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LoveQuiltsUK - Finley R's quilt

Finley R's quilt    (Quilt Closed)

Illness: Cystic fibrosis

Theme: Orcas and other whales (realistic)

Date opened: 22nd Jul 2020
Date closed: 24th Jul 2020
Deadline: 26th Oct 2020

Photo of Finley R

Theme details

Orcas and other whales (realistic) - Orcas is his favourite. Other whales, the odd dolphin or the odd sea lion is also acceptable, but realistic rather than cute.

Formula 1 stuff on the label if possible

Child Interests

F1 particularly Aston Martin Red Bull racing
His favourite colours are white and black
Any shades of blue, red and yellow


When Fin was born he was very small. Despite this he would feed constantly and never gain weight. I took him to the doctor who told me there was nothing wrong with him when he was 6 weeks old. I knew there was so I took him to A&E where after a lot of testing, he was really poorly and severely anaemic and ended up having a blood transfusion.

Initially they thought he had a rare blood disorder so the doctors were going down those lines. Then I was munching on his tiny hands playing pattacake and he tasted so salty it was unbelievable.

I googled it and up popped Cystic fibrosis so I went to the doctor on the ward and chatted about how salty he was... Fin was then referred to a CF specialist centre and 4 months later he was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis.

Whilst they were doing the tests to confirm his CF it was also found he had an extra chromosome on the 15th pairing and at the time no one was really sure if this would affect him or how if it would at all. Although Fin is 14, maturity wise he`s probably about 8/9 year old so it can be really difficult at times when it comes to treating his CF particularly when meds and routine is introduced.

Fin is absolutely totally obsessed with anything Orcas followed second by motorsport in particular F1. He started racing at 11 in petrol karts mainly as a form of exercise to help keep his chest clear from the mucous because of his CF.

My dream one day would be for me to actually take him to see the orcas living free and wild in their natural environment rather than being on display in a big tank

Fin has had a lot of surgery, chest infections and complete bowel blockages because of his CF. He's had so many courses of iv antibiotics I've lost count. On a daily basis he needs up to 60 tablets and nebuliser therapy morning and evening, on top of chest percussion morning and evening to loosen and move the thick sticky mucous on his lungs.


1.Janlynn 'free at sea' Orcas swimming in the wildStitcher: Heather, Littleborough, England
In Progress

2.Orca Whales - Peter Underhill Marine Creatures.Stitcher: Leanda Vickers, Oldham , England
In Progress

3.Stoney Creek Design Orca swimmingStitcher: Jade Kenny, Ballinasloe, Ireland
In Progress

4.Cross stitch magazine Selection of small orcasStitcher: Jade Kenny, Ballinasloe, Ireland
In Progress

5.Richearts Etsy Awesome orcaStitcher: Miss Debbie Elkington, Boston, Lincs, UK
In Progress

6.Cross my heart booklet Ocean Animals 1994 Orca breachjngStitcher: Sally, Hull, UK
In Progress

7.Free pattern from DMC website Two OrcasStitcher: Jennifer Urquhart, Glasgow, Scotland
In Progress

8.038c0abfc82eb94015a377ca72183%3A773773619&pro=1 Blue Whale, EtsyStitcher: Melanie Seymour, Nairn, Scotland
In Progress

9.Stony Creek Wildlife Wonders Book 132 Orcas swimmingStitcher: Ann, Billericay, UK
In Progress

10.Orca splash by sherry vintson, vintage pattern Stitcher: Martha O, London, UK
In Progress

11.An orca swimming in a glass bottle Stitcher: Paula Dewar, Glasgow, Scotland
In Progress

12.Label Stitcher: Sandra, Shefford, England
In Progress

Squares received

None yet. (Quilt opened on 22nd Jul 2020)

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