My sister, Mary Fadale Phillips, was a cigarette smoker for over 40 years. The only time she achieved success in quilting was during her pregnancies. In 2008, she made a monumental effort to quit. She realized that she would have to find a way to keep her hands busy so she decided to make this afghan for me. She is convinced that this blanket and the many hours of knitting it, contributed to her success in becoming a non-smoker.
I honor her by submitting this as a lasting remembrance of her determination and my love and respect for her.