We all respond differently to the needs we see. Some people want to go and help on the ground with recovery efforts, or bringing aid. Some people pray believing for divine intervention. And yes, quilters want to send quilts. They want to send tangible expressions of compassion and care.
That is why I was so glad to see the formation of some online groups specifically for the purpose of being a rallying point to coordinate sending quilts to those in need. This totally chokes me up. I'm not ashamed of my tears. I want to help too. I can't go and help, but I can certainly make a quilt, or quilt blocks, or help spread the word. And I've heard countless stories like this the past two weeks and it warms my heart to know that this expression of love and compassion is reaching this devastated area. It says, "we care". "You're not alone".
I wanted to see if I could organize a group from my friends in Victoria to work on a group quilt to send. We got together last Saturday at my church to work on heart strings which is a popular quilt pattern that multiple people can work on and no experience is necessary. We had some sewing, some ironing, some cutting strips. Our goal was to send 2 quilts. Here's a picture of where we got to on Saturday:
We will be sending this quilt top to Sparrow Studioz in Edmonton. They have volunteered to quilt them on their long arm machines and then get them distributed. They are opening their studio for the next 4 Sundays. You can read about it on the facebook group page here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/QuiltsforCalgary/.
I'm so proud of my fellow quilting family. Way to spread the love!!! God bless you for your giving spirits. I know He loves it when His children love one another. This is just awesome.
Until next time,