This week at Spotlight I found some gorgeous fabric plus some co ordinating fat quarters
…some jewellery findings
and gorgeous tree decorations ….I know its only October but they are purple!
Am thinking half hexi quilt for the fat quarters….skirt with butterfly border for the fabric…leaving enough to border and bind the quilt of course…must get one’s priorities right!
Hope you are having a safe peaceful weekend….its freezing here in Sydney…well at 17 degrees celcius it is a change from the near 30 celcius we have had lately. A good temperature to start on quilts for the many affected by the disasters in our region this week.
This was brought home to me while I was in Spotlight on Thursday. A lady in her thirties was weeping silently as she spoke into her cellphone in a corner of the store. She had obviously tried for the quietest place in the shop…or maybe the place with the most compassionate shoppers…who knows …but as she huddled in the quilting nook she wept… her desperation at not being able to get through to any of her family in Samoa so palpable…it took my breath away.
I turned away to allow her some privacy and when I returned there a few moments later she was gone. We can donate money at present and donate our time to making quilts which can provisde a warm hug.
When words are never enough, or too much, a quilt is a wonderfully therapeutic thing to have. But I would ask everyone to consider what they make…I like to make beautiful quilts and I see no reason why disaster quilts should be any different…lets not swamp these colourful communities with drab quilts which we have salvaged together from our rejects or leftovers. It is not that hard to get a scrap quilt going in a colour scheme which will actually enrich people’s lives…not just keep them warm and alive…. by celebrating the power of colour and art to heal. And all those prayers and positive thoughts stitched into the quilts help too, even if it is only we ourselves who benefit at the time.
Cherri of Cherry House Quilts is hosting a fabulous giveaway of Amy Shimler fabrics for Robert Kaufman which would be wonderful for this purpose…can you imagine the joy a child in those colourful communities would get from that fabric…and the family of that child?
The giveaway finishes on October 7th, Cherri and my birthday. Good luck!
Oh and its a challenge giveaway…I love those!