Bob Jones took it home for the Jones family in 2012. (please appreciate this post in the sarcasm with which it is intended)
We play a little game in my family. Who is the most ill, the most serious disease, the most crippled. I usually win this game. Having Rheumatoid Arthritis and some Lupus markers usually guarantees me the top spot! My sister on the other hand has some back issues. She saw a doctor in Germany where they injected sugar-water into your spine to help it regrow tissue or assist it in healing itself.. something like that. I told her that didn’t even move her up in the point standing as I’m considering “sugar-water” some kind of voodoo crap.. It not like they were injecting her with stem cells that we could consider “cutting edge”. My husband has some bone spurs on his neck, but he is way down the list as he won’t have them treated. Debbies husband Bob has had some elbow/shoulder replacement or fixes. A lot of orthopedic issues but they have been able to be fixed. He did move up in the standing when he had a hiatal hernia repaired. Hey anytime they have to move your organs around you get bonus points. So far though I have been the winner. Hey in 10 years I’m going to have evil witches fingers (as my husband calls it) I get to take Infusions and injections made up of poison and everyday is a battle of wills on if im going to acknowledge the pain or push thru it. It’s a sick and twisted game, but the only thing we really can do is laugh and play along because if we don’t we will lay down on the couch and get up. Trust me I have tried. Once you lay on that couch its hard to get off again.
Bob and I are extremely competitive. He thinks his orthopedic problems should give him more points as he is a war hero with multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, I think he is a cheater! I bumped myself up the standing by upgrading my condition with twice monthly infusions. Hey anytime you have to actually have an IV shoved into your arm with poison, you deserve extra points!
So at the end of December Bob took it for the team and won the 2012 game. More than likely he will win for 2013 as well. Bob crossed the finish line with stage 3 throat Cancer. So Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!
So my worthy adversary.. he gets a prize. He gets a fantastic chemo quilt. I usually don’t make quilts with any of my family in mind. I start a quilt… post it on Facebook.. if one of my family shows an interest I will let them put dibs on it. If not it will get sold or donated. Along time ago I learned not to quilt on demand.. it’s uninspiring to quilt with someone elses choices.
As Bob was the winner he also felt that he should get some kind of say in what this quilt should look like. So I did let him pick the colors,
under duress. I put an SOS call out to some friends, we pulled Black/White/Orange (he is a SF Giants fan) We eliminated any flowers or anything girly. We put our heads together and decided on a pattern that would be quick and easy and before I knew it the Winner Winner Chicken Dinner quilt was born.
I love my ladies.. Thanks Kate and Marianne, coldn’t have done it without you two! These two answered my SOS and came up with 10 blocks in a matter of days. Its a very improv block a great scrap buster and easy to put together. It was quilted at 3/8″ intervals. I knew this was going to be washed alot, and not on delicate. So this was made to stand the test of time, and keep up with everything Bob is going to put it through in the coming year.