Monday, October 15, 2012

Let's Get Maybelle to The Ellen Show

This is the story of Maybelle - a girl with a wish.

Images by Bianca and used with permission
Maybelle (11) is the eldest daughter of crafty mum Bianca.  In November 2011 Maybelle was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, a life threatening blood cancer. While her treatment has been life saving, it has ravaged her body. The highlight of her sometimes bleak days is to watch The Ellen Show. It has been a source of inspiration and much needed laughs.

Maybelle's wish is to go to The Ellen Show, and maybe even meet Ellen and thank her for being awesome. The problem is, we live in Australia and Maybelle is the oldest of 4 children.  The Make-A-Wish Foundation no longer grants overseas wishes due to lack of funding, and so, as a community we are going to work together and make Maybelle's wish come true.

As part of the fundraising effort a Facebook based Auction will be held from Monday, November 5 to  Friday November 9, 2012.  My contribution to the Auction is the quilt that I have been working on for the last week or so.

Quilt size:  54 inches x 68 inches
100 Cotton Batting 
Maybelle and her family have been in my thoughts often over the last 12 months.  It has been an arduous journey for this family and Maybelle's treatment and recovery period isn't over yet.   With every stitch I have wished for a speedy recovery and for Maybelle's dreams to come true, always.

The quilt is made from a huge selection of designer quilting cottons as well as some reclaimed linens (in excellent condition).  I have included many of my favorite fabrics, most from my scrap bin, others from stash.

The back of the quilt features another one of my favorite prints - this one by Aneela Hoey from the Sew Stitchy range - Pins in Cotton - which complements the colors and style of this quilt perfectly.  

Quilted with straight lines, outlining all seam lines, as well as a single set of diagonal lines intersecting in the center of each block.  The design of this quilt is simple, with three 2 inch strips sewn together to make a 5 inch square block.  

Today I am asking you a few favors - if at all possible:

1.  Go and LIKE and SHARE: Let's Get Maybelle to the Ellen Show Auction Facebook Page.  This is the Auction Page - which will keep you up to date with all of the auction items and where bidding on items will commence on Monday, November 5, 2012.

2.  Go and LIKE and SHARE: Let's Get Maybelle to the Ellen Show Face Book Page - a page to keep you informed of all things fundraising.

3.  If you would like to make a donation or contribute an item to the Auction please contact Mel by email at
This quilt is ready for Auction to commence on November 12, 2012 with a reserve price of $AUD400.00.  The quilt will be shipped - anywhere in the world - on Monday 19 November 2012.

I know that together we can do this!


  1. Oh Rita! Thank you so so so much! It is beautiful! It will sell well for sure! Did you know that green is Maybelle's favourite colour? xox

  2. Did anyone ever think of just writing a letter to the Ellen show and telling of Maybelle's situation? I've heard that Ellen is pretty generous and who knows what she might do to grant Maybelle's wish?

  3. so beautiful Rita, and thank you so much for sharing Maybelle's story. Cat x

  4. Great job Rita and Maybs is a woman of taste to love green best in all the world. And yes Carol that did occur to us but you are very welcome to join your voice to the chorus because together she might just hear us.

  5. Great Rita! Beautiful work for a beautiful cause. xx

  6. Just gorgeous! Is it ok if I send this post to MMQG to put on the website? Just for the non-blog readers or non social media types in general!

  7. I just sent a quick letter to Ellen about Maybelle. Maybe she'll get it and give her a call?

  8. I have liked and shared! That's a beautiful quilt I hope it helps get her there!

  9. Gorgeous quilt--and a wonderful goal!

  10. Someone who knows Maybelle should go to this site and see if the Ellen Show chooses her to be on the show. Then the flights would be covered. Here is a link.

  11. Great quilt and a wonderful cause! Off to "like" and send a note to Ellen too.

  12. Here's a link for The Ellen Show website where you can nominate someone to be a part of the Ellen Show.

    Good luck with the fundraising!

  13. This is super great Rita - I know that Maybelle will get her wish.

  14. Rita,
    As always you have stepped up to the bar and the surpassed it! You are truly a beautiful person inside and out! You are such an inspiration to me! Thank you for all you do and for sharing all the wonderful quilting you do and all the other items.

  15. I always love your bindings on your quilts. Thanks for sharing all of your beautiful creative works.

  16. Rita - this is sure a heart touching story - has anyone contacted Ellen - I'm sure she would like to know about this child and her wish. Please try and contact Ellen and see if she will help.

  17. I sent a link to this post to The Ellen show.

  18. I posted about this to the Ellen show as well. Praying for Maybelle!

  19. Such a great idea. Hope she gets her wish!

  20. Rita,

    Thanks for sharing Maybell's story. The quilt is gorgeous and it will bring in lots of needed funds. I hope she gets to the Ellen's show. It is one of my kids favorite show too. Take care,



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