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Quilting a Labor of Love

Quilting a Labor of Love

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Dr. Kim Mulvihill ReportingOne woman who is suffering from cancer decided to spread a little joy to children diagnosed with the same disease. Supplied with patches of colorful material, needle and thread, and a sewing machine, this woman goes to work trying to make sick children as comfortable as possible.

For Rose Ottolini every stitch is a labor of love. For the past seven years Rose has been making quilts for children with cancer. What started as a hobby now fills her life.

Rose Ottolini: "Last night I was here til I looked at the clock, I thought, ‘Ah what time is it?’ I looked, ‘Oh, it's 10:00, I gotta go to bed.’"

She's got all the tools of the trade and fabric galore. Even a professional grade quilting machine that can hold a queen-sized quilt.

Every quilt is different, tailor made to fit the child – their favorite colors, their favorite things.

Rose: "This little girl wanted horses, Barbies, fairies, ballerinas."

Rose knows the warmth a special quilt can bring to a hospital room. She's fighting metastatic brain cancer.

Rose: "I got these awful headaches and I thought I had an inner ear infection. And I went to the doctor’s and he said, 'Let's do an MRI.’ Well then they found three tumors in my head."

Yet she's as determined as ever. She would love to see every child that's sick have a quilt.

Rose: "Just to see the smile on their face is just, I go oh man, that makes me happy."

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