A Call for Help [AKA: Trudy’s Arse Kicking]

I am feeling called to help someone and, in turn, I need your help.

Here is a little background information…

We found out this week that Errick, a friend from high school, has stage 4 colo-rectal cancer (the tumor has made its way through the tissue of the colon, is starting to effect the muscles on the pelvic wall, made its way into the lymph nodes of the pelvis and traveled up into the liver).

Errick was just informed of this diagnosis this month (earlier this year his symptoms were misdiagnosed as an inflamed bowel disease, like ulcerative colitis). He started chemo treatment today.

I cannot get Errick off of my mind. He is 32 years old, has a beautiful wife and a 9 month old son. He just celebrated his first father’s day. I cannot imagine what he and his family are going through. He and his wife Laurie are remaining very positive and upbeat (evening naming the tumor “Trudy”). I do not know how they are doing it.

I did not know Errick well in high school; he was two years younger than me (like my husband), but my husband was friends with him and Errick is really good friends with my husband’s best friend from high school.

Errick just started a blog, what a pain in the rear, to keep family and friends abreast of his situation.

Since hearing Errick’s news, he is all I can think about these last few days (praying for him and his wife and young son; imagining what he is going through, imagining what they are going through as a family; trying to comprehend the whys), I keep thinking that there has to be a way to give back to him, to show him that we care (more than just posting to his wall on Facebook).

In one of Errick’s blog posts, he talks about the warm hospital blankets and how they make him feel better:

“…the facilities offer you these heated blankets. These things are awesome. If you ever have to go into the hospital for any reason and they offer you one of these blankets, take it or you will regret it. It doesn’t matter if you are cold or not, these things have special powers or something. You feel better almost instantaneously.”

After reading his appreciation for hospital blankets, I knew exactly what I could do.

Trudy's Arse Kicking Quilt [a call for help]

I can make him a quilt. A quilt that will be named “Trudy’s Arse Kicking.”

I want him to have a special “blanket” to have at home, to keep him warm and hopefully comfort him in some way. And what better way to do that, than to have a quilt made from the love of many hands.

Trudy's Arse Kicking Quilt [a call for help]

This is where you come in… I need your help for a couple of reasons:

1. I want the quilt to be a collaborative effort, made by many people, to show Errick how loved he is. Will it give the quilt healing powers like the warm blankets? I don’t know, but I can hope.

2. I have limited masculine fabric. I have three little girls who love my “fa-vric” and one husband who does not. I could probably count on two hands the number of masculine print fabrics in my stash. I will give you one guess as to what the predominant color is in my stash.

So, quilty friends, can you help me make some blocks?

Trudy's Arse Kicking Quilt [a call for help]

I would like to put together a simple cross quilt, to show that there are many people praying for him. To keep the quilt cohesive, I would like to keep the colors limited to masculine blues (from cobalt to navy; nothing too light and not aqua/teal or periwinkle) and grays (warm, cool, and neutral; light, medium and dark). Solids and/or prints would be great (just nothing feminine or juvenile). Square, pieced, wonky, single, multiple… you choose.  And the size is 9″ high (8.5″ finished) and I will leave the width up to you.

Errick is a guys-guy (he was the quarterback in high school) and needs a cool modern guys-guy quilt, like this one, but in blues and grays.

Trudy's Arse Kicking Quilt [a call for help]

If you can help, please send me an email (wilke [at] lulubloom [dot] com) and then I will send you my address so you can stick the block in an envelope and mail it to me. I would like to get this quilt done as fast as I can, so he can start using this quilt as soon as possible.

Trudy's Arse Kicking Quilt [a call for help]

To recap block details:

  • design: cross / plus* (wonky, squared up, pieced, single, multiple); here’s the beautiful inspiration quilt.
  • size: 9″ high (8.5″ finished) and I’ll leave the width up to you (so that it looks like the cross blocks in the inspiration quilt above).
  • fabric colors: masculine blues and grays**
  • fabric style: solids and prints (anything but feminine or juvenile prints).
  • deadline: ASAP

*Here’s a tutorial by Mrs. Schmenkman Quilts for a cross / plus block (thanks for the link, Jenny!).
** If you find that you don’t have blue AND gray fabric, don’t fret. Feel free to do an ALL blue or ALL gray block.

One other thing to note, when you mail your block/s to me, make sure you have your name and return address on the envelope. Even better, include your flickr name too if at all possible. That is how I am keeping track of who sends a block (and how many). I want to make sure you get credit where credit is due.

If you have any questions or need more info, shoot me an email (wilke [at] lulubloom [dot] com). Thank you in advance for your help!

ETA: There will be a giveaway for everyone you sends me a block (a charm pack or FQ bundle). Send two blocks? Get two entries into the giveaway. Details to follow. The giveaway prizes have been figured out and are listed in this post.

ETA2: I created a flickr group for Trudy blocks, so once you make one, take a pic and add it to the pool.

Trudy's Arse Kicking Quilt [a call for help]

37 thoughts on “A Call for Help [AKA: Trudy’s Arse Kicking]

  1. Can you email me the details? I’d love to help! I have a little man in training that I collect manly blues for all the time.

  2. I’d love to help, Lucia! I looked at my stash, and all of my blues are more feminine or are floral, but I have a gray print and some solid blue that would work. Send me your address and I’ll get one off to you tomorrow.

  3. Two years ago I watched my Uncle die from this horrible devastaing disease. (They found it very late. He too was misdiagnosed but for several years.) It was heartbreaking and he was in his late 50’s! I thought he was soooo young….but to be only 32? My heart goes out to you, to him, to his family. My prayers are with you and I will be sending blocks. Trudy you watch out cause we are after you and you are gonna get your arse kicked!

  4. Lucia, I’m in! Send me your address, and it will go out this weekend! We don’t always know why we are “called to help”, but Bless you and all the other hands for answering the call!

  5. Consider it done Lucia, I’ll see what fabrics I have, but I’ll send you at least two blocks. What a wonderful thing for you to do, I can’t even imagine the awful situation they find themselves in.
    Glad i could help in some way,

  6. I’m in, too. Let me also see what fav-rics I have for backing, too, if you don’t already have something planned.

  7. oh! After the birth of my first child many, many years ago, I got one of those warm blankets. I still remember that wonderful feeling! Count me in!

  8. I would love to help! The family sounds like they are incredibly brave! I’ve been praying and thinking about them since I saw your post on Facebook. Please let them know there are a lot of people rooting for him!

  9. consider it done! i’ll be getting a block ready for you asap- send me the address and i’ll get it right now! best wishes for him and his young family. my heart goes out to them!

  10. I can’t contribute blocks at the moment but I can contribute prayer. Errick and his family will be in my prayers from today. Well done for taking on this project, you are a great friend to Errick.

  11. I sure hope Errick enjoys your quilt as much as I enjoyed making these blocks for it. I’ve already posted pictures to your Flickr pool. As soon as I read your request, I grabbed the masculine blues and grays from my stash, then I got busy sewing. I knew that I had lots of fabrics that fit your requirements–hopefully, you’ll like them. I will keep Errick and his loved ones in my prayers. Best wishes to you too!

  12. I was so moved by your blog about “Trudy” …. can I donate fabric? I’d love to do something for you.

  13. I’ll make you a block for Errick. I’ll send you an e-mail so you can send the address. Please clarify for me though what you mean by 9 inches high and as wide as we want. When I look at your blocks they’re all the same size.

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