Ovarian Cancer ten years ago. I
capitalize it not because it deserves to exist, let alone to look important, but to
get your attention. Just like I'm going to give some attention to OC awareness
this month, since my mom would have turned 69 next week.

I've recently become acquainted with "teal toes", an organization that looks to raise
awareness of OC through the simple act of painting one's toenails teal. You can
check them out at where they have a website as cute and as simple as their premise: by wearing an unusual toenail polish color which inspires conversation, which also just so happens to be the color of the OC ribbon, we can raise awareness for this silent killer
of amazing women.

So this month I will be painting my toes teal, and I hope a few of you might join
me and help spread the word. The color that my daughters and I are
sporting is by Essie and is called "Trophy Wife" which just cracked me up. Too
late for me, but don't say I never gave my daughters any career aspirations.

In addition, I will be donating 25% ($1.15 to $2.25 per pattern) of all
direct pattern sales which I can track in any form (downloaded, retail,
wholesale, sold out of the trunk of my car, at a lecture or quilt show,
whatever) to Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. If you have a pattern you've enjoyed
of mine or have been wanting to try, please spread the word, because this month
you can help save lives just by sewing. My patterns can be found at or ( for instant download, and shops may contact myself or,
Patterns Gone Digital or PatternPeddlers for wholesale terms. In addition, I will donate $1 for every pattern purchased at a shop if I am provided with a copy of the receipt for
purchase. I have no other way of tracking those patterns, but would like to
include them too.

Thank you for your support, and may we find a cure for this devastating disease.


Kelli Fannin Quilts said...

Sorry you lost your mom at such a young age. :( I hate cancer. HATE. I will spread the word about your fund raising. :) Love the toe nails.

Kristen said...

I came here via Kelli's blog because I lost a dear friend to ovarian cancer just over a year ago; she was only 40 and an OB/GYN who couldn't detect or cure it in herself. I put the story of the quilt my friends and I made her when she knew she had little time left on my blog here.

At any rate I intend to pop over to and buy two of your patterns right now. Stashbusters are always welcome at my place! Thanks for sending a portion of your proceeds to such a worthy cause.

Teal Toes said...

Thank you very much for helping to spread the word via Teal Toes!

Folks who are interested can find a list of polishes on our website or the Teal Toes "teal polish" pinterest page:

Stacie Sorrow said...

I reposted this on my page and asked that my friends please join me in "teal toes". I have had mine teal for a couple of weeks now and I will keep them that way. I have also gotten a tattoo in memory of my momma, an angel with teal colored wings. If there is any way I can get involved in the cause please let me know. I would love to promote OV in my area.

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