Sister Hijack: Brave the Shave Update


Earlier this year my little sister told our family that she was going to shave her head to raise money for childhood cancer.  A few months ago I decided that while I couldn’t shave my head, I could donate a quilt to raise money.  I thought I’d use this blog to help her advertise to her friends and school on Facebook.  What I didn’t expect was how many times she would end up texting me asking, “Do you know __________? They just donated!!!!”  Every time that I told her, “Yes!  They are my quilting friend!!!!” OR “Yes, they’re my friend from work/high school/college!!!!”  I got a little teary-eyed over how amazing my circle of friends truly is.  Since so many of you supported my sister’s efforts to raise money, she wanted to update you on her event and say THANK YOU!

From Z:

The Brave the Shave went better than I could have hoped!  First, I was blown away by the amount of money we raised – right before the event we had a total of $8,703.  (We originally set the goal for $5,000, unsure if we would even reach that.)  Now, almost a week later, we have over $10,000 dollars.  Everyone’s support and generous donations have overwhelmed me, and I know I will never be able to properly thank everyone who contributed to our event and its success. 

My sister’s beautiful quilt was a huge success and SO many people donated in the hopes to win it.  In the end, our dear friend Jennifer won the quilt.  Jennifer has had her own struggle with cancer and has been so extremely supportive of me and the event since it’s conception so long ago.  Although I wish everyone who participated and everyone who donated could get a quilt, I couldn’t be happier with the way things turned out!  Of course, I still think my sister should make many more charity quilts, so your chance could come again…

Thank you to everyone who donated!  Every donation, no matter how much, is going to a cause that is so important and if I had to shave my head the price was small to put a dent in childhood cancer. 

Finally, to all of you quilters who have been such good friends to my sister Ashley, whether in real life or through the blogosphere, I want to tell you a very special thank you.  I know that none of you needed the quilt – you can make your own – and none of you know me, so your generosity is especially appreciated.   No wonder she loves you guys so much!

Love, Z

And, in case you’re wondering, here are some photos of her event:

Whatcha gonna do with all that hair?

Bald looks good in our family.  Z and our Dad.

Z and our cousin Chelsea who donated her amazing hair skills to the event!

Finally, Z and our sister Mary-Austin.  I wish I could have been there!

Thank you, thank you, thank you.  And, I have to say that while I’m always proud of my sisters and the women they are becoming, I was in awe of my sister last week and I couldn’t help but cry when I watched the video she sent me of the event.  It goes without saying that you are beautiful, Z.  Thank you for sharing your inner beauty with the world. 


Brave the Shave: Quilt Edition

The charity quilt for my sister’s St. Baldrick’s: Brave the Shave event is finally finished.  I mailed it off to her this past weekend, and I’m so glad that I thought to do this over the summer.  I know that the quilt has raised more money than I would have been able to personally donate, and it’s been such a blessing to see so many personal friends, many who I’ve never met in real life, donating to Z’s event and funds to research childhood cancer.  For $5.00 you can get 1 entry and for $10.00 you get 3 entries.  Z will select the random winner the night she shaves her head, and that person will receive this quilt!  Recently cancer has touched my family and it felt even more personal for me to create this quilt, as I’m sure this event has become even more important to my sister.  I didn’t know this feeling of “what now” and “There is nothing I can do” until this summer, but this event has reminded me that we can all donate to research, even if we all can’t shave our heads!

You can read about my sister’s decision here and you can read more about the quilt here.  I decided to go with simple straight line quilting on this beauty, and I love the final look.  I’m not going to lie, though.  The binding that my mom chose made the quilt.  Mamma’s are always right.  I just wish I knew the name of it because I want to stockpile yards of this stuff!





And that binding I spoke of?



I just LOVE that yellow and navy.

In fact, my husband said, “You know, that was a good quilt.  Not really my favorite, but then you put that border on and it went from good to outstanding!”  1.  Border.  hahaha.  2.  Don’t we just love his honesty?

So, little sister I’m so proud of you and the other shavees.  Glad you’re mine!  You’re going to be beautiful bald, but more importantly, I love your heart.  Even when your hair grows back, and time has passed, I know your heart will continue to think of new ways to share love.  For that, I am thankful.  You have always inspired me to dance to the beat of my own drum.  Keep on, keeping on, sister girl.


Sisters: Mary-Austin, Me, Z (<– going bald!)

You can donate $5.00 for 1 ticket or $10.00 for 3 tickets for a chance to win this quilt here!  Thank you so much to those of you who already have!

 I’m also linking up to Quokkaquilts for TGIFF!  You should go check out the amazing quilts and projects over there…

Brave the Shave: Quilt Edition

My sister, Z.

My sister, Z.

EDITED:  With the love that you have all shown through donations, and with the sweet friends of ours that have shared this charity quilt through Facebook and their Blogs, please email me @ to let me know you donated.  That way, I can easily reach you if you are chosen!!!  We know this is an extra step, but we want to make sure we can say Thank you! and also find you after the drawing!

I mentioned last week that my sister, along with other passionate souls, are shaving their heads to put an end to childhood cancer.    She’s already fundraised quite a bit of money through a hat day at her high school, and she’s hosting other events when she returns to college in the fall.  While I will return to NC to support the event, I wanted to help her raise money.  So, here it is.  Your chance to win a quilt.   100% of what we raise with this quilt will go to the St. Baldricks foundation to end childhood cancer.   The finished quilt top is finally done – and I love how the Belle Wave pattern turned out in these Amy Butler prints.


(don’t worry, this will become a finished quilt.)

To Win:  Donate here to help end childhood cancer.

1 Entry – Donate $5.00

3 Entries – Donate $10.00

On the day of the event, Z will draw the lucky winner and we will mail you this quilt.

Yours for no more than $10.00.

And, more importantly, you helped raise money to end childhood cancer.


Of course you can donate more money, as generous people have.  (A huge THANK YOU!)  However, to keep the odds ever in your favor*, we want to make sure everyone feels like they have a chance to win.  Also, when you donate through her page, make sure to include your name so we can enter you into the raffle.  you do not have to contact us – you’re in the raffle once you click donate!   EDITED:  With the love that you have all shown through donations, and with the sweet friends of ours that have shared this charity quilt through Facebook and their Blogs, please email me @ to let me know you donated.  That way, I can easily reach you if you are chosen!!!  (If you wish to make an anonymous donation on her fundraising page, please be sure to email me so that I can enter your name.)


So, what are you waiting for?  It’s not like you have to shave your head.  That’s up to Z and the other shavees.  Plus, at the end of this, on October 12, 2013,  you could walk away a little warmer – both literally (you have a quilt) and figuratively (you raised money for childhood cancer).


Stay tuned for updates on the quilting, backing, and binding.  My mom helped me pick out all of the finishing touches, and it’s going to be gorgeous if I say so myself.


So, until October 12, 2013, until the last person loses their hair, we’ll take donations for a chance to win this Belle Wave quilt.  Which I’m now christening the Brave Wave quilt.  I love serendipitous moments – how the original quilt design title lends itself so easily to the Brave the Shave event.

*Bonus points to anyone who caught this literary reference.  

Don’t forget to email me if you donate  We’ve realized with such generous friends that we need to ensure we have an accurate way to find you!

Check out her official St. Baldrick’s page – this is the place to donate: