Sad News

Posted by on January 14, 2016 in block lotto community | 10 comments

Mary Jane Cardwell has been a part of the Block Lotto nearly since it’s beginning many years ago on a quilting forum and in recent years led her own block lotto there.

Our paths crossed many times in the quilting community and she became a friend I never met.

On January 4, she shared that she had Stage 4 Colon Cancer which has affected the liver, the lungs and the brain.  A couple days ago she began chemo therapy.  She died last night.

She was very lucky in 2013 and won the block lotto twice.  Here are her finishes, posted 2 years ago.



Wonky Stars

She made many beautiful quilts and was a beautiful person.



  1. God rest her soul, and give peace to her mourners!

  2. My Condolences Sophie. It is such a loss for everyone when a beautiful Soul passes from this place in time and space called Earth. Mary, her family and friends are in my thoughts just now and I wish them Love and Peace .

  3. I am sorry, she is at peace now.

  4. I recognize her name from years before. What a loss. My condolences and love go out to all her friends and family.
    Pat K

  5. I am so sorry to hear this. It is always sad for those of us left behind to lose a quilting friend.

  6. My deep sympathy for her family and friends. Eternal rest, Mary Jane.

  7. My Sympathy to her family and loved ones.

  8. Sophie, I am sorry to hear of Mary Jane’s passing. I knew her on-line both through the Block Lotto and also the one she managed elsewhere. Thanks for letting us know.

  9. Mary Jane and I were online quilting buddies for at least 13 years, through block lotto and two other forums. She was an encourager and always interested in what others were working on. We used to mention to each other in private emails the luck of the “Georgia girls” here on block lotto (we both won a couple of times in the same month). She will be missed.

  10. Such sad news. I didn’t know her but it’s always sad to hear that this Earth has lost a good soul. My thoughts and sympathy are with her loved ones.

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