According to the CDC, 1 in 13 Black or African American babies born in the United States carries Sickle Cell Trait. Sickle Cell Disease disproportionately affects the Black community. This quilt represents a girl, around 2 or 3 years old. The bubbles blown from the wand start out sickle-shaped, then slowly become round, representing the change from sickle-shaped to round red blood cells. We all hope for a cure with childlike innocence, so that every baby has a chance for a long, happy, pain-free life. We used raw edge appliqué to capture both the detail and imperfections of life. Free motion quilting, in variegated thread matching the color gradient, creates a swirl of bubbles around the little girl, representing the continuous journey to finding a cure.