Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Headscarves and Race for the Cure

Me modeling one of the headscarves with my Grandma's cat
I have mentioned my Aunt Cindy many times on this blog.  She taught me how to quilt and is my main source for new project ideas, blogs to read, and new fabulous fabrics.  Check out this previous post to see photos of the quilt shop she used to own.  My Aunt Cindy was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and she is currently going through chemotherapy, so I wanted to make her a few headscarves.

Fabric for the headscarves
After hunting around online, I found that 36" square was a standard size for the scarves and they recommend a single layer of 100% cotton fabric.  The saleswoman at the quilt shop, a breast cancer survivor, had gone through chemo a few years ago and said that Batik fabrics were very soft and comfortable, so I chose a  few batik fabrics, and a couple of 100% cotton quilting fabrics.  I used just under a yard of fabric for each headscarf.  I cut the fabric into 36" squares, double folded the edges, and made 5 scarves in no time.  Aunt Cindy had been recommending Mary Ellen's Best Press starch alternative to me, but I could never find it.  I finally found it and tried it and it made life soooo much easier to double fold and sew the tiny edges.  The saleswoman at the quilt shop also said that now she is cancer-free, she is making a quilt out of her head scarves.  Aunt Cindy thought this was a great idea and can't wait until she is sewing with the the headscarves instead of wearing them.
My dad, Jim, on ironing duty.
We used this youtube video to learn how to tie the headscarves.  Aunt Cindy isn't in any of the photos, but I used other family members as my models.

Me, Uncle Mike, and two of my cousins, Annie and Jane.
Me with Grandpa Jack- he said the headscarf looked better with the knot in the front.

My brother, Jack, still looking tough in a headscarf.

My mom's best friend, Donna Cox, is running in the 20th annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in South Florida on January 29th, 2011.  Donna is racing in my Aunt Cindy's name.  If anyone would like to support her in the race, please visit her donation page.

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