As I was preparing for the blog hop this week, my thoughts kept returning to Orlando and the awful tragedy that transpired there. As a quilter, my automatic response is to make a quilt. Why? Because quilts provide warmth and comfort. But more than that, a homemade quilt provides a permanent reminder that someone cares for you.
I recently learned of an effort by the Modern Quilt Guild in Orlando to provide quilts to the survivors, victim’s families, and first responders. The Guild is asking for rainbow heart blocks (the chosen theme) and finished quilts. They’ve provided a link to their Pinterest page that’s filled with ideas, and a link to this heart block tutorial by Cluck, Cluck, Sew.
The 10” finished heart blocks are needed by August 15th and finished quilts by September 15th. If you plan on making heart blocks or a quilt, there’s a pledge form you need to fill out so they can plan accordingly.
Having helped to coordinate such efforts before, I know that although the Guild is willing to accept heart blocks, what they really need is finished quilts so they don’t also have coordinate the process of sewing blocks together and quilting the completed top. So although I probably only have time to make heart blocks, I’m going to try to be ambitious and make a quilt.
If I make a quilt, it'll have to be fairly fast to make and easy to quilt since I quilt on my home machine. Not sure about the pattern yet, but I know I want to try to use some of the valentine’s fabrics I have leftover from my Valentine's table runner project.
I hope you will join me and do what you can to support this wonderful campaign and spread some quilty love.