Thursday, April 4, 2013

Quilt Therapy

I don't know about all of you quilters out there, but throughout my life when things get a little tough or crazy there are days when I need some quilt therapy. Whether its chain stitching 243 half square triangles, making a baby quilt for my new grand baby, cutting lots and lots of pieces for a new quilt, its all very helpful to get my mind calm and back in perspective again.  Some of you know exactly what I am talking about.  


Well, my last post was March 1st and that was the day our new Scrumptious fabric arrived! So as you can guess I have been stitching away on my new projects, which will be finished and ready to go in a couple of weeks.  Wish I could show you now, but they still have to be bound and photographed.  It will be soon I promise. This line is so cheerful!





But speaking of life and how things get a little tough and crazy sometimes, just when you least expect it, that's exactly what happened to me 3 weeks ago.  I went in for my yearly mammogram, you know, just so I could cross it off the list of things to do before life got really, really crazy with all the Quilt Market stuff.  (Market is May 17-19).  Well, long story short (this 3 weeks has seemed pretty long) I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer and am going in for surgery in the morning.  Wow!  I know, it kind of takes your breath away, I know it did mine.  It took some time to wrap my mind around it, take in all the information and make decisions that will affect the rest of my life. 


Yes,we have cried and laughed this past few weeks. Its been a bit of a roller coaster ride so far and its just beginning. I am a pretty private person and would not necessarily share this, but felt I should.  My reason for even blogging about this is, first of all, I just want to say thanks to so many of you that have already heard and  have been so thoughtful and kind. There hasn't been a day go by since, that someone hasn't called or visited or sent something. Words cannot express how grateful I am for so many friends and family that have given me the strength and courage to take this head on and that's exactly what I am going to do.  I am not quitting my business, I am not putting my sewing machine away, I am still going to eat chocolate and dream up new designs.  Yes, according to my doctors, I will have a year of chemotherapy, I will loose my hair, my eyelashes and eyebrows, I will be sick at times and good sometimes, but the kind I have is very curable. So, when I can, I will sew and if that's not on the energy scale that day I will just go in my sunny sewing room and sit in my comfy chair and smile because I am so blessed and grateful for a loving Heavenly Father that is so aware of my needs and things that are important to me and has given me so much.!

 A beautiful life, with a wonderful husband who will stand beside me every step of the way.





Strong children with supportive and loving spouses, 
sweet grandchildren that can hug my blues away...




...and thoughtful, kind, neighbors and friends who I know will do anything to 
make this journey easier. 




I am so humbled already.  Last Friday this box of beautiful tulips arrived on my doorstep with the sweetest note from The Moda Family...






... it meant so much!  I am so grateful to be a part of such a wonderful group of creative people. 





Thank you to all of you!  The bouquet is sitting on my desk in my studio and has brightened some very difficult days.


I wanted to let you know, no I will not be at Quilt Market this year.  Yes, I have new patterns, 4 of them, because some fabric angels knew I needed to get my fabric extra early this time and my quilts were almost done before I even knew, and yes, you can order them retail on my website or wholesale from United Notions, Checker and lots of other places when they are ready.  Yes, my office staff (my girls, Tracy and Emily) will send out your orders while I rest. I promised them I would, but it will be super hard for me to do!!! 





Yes, Camille will still be at Quilt Market, she will be showing all of our quilts and projects stitched out of Scrumptious and she will be signing copies of her new book Simply Retro. I saw her advanced copy last night on Skype and its absolutely beautiful! Great Job Camille!!!  

Yes, I will be following blogs, Instagram and Facebook with all that's happening and hope all goes well for everyone.  I thought about making a life size cut out of myself to put in the booth... but that sounds a little creepy and I am pretty sure that's not going to happen at this point. Just know I am there in spirit.  Its been years since I have missed Spring Quilt Market, but it seems I have a different path this year.

I started a Quilt Therapy project awhile ago that I love to work on when I travel or sit at appointments and such.  I think I have shown it before, but added some new pieces of Scrumptious and am planning on including pieces from all of our fabric lines so far. 





