In the face of tragedy, I love that our quilting community
has found a way to spread love, hope and compassion.
facing unnecessary loss. It makes me stop and wonder why these acts keep
happening. In the short time that I’ve been a part of this community, I’ve
heard of too many senseless acts of violence – the Pulse nightclub attack, the
shootings in a Québec City mosque and now the Manchester bombing. Lives taken
too early. And such young ones in the recent incident in the UK. It just breaks
hearts that are trying to provide comfort. Trying to show there still is an
abundance of love in this world. We express it in different ways. Some are
participating in the benefit concert. Others are donating to charities. My way,
like many fellow quilters, is to use my creative passion to express my love for
those affected by creating quilted blocks that I’ve poured my heart and soul
collect blocks to be stitched into quilts for the families affected, I knew instantly
I would be participating.
blocks for easy piecing. You can find the free pattern and all the details on
either Lucy’s blog or the Facebook page Michelle has set up.
But what they will surely mean and represent to the recipients will last a
thinking about the fabrics I wanted to use in the blocks I created. I wanted to
showcase some of my favourites. I wanted them to have meaning.
still exists even in dark times. Love heals. Let’s not forget that.
Savage McFee for Camelot Fabrics.
with the flowers growing, represents renewal and hope. No matter how dreary
life can be, there will be renewal and rebirth. There is hope.
for me – there is love and hope even in our darkest days. Trust that.
for several reasons.
these families and in the world at large. With every stitch, I thought about
the fear everyone must have felt after the explosion. I thought about loved
ones hearing for the first time of their loss. And as I was thinking this, I
was also thinking about how I hope they realise they are not alone. People are
thinking of them, even if they may not be aware of that.
stitch. And hope that love comes through and is felt every time the recipient
sees or snuggles the quilt.
Purity in our love.
represent unity. They are not alone and are surrounded by love and compassion.
members who have volunteered to collect blocks in various parts of the world.
If you are located in Canada, my fellow Montreal Modern Quilt Guild member,
Amanda Elias of Atelier Fiber Arts,
is the representative for us. You can find her on Instagram and Facebook in case you have any questions. Otherwise, you can mail your completed blocks
The deadline for submission is now June 12, 2017.
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