Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Quilts for Pulse

We all know about the horrible loss of life that occurred last month in Orlando, Florida, after a shooter entered the Pulse Night Club and killed 49 people and injured 53 others. What most don't know is that the quilting community has embraced the families of the victims. The Orlando Modern Quilt Guild has asked for all guilds to help them so that we can give a quilt to each family of the victim's killed and those injured.
I am a member of the Los Angeles Modern Quilt Guild. We are making two quilts. The first is made of rainbow hearts. The tutorial is by Megan of Crimson Tate. I agreed to make two blocks and to collect the blocks from other guild members and assemble the quilt.
Each block is supposed to be 14.5" unfinished. I was thrown a bit of a curve when the blocks started arriving in various sizes, ranging from 14"-15.5". After thinking on it for a few days I decided to add low volume strips to two sides of each block and then square them up to 16.5". The squares are now all the same size, but the seams don't line up. I think after it is quilted it will look great.
This quilt top will be heading to my guild mate, Julie. She has agreed to baste and quilt it. Another member will be finishing the binding. The goal is to get the quilts to the families by September 15.

Quilters are so generous and it warms my heart to be able