These little paper pieced hexagons are so addictive. This may be huge by the time I get done with doctor appointments and chemo.  I will keep you posted.  I can't decide how to stitch them together yet ,so if you have any ideas, send them my way.




Well, just want to say that I may not be blogging as often, but will keep you updated here and there.  My girls will post occasionally if I can't.  We are planning to have a Fat Quarter Cutting Party (no, I won't be the one cutting for a while) just so I can see something happy and fun going on in my sewing room, so watch for that soon.  

Thank goodness for beautiful fabric! It can be very healing... 

Hope you all have some fun Quilt Therapy today and thanks again to all of you quilting friends out there!
Bonnie

128 comments:

  1. Praying for strength for you and your family! May God wrap His arms around you and bring you comfort during the times that are hardest! Rest a ton and thank you for always inspiring us quilt-y folks!

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  2. Dear Bonnie,how my heart goes out to You!
    Even though we are absolute strangers,I feel we are sisters in Christ!
    My sister went through all you will be going through soon;a few years later she is well,cured and happy! Praying you will be too ♥

    msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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  3. May you have all the strength and love you need during this trying time in your life. My prayers are with you and your family. God Bless. Jane

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  4. It's so soul crushing to hear of yet another wonderful woman diagnosed with breast cancer. I'm so sorry that you and your family have this to contend with.

    I was diagnosed in March 2009 and spent that whole year going through treatments (surgery, chemo, radiation). I blogged the whole experience for a couple of reasons: a) to keep family and friends up to date, which worked swimmingly, and b) to record all the information for myself (I can't tell you how many times I go back to my blog to see what happened when and other details). It also came as a surprise to me that blogging would be so therapeutic and had a lot to do with keeping my spirits up during some dark days. I felt accountable to friends and family and sometimes just knowing that they would be reading about my day was enough to give me the strength to find the positive in a day when I might rather just curl up in a dark corner. Honestly, I can't emphasize enough how important blogging turned out to be in my getting through that year.

    I don't know if our cancers are similar or not. I've learned that breast cancer is actually so many different types of cancers lumped (hardy har) together. Mine was ER+, HER-, and was at stage 2. The tumour was about the size of a slightly squished golf ball and was called "aggressive". I had a sentinel-node lumpectomy with 2 nodes removed, both of which showed micromets. There was considerable debate about whether I should have more surgery to remove additional lymph nodes and ultimately I chose not to with the support of my surgeon who felt that the chemo (which I would have to have anyway) and the radiation should take care of all that.

    So that was 2009 for me. It's now 2013 and I'm still here and I just had my annual mammogram yesterday and a regular check-in with my oncologist and all looks clear.

    So I send a message of care, strength, love, and hope to you.

    Just in case you're interested, my blog address is ... http://heatheracton.blogspot.ca/.

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  5. Praying for you and hope all goes well with your surgery! Sounds like you have a wonderful outlook on the current situation.

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  6. Praying your surgery goes well tomorrow. Thanks for sharing. I am so happy to know you are surrounded by a wonderful support group.

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  7. Sending you love and prayers and every good thought so you can hurry and put this learning experience behind you! XO Bev

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  8. I will keep you in my thoughts and wish you a speedy recovery from your surgery.

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  9. Sending you prayers! I was diagnosed with Uterine cancer 8 years ago this month. Dont sweat the hair loss, though you will lose hair in places you never knew you had hair! LOL! I reccomend cotton scarves for your head, I think wigs look wierd and you can have a zillion colors! I learned how to use the hemmer foot on my Featherweight and made scarves when none of the 30+ bandannas didnt match my outfit. I also learned how to use bold makeup and shopped the jewelry clearance section of dept stores for big dangly earrings! Own the look! As a teacher I thought of it as another life experience to get through and share. Keep quilting if you can! I actually learn to bead and make jewelry so I could make bracelets for my friends in my cancers color! I could do the handwork laying in bed. Rice bags with the warm moist heat are great if you have aches or pains. Keep moving and doing! The power of positive thinking is your best medicine! If you need to scream or cry or get down email me and Ill kick your but back into positive thinking mode! Again prayers for you and a speedy recovery!

