I don’t think anyone will forget the emotional toll that 2016 took on so many people in the United States. From natural disasters, hate crimes, animal abuse, and, yes, our presidential election. It is so easy to look at situations and only see the bad, and there was a huge amount of bad in 2016. But out of the bad can come compassion, acceptance of others, change, growth, and love.
I haven’t been active on my blog this year because of two relapses with Chronic Lyme disease. It has been a physically and emotionally draining battle. But, I am so thankful for the opportunities presented via Facebook and Instagram to give me a purpose outside of my family to motivate me to not dwell on my situation but to focus on others that are hurting.
QUILTS FOR PULSE
After the shooting at the Pulse Night Club in Florida, the Orlando Modern Quilt Guild put out a call for rainbow heart blocks and quilts. Their initial goal was to have enough quilts for the survivors, victims’ families and first responders. They received hundreds of quilts and were able to share them with others touched by violence. Click here for the #quiltsforpulse Instagram feed to see the quilts.
The heart with flying geese blocks are a pattern by Anita from the Blooming Workshop blog. You can find the original pattern here: Heart with Flying Geese I increased the size of the block to 12″ so it would be the same as the rainbow heart pattern that was provided by Allison of Cluck Cluck Sew. She has a tutorial for three different sizes of hearts which can be found here: Making Heart Blocks Multiple Sizes
QUITLS FOR PEACE
Not long after the shooting at Pulse, there was one in Dallas. The Dallas Modern Quilt Guild, The Fort Worth Modern Quilt Guild, and The McKinney Modern Quilt Guild put out a call for blue heart blocks and quilts for survivors, victims, and first responders. They also received hundreds of quilts and have shared them with others. Many of the blocks sent to them contained police department badges and signatures from officers. Several of the members of my local Prairie Points Quilt Club have family and friends in service and I suggested we make blocks as a way of showing support and also to help them cope with the loss. As one member told me, “We are all family, no matter where they serve”. What a beautiful sentiment. The four quilts tops above are what we pieced and gave to the DMQG along with the supplies needed to finish the quilts.
Click on the guild names above to go to their Instagram accounts to read more about Quilts for Peace and their guilds. Click here to go to the #quiltsforpeace IG feed to see the beautiful quilts.
This Blue Hearts quilt was pieced using the leftover half-square triangles from the quilts our club made. When finished, it will go to one of our local police departments.
I used the #BigHeartBlock for Pulse tutorial by Julie at Jaybird Quilts as a starting point for the blocks. I changed it slightly to use more half-square triangles, as we had very little blue fabric yardage left over.
TQPM Small Kennel Quilt Team is a volunteer organization that connects people with animal shelters and groups in need. You can read about them on their website Kennel Quilts or their Facebook page TQPM Small Kennel Quilts. Our quilt club has made about 90 quilts this year. Some went to Purrs of Hope Rescue in Hammond, LA; Rescutopia’s Happy Tails Island in Baton Rouge, LA; Animal Aid for the Vermillion Area in Scott, LA; and Zeus’ Rescues in New Orleans, LA. These shelters were in need due to the flooding the Louisiana.
Other quilts went to the Human Society of the Tennessee Valley in Knoxville, TN. They have taken in animals displaced and injured in the fires in Gatlinburg.
Hopefully, 2017 will be a year filled with good tidings and love.