The Big Blue Bird with Bells on her Toes and Rings on Her Fingers was made for the Banners of Hope Project (2-1-2010) for permanent display at the Enloe Cancer Center Healing Arts Gallery on Cohasset Road in Chico. Twenty quilts were made by quilters who were effected by cancer in numerous ways, most of the quilters are also members of the Annie Star Quilt Guild.
I made this quilt not to memorialize all the family members who have died of cancer, but to rejoice in those who have survived! Specifically my niece Cheryl who not only is alive but thrives! After several surgeries and numerous treatments, after being told she could never have children, she now has three beautiful healthy children, and her cancer has been in remission for several years.
The main thing that got Cheryl through it, and the thing that gets so many through it is to say, "Lord help me through it." Part of hope is having faith, and part of hope is having love and being loved, and part of hope is being able to laugh. So I made a silly bird to make people at the cancer center laugh. She's the bluebird of happiness with bells on her toes and rings on her fingers, bursting through the frame because she is ready for a sunny new day and she is ready to play! Poor little bluebird doesn't have a name, so you are each invited, children big and small, to name her whatever you like... and to ring her bells and hear her happy sound.