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  10. Sending prayers from Abbotsford, B.C.! Consider yourself wrapped in love from your quilting community, no matter where we're from.

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  11. My thoughts and prayers will be with you. I wish you all the strength in the world to get through your treatment and a very speedy recovery. You are so blessed to have such a terrific family and circle of friends. All the best of luck to you.

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  12. Bonnie, You don't know me well, as I have only commented on your wonderful blog occasionally, but I want you to know that I am well acquainted with breast cancer and all it entails, though not from my own personal health, but two family members, still cancer free after 7 years and 8 years. My heart goes out to you and your entire beautiful family and please know that you will be in my thoughts and prayers every single day. I love that you will go and sit in your sunny room surrounded by the fabric and projects you love when you don't feel up to sewing. I do the same thing when the fatigue in my own health issues overcomes me. It is very nearly as theraputic as sewing is because though my sewing room is small and my stash is meager, the sights, sounds and smells of the sewing room and fabric is more lovely that the finest of perfumes or fragrances. God Bless and Keep, Gentle Hugs...

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  13. Oh Bonnie. You will be in our thoughts and prayers. My Mom has gone through this twice now. You have a journey ahead of you, relax and be well soon!

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  14. You are in my prayers. It seems odd to say this but, thank you for sharing your breast cancer diagnosis with us, it gives us an opportunity to lift your name heavenward each day.
    All of your fabrics and patterns speak of joyfulness, cheerfulness, goodness. Keep your thoughts in that same direction. Have a pretty bowl in which to retch. Laugh about the thrill of someone dropping off some airline barf bags for your next trip home from chemo. It really does make a difference for the mind, body, and spirit to have faith, humor, and love.
    Know that we, blog followers and lovers, have the faith, the humor, and the love to share with you. God knows your name.

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  15. Hi Bonnie! I just want you to know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I want to share that my sister was diagnosed with breast cancer and also went through almost a year of chemo. Yes, she lost her hair. Yes, she was sick. Yes, she had down days. Did she give up? NO! NEVER! I am happy to say she recently celebrated being 10 years cancer free!! Please connect with survivors through Susan G Komen or locals that your hospital or onchologists might recommend. It is imortant to connect with these survivors and gain strength and wisdom from them. I hope I have not been too forward. My intent is to give you hope and encouragement! You WILL beat this! Remember: FIGHT LIKE A GIRL!! :) God Bless You!

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  16. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Bonnie. You are truly blessed with your wonderful, supportive family. Sending healing thoughts your way. X0

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  17. Bonnie, you will be in my prayers. I have had friends and relatives diagnosed. Good luck with your surgery and God Bless!

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  18. You will be in my prayers Bonnie. good luck with the surgery tomorrow and the recovery. I am sending you strength and positive thoughts for all that will come ahead. You and your husband have built a wonderful family together who I am sure will be your rock during the next coming months. I will also pray for you from here, in my little corner of the Canadian Prairies.

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  19. Good Luck tomorrow and stay strong!! My thoughts and prayers are with you!

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  20. Oh Bonnie, I am so sorry to hear what you are going through...but I also know that you are strong and surrounded by love and that will help you through this difficult time. Sending you healing thoughts and a virtual hug.

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  21. I am sending all of my love and good thoughts your way Bonnie! I know that you are strong and have a wonderful, supportive family standing beside you. Good luck and hugs!

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  22. I'll be thinking positive thoughts or you tomorrow Bonnie!

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  23. Bonnie, My thoughts and prayers are with you. I was diagnosed 4 years ago and as a fellow survivor friend said to me about cancer, you go through quite a bit emotionally and physically and then, after all the commotion of treatment you shoot out of the tube so to speak and go on with your life, BUT with a whole different perspective. Do take time to just look at your quilts and fabrics designs and enjoy all the talents you have and the talents you so graciously share with all of us, your quilt friends and admirers. We will be with you in spirit every step of the way and we will be there when you "shoot out of the tube" to catch you and carry you forward to your new life and adventurers. Best of luck to you, my quilting friend.

