We decided to create a quilt that represents the colors of the sunrise based on this Relay for Life literature from the American Cancer Society:
Relay for Life starts at dusk and ends at the next day’s morning. The light and darkness of the day and night parallel the physical effects, emotion, and mental state of a cancer patient while undergoing treatment.
The Relay begins when the sun is setting. This symbolizes the time that the person has been diagnosed as having cancer. The day is getting darker and this represents the cancer patient’s state of mind as they feel that their life is coming to an end.
As the evening goes on it gets colder and darker, just as the emotions of the cancer patient does. Around 1:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. represents the time when the cancer patient starts treatment. They become exhausted, some sick, not wanting to go on, possibly wanting to give up. As a participant, you have been walking and feel much the same way. You are tired, want to sleep, maybe even want to go home, but you cannot stop or give up.
4:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. symbolizes the coming of the end of treatment for the cancer patient. Once again they are tired, but they know they will make it.
The sun rising represents the end of treatment for the cancer patient.
They see the light at the end of the tunnel and know that life will go on. The morning light brings on a new day full of life and excitement for new beginnings for the cancer patient.
Guild members made monochromatic blocks in shades of orange, green, cream and brown and those were nestled in to a light blue background for the quilt top. Heather Grant gave us a mini lesson on using negative space in modern quilt layouts at one of our monthly meetings.
The Silent Auction will be held Sunday, April 1st 5:30pm - 8:30pm.
The entire community is invited to join us at Playland Skate Center, located at 8822 McCann Dr.
There will be roller skating, food and drinks for sale, and many wonderful items up for auction. All of your donations help the American Cancer Society in their quest to create a world with less cancer and more birthdays.