Contributed by Gayla Nelson

Gayla Nelson
Childhood, Handmade

We purchased / bid on this quilt 8 or 9 years ago when working on and with the American Diabetes Association in Portland. Made/quilted by an 11 year old young girl with type I diabetes. It would be fun to have it included in the Museum exhibit. Her story is attached:

Hi, my name is Taylor Duncan and I am 11 years old. I have had diabetes for 6 years. I went on an insulin pump when I was 8. It has changed the way I do a lot of things, such as being a kid. I love to quilt and play sports. My favorite sports are basketball and softball. I love to make quilts. I have made three so far, one was auctioned at a different American Diabetes Association event.

The quilt you see here, I made it almost all by myself. I asked for the help of my Aunt Ami, with some of the touch up qualities. I couldn’t have done it without her.

I am very involved with the American Diabetes Association. I am a Teen Advocate. I get to go to Olympia and Washington, D.C. to lobby for different issues regarding diabetes. I volunteer in the Spokane office and for walks and different events such as the ‘Summit to Surf’. I enjoy helping other kids and adults with diabetes.

Thank you so much for bidding on my quilt. Thank you also for your support of the American Diabetes Association, because it has supported me so much the past 6 years.