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  24. ((Hugs to you))) I was diagnosed a year ago and am happy to say that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. I had triple positive cancer and am on month 10 of chemo and I did not lose all my hair (some people don't!) but it got very very thin!! I will say this...zofran is your friend :) and this too shall pass. Godspeed and good luck!!!

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  25. Bonnie I will be (and have been) praying for you and your wonderful family. What an amazing and inspirational person you are! Those hexes will be the perfect project...when you decide how to set them please let us know so I can set mine the same! I was so looking forward to seeing you at market, but will see you the next spring (will try to keep that Camille out of trouble for you, too)!

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  26. I never know what to say to people when things like this happen. I guess I'm just not great with words, but your story moved me to tears. I'm a huge fan of you and Camille and your work and will be praying for a successful procedure tomorrow and for your upcoming battle. I recently made a quilt for a friend fighting breast cancer and she requested your line Ruby. She is well and warm and beautiful and had a little quilt therapy along the way. Love to you and your family.

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  27. Bonnie I send to you all my prayers and good thoughts all the way from Mexico. Your blog is always full of joy and full of family love and you are such a strong and positive woman. Best of luck in your surgery

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  28. May you find strength and courage, peace and perseverance, and most of all, may you triumph, so that this moment is just a blip in the rear-view mirror.

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  29. Bonnie - so sorry to hear this news and know you are strong and will come through this just fine! Thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  30. Sending you lots of prayers and postive energy as you go through this.

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  31. Prayers for you, Bonnie, for a successful surgery & a fast year, with limited chemo side effects.

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  32. Oh my, Bonnie. Have been down a similar path. It definitely takes your breath away when you first hear the news. You have many bright spots in your life that will encourage you along the way. Will pray for healing and lots of special touches that you'll know are sent from our loving Lord.

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  33. Love, love, LOVE you Bonnie! You are such an inspiration to us all and have inspired/helped me in ways you will never know! You are so beautiful and kind and remind me so much of my own mother. I wish you the best tomorrow andI know somehow your sweet spirit will brighten up the whole hospital staff. I will keep you and your family in my prayers! xoxo

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  34. God bless, Bonnie. I'll have you in my prayers. Carol in Texas

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  35. Oh Bonnie, I'm thankful you have such a beautiful family, strength and faith to carry you through this. Lean on them and the healing will be quicker. As women we all unite with you to help keep that positive energy going. I'll be thinking of you tomorrow, and in the days to come. Hugs from all of us here at BH.

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  36. Bless you and I will have you in my prayers to our heavenly father.

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  37. Praying for your strength in the days ahead, a full recovery and that you get all those hexagons sewn together. All the best to you. Sounds like you've got a great attitude. Blessings!

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  38. Minha orações estara para você.Minha irmã passou por este e se recuperou bem,dez anos já.Não posso deixar de te dar parabéns por novo bebê a caminho,sei que os pequeninos são a esperança,pense em seus netos lindos.BeijoGRANNNDE.

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  39. Count me in - I'm saying a prayer and keeping a good thought for you and your family. I know that doctors say "attitude" is one of the biggest factors in beating cancer so you're already well ahead of the game. You've also got a terrific support system and that doesn't even include "us".


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  40. Wishing you all the strength in the world. A big bloggy hug to you xx

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  41. I am so sad you have to go through this... so happy that you have such an amazing family to go through it with! (((HUGS)))

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  42. I hope you go through Chemo easily and I will be praying for you and your family.

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  43. Bonnie, I am so sorry to hear this, but such amazing strides have been made medically in the last 10 years, you have a much better chance to get through this. My Mom is a breast cancer survivor and since it runs in the family, I always get my mammogram yearly. Thankfully you do too. You will be going on my nightly prayer list and please believe that you can beat this-because you can. All of your fans will be thinking of you and your family over the next year. Prayers to you and yours.

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  44. I have you in my thoughts, Bonnie. Sending you well wishes for the surgery and a straightforward recovery in the near-term and fir the next year! I'll keep sending positive thoughts and strength your way, x

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  45. bonnie, You are in my thoughts and hope that you make a great recovery from the surgery and the treament.

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  46. You are in our prayers from 'across the pond'. May you and your loved ones know God's presence and his strength most especially at this difficult time. God bless and keep you safe Bonnie. Xxx

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  47. My thoughts and prayers are with you!!! what a tough thing to face, but I know that you have the wonderful support of friends and family and God. I don't really know what to say, but remember that many, many people will be thinking of you and sending prayers your way, and hoping that your recovery will be swift! I hope that all the beauty that you have shared with the quilting world (and that is ALOT of beauty!!) will return to you in health and strength!

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  48. Know you are in the thoughts and prayers of so many "friends you've never met".

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  49. Dearest Bonnie.
    You are close to my heart in prayer.
    Sincerely, Trish Poolson
    (notesofsincerity.blogspot.com)

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  50. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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  51. Bonnie, I am so sad to hear this. I am sending you and your family prayers and healing wishes. Sounds like you are taking care of yourself, and have a load of family/friends to do it when you can't. Enjoy your fabric therapy.

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  52. Phew...wasn't expecting that. I will pray for strength and healing for you, strength for your beautiful family, and guidance for your doctors while they perform surgery. Keep thinking up those beautiful fabric designs and cute patterns. I look forward to much more fabric therapy from you.

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  53. Oh Bonnie, I'm so sorry. I was talking about you last night to my 25 year old granddaughter who wants to learn to quilt, and of course I recommended Bonnie and Camille fabric and patterns. Now I will have another story to tell her. God bless you and give you the strength to endure this bump in the road. Be sure Camille updates us when you can't.

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  54. Hey Bonnie, I'm sorry that the ugly c word is invading your life. I pray that God will guide the doctors in wisdom and knowledge as they work together with Him for YOUR PERFECT HEALING.

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  55. Bonnie,

    Take care of yourself. All our best. We will miss seeing you in Portland.

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  56. Bonnie - You are in my prayers as is your family. I'm sending up healing thoughts for you and will think of you each day! You will be missed at Market! We'll send pics!

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  57. Blessings to you and your family. GOD Bless!

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  58. All best wishes and positive energy coming your way.

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  59. bless you and your sweet family. Lots of prayers.

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  60. Bonnie, you and your beautiful family are in my thoughts and prayers. I will pray that God's healing hand touches you in your journey. You are so blessed to have such wonderful family and friends. Best wishes for a smooth recovery :)

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  61. Hi Bonnie, I was heartbroken to hear about your cancer. I was diagnosed last year with 2 types of breast cancer and I understand the roller coaster ride you are on. I lost all my hair from head to toe and you know what it really wasn't bad, you never wake up from a nap with bedhead. I believe what has helped me is my strong faith, which you have, and all the amazing support from so many wonderful people and it certainly sounds like you have that too. I am praying for God's peace and strength for you as I type this, and know that many people will be praying for you on this journey.

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  62. Prayers go out to you, your doctors, and your family. Especially today with the surgery but throughout your recovery, too. Praying for continued peace for you, knowledge for the doctors that God will guide their hands, and for His healing arms around you.

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  63. Prayers to you & your family!

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  64. I was so shocked to hear about what you and your family are going through, but as many have posted, there is so much that can be done now. You truly are blessed with your family and how strong you all are. We are all praying for you and you'll get through this!

    Love your blog, your talents and looking forward to many more of your creations!

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  65. Bonnie, you don't know me, but I am a faithful follower of you and Camille. Just bought her new book yesterday! I'm a survivor, and am out 12 years now. I too had chemo and radiation. Though hard, chemo is doable. The anti-meds they give you REALLY work. Just take your meds exactly as they tell you. I too had to embrace my diagnosis and treatment. When I would go in for chemo I would try to visualize that it was liquid gold going into my veins. Also used visual imagery of the PacMan guy gobbling up all the estrogen negative cancer cells. But the very best medicine will be the love and support of your husband and family. I live the same Plan as you and the peace and blessings that come from that knowledge surpass everything. I'm glad I can pray for you. It's Friday morning and I'm asking Heavenly Father to bless you right now! One thing - when I was diagnosed, our two youngest children were serving missions and my one thought was, "I'm so grateful it's me and not one of my children." Love and blessings to you and your family from one who truly empathizes.

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  66. Bonnie you don't know me either but I am too a follower of you and Camille.

    I will be praying for you and your family

    All the Very Best!!!

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  67. Best wishes for a speedy recovery Bonnie. This time next year, you will know that the worst is behind you and will be celebrating with all of your close friends and family. So glad you have a huge support system for these trials.

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  68. Best wishes for a speedy recovery!

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  69. Bonnie, I am so sorry to hear this. It will be tough, but there are so many people close around you to help you through the bad times and so many more all over the world (I am from The Netherlands) who will be rooting for you and wishing you all the best and a good recovery. Quilting will be a comfort, your designs, patterns and blog have given others so much comfort and joy, now it is your turn to take this time for yourself and heal. Will be thinking of you, wishing you all the best, take care.

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  70. Bonnie - Hard cheese! I thought I'd let you know that my sister Nancy has been through this twice and she's alive and kicking and cancer free. Also one of my best friends. So our prayers and best wishes are with you and your family as you deal with this. God speed.

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  71. Bonnie, I am so sorry to hear of your diagnosis. Praying for you to receive Strength from the Lord as he carries you through this. Let those who know you fill you with their love as they help you. I know it is hard to be on the receiving end when you are the mother. I have a few pieces of your fabric lines. I will be reminded to pray for you as I see them.
    Praying for wisdom for your doctors tomorrow. Take care janita

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  72. Dearest Bonnie, sending you much love a huge hug. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I hope your surgery goes well and that you will move through this swiftly. xxoo

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  73. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family today. We love you and hope that all goes well. Love,Nicole

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  74. My heart goes out to you and your family. My mom went through breast cancer a few years back and she is doing amazing now. Although she wishes it never happened (obviously), she says she is a much happier and stronger person post-cancer, and she's grateful for that.

    I will be sending positive thoughts your way over the next year!

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  75. Bonnie, you are in my thoughts and prayers.
    xoxo
    Denise

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  76. A new journey, not one you would have chosen, but one that has chosen you. I can already see God at work, carrying you through, and making you a blessing to others just by sharing your heart.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you. I will pray for you as I stitch!
    Blessings to you and your lovely family.

    Holly

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  77. Bonnie, you are in my thoughts and prayers.

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  78. Bonnie, I will keep you in my daily prayers for our Heavenly Father, the great physician, to place his healing hands on you. I have placed the selvage edge of a piece of Bliss fabric taped to my mirror to remind me daily of your journey. Blessings with a hug to you and your family.

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  79. I have been a fan of you and your patterns for a long, long time! My home (and friends and family) have been blessed by your creativity. In fact, I am currently working on a quilt using your different fabric lines. You and your family will be in my prayers. Our common faith teaches us that there is one who can succor us perfectly. Thank you for trusting us with your diagnosis and journey. May you heal quickly and be back to stitching soon.

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  80. Thinking of you and know that you are being raised up for healing and a complete recovery.

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  81. Bonnie, I will keep you, your family and staff in my daily prayers. I am also praying that God's hands will be with the surgeons, nurses and all the staff who will be performing your surgery, tending to your needs and helping you throughout your recovery.

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  82. Bonnie, may your surgery be successful and your recovery swift. Thoughts, prayers and love to you and your family.

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  83. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Get well soon!!!!

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  84. Speedy recovery Bonnie! I'm praying for you and your family. <3

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  85. Thinking of you, Bonnie, and sending lots of prayers your way!!

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  86. God bless you, Bonnie, and your husband and family, as you all go through this together. Your strength will make your journey a bit easier, and your love will make it a lot easier. Praying for you.

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  87. I am sorry to hear this news and hope and pray that you will have a very speedy recovery. Sending well wishes, prayers and a virtual hug to you and your entire family.

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  88. Oh Bonnie I am so sorry. It looks like you have your plans in order and the Lord in front of you! I will keep you in prayer and that may sound different from a stranger but we are all Gods children so that makes us sisters. I will pray on Sister!

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  89. Bonnie, Prayers are with you as you travel this journey. I was diagnosed with Stage 3 ovarian cancer in June of 2011. Had surgery, and chemo. You will make it through this journey, even if some days you don't think you will. Our Heavenly Father will be with you for this journey, and He will guide you along the way. I am now almost two years cancer free, and I thank Heavenly Father each day for the gift of life that He has given me.

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  90. Awww, Bonnie, that stinks! I hate when bad things happen to good people. I know this is just part of the test that is this earth life. Look at how many people love you and care about you. I am praying for your strength and a cancer free future. Good luck!

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  91. Good luck Bonnie! I was diagnosed two years ago and only had to undergo a lumpectomy and radiation. Yes it is scary but with all the love and prayers going your way I hope you will be well soon. We are all thinking of you and praying for you

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  92. My thoughts are with you Bonnie. It is wonderful of you to share & shock us so that hopefully quite a few of us with think twice & go get an overdue mammogram too. Your sharing could save lives. I'm happy I had mine 3 weeks ago & was all OK. Your family will be such a blessing at this time. xx

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  93. I am going through a similar journey with my mum, though she can't be treated with Chemo. and have been making EPP hexagons whilst sitting in hospital waiting rooms with her, they have helped keep our minds busy and stopped us dwelling on scary thoughts. My thoughts and prayers will be with you and I hope you be fully recovered soon x

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  94. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Quilting, sewing, and other handwork projects are great ways to pass the time and reduce the stress/anxiety. Hang in there!

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  95. Many, many prayers for an easy recovery!

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  96. Dear Bonnie,

    As the daughter of a breast cancer survivor, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family! My mom's motto while going through chemo was "Tough times never last, but tough people do!" May you and your family feel of our Heavenly Father's love and sweet comfort. Sending lots of positive thoughts and prayers from Australia.

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  97. Just wanted to say hi and I am thinking about you, hope you are feeling better soon. The tulips form Moda were so nice and Spring like!

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  98. I've been thinking about you and hoping you're recovering well and getting the rest you need. xo

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  99. Bonnie, I am thinking about you and wish you all the best! Much love from germany, Hildy

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  100. WOW! I'm a lurker of your blog and absolutely love all of your quilts..I finally had time to come to your blog tonight and just happened to read your post...I'm so sorry! I wish you the best and I'm glad it's a curable cancer..((hugs to you))
    Mandy

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  101. My heart broke as I read this :( My prayers are with you and your family xx

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  102. Hi Bonnie - you are in my thoughts. I have recently been diagnosed with multiple myeloma and have to go through chemo and stem cell therapy over the next few months. Having lost my husband to cancer last year this has been a hard time for me, but my quilting friends have been and will be a big help. Oh and those hexagons. I began making some when my husband was in hospital. Have just begun putting them together and have over 160 pieced grandmothers flower bed flowers to piece together! Lots of prayers and well wishes from me...........Roslyn in Australia

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  103. HI Bonnie I have been a long time follower of you and your daughter. I just love all of your fabric lines. They always cheer me up. I'm so sorry to hear of your news. Please know that I have you in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Sending many hugs from South Africa. ***Melissa Perry

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  104. Bonnie, I've been praying for you and your family since Camille posted about it on IG. I am so glad that you have such a wonderful family, strong faith, and loving friends to help support you during this difficult time. Know that you are in my prayers, too.

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  105. Hi Bonnie. I just saw this post and I am so sorry to hear of your news. Please know that you and your family are in my prayers. You will get through this difficult time with your family and many friends in real life and in blogland. Hugs.

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  106. Oh Bonnie! May our Heavenly Father give you strength thru this trial. I'm so sorry you have to go thru what lies ahead. Your family seems to be so supportive and amazing! And hopefully all the happy and beautiful fabrics you've designed and the projects you've made over the years will continue to bring a smile to you on the hard days! Thank you for sharing your talents with us! We'll be waiting for everything you dream up while you're resting and recovering. ;)

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  107. May the Lord bless you! I am so sorry, but I am sure all will ok.
    You will be stronger after that. Take care.

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  108. I will keep you in my prayers. Unfortunately I have had several friends go through this but are doing wonderful now. It may seem like a long journey but then you can get on with your life!! :) Take care of you!!

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  109. Bonnie - You are in my prayers. This news is becoming all too familiar - sisters, friends, and quilters. Please know that you are thought of, and prayed for!

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  110. Bonnie, I am sorry to hear about your situation, but I will be praying for your speedy, permanent recovery! Thanks for sharing; best wishes!!

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  111. I'll add you to my prayer list. Hang in there.

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  112. О, как жаль, Бонни... Вы наш вдохновитель и учитель, лечитесь и пусть у вас все получится. Будем молить Бога о вас и вашем здоровье. Держитесь!

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  113. Saying a prayer, tearfully...but trusting our Lord and Saviour. God bless you, sweet Bonnie!

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  114. OMG! Sorry, I'm alittle behind in reading my blogs. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I know it was hard to share your story but I know so many people will get strength from you and hopefully you will feel the strength all of us are sending your way! Sending you positive thoughts and a virtual hug!

    Love your hexies!

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  115. goodluck with your op and further treatment........

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  116. Hugs and kisses from Spain!!!

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  117. Bonnie,
    You are in my thoughts and prayers. I am 22 years plus cancer free. My breast cancer was found when I was 44 years old. Had surgery, chemo and 6 weeks of radiation and 5 years of oral chemo drugs. So glad to be here to see our daughters marry and have 5 grandkids to love. You will beat this thing and be an inspiration to others in the process. Many good wishes to you as you recover from your surgery.

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  118. So sorry to hear about this. Stay strong and lean on your family and faith when you need to. Best wishes to you and your family at such a stressful time.

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  119. Bonnie, I will keep you in my prayers. Lean on God and family when you need. Love your hexie therapy. I hadn't checked your blog since the jelly roll post but I picked up the Happy Go Lucky hexagons and mini charms today and thought I'd check your site for patterns. God Bless and keep looking for the bright spots.

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  120. You are in my thoughts and prayers and you are so fortunate to have a wonderful family and so many friends and followers for support. God will bless you with love and guidance through this year. Faith is a gift we should all treasure.

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  121. I am very happy to hear that you have a very curable form of breast cancer. You have lots of people out here rooting for you and wishing you the best. Please keep posting occasionally, just to let us know how you are doing.

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  122. Ms. Bonnie, I suffered through a very difficult pregnancy and miscarriage years ago, and a friend introduced me to those precious little hexagons while I was on bedrest. I used Bliss for mine, and I'm still working on it. I cherish that quilt, because I can look at each little stitch and think about how far I've come physically and spiritually since I started it. I hope you'll find your stitches just as therapeutic and encouraging.

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  123. These words from a hymn are wonderful, I share them with you. "Great is thy faithfulness, oh God our father, there is not shadow of turning with thee. All I have needed thy hand has provided, great is thy faithfulness, Lord unto me." May He continue to strenghten you and that His Peace that passeth understanding comfort and sustain you.
    XO Elaine

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  124. Dear Bonnie,
    I am just finding your blog today, after seeing a video of your lovely Camille at Spring Market. I have been a fan of your fabrics and patterns for years, but I'm not much of a blogger.
    I had the shock of a cancer diagnosis just over 1 year ago, so your words were felt deeply in my heart. One year later, I am cancer free, and I know how very blessed I am. Please know that you are in my prayers.
    You can do this, you are a strong woman of faith, and you obviously have a wonderful family to help you along the way. Please be good to yourself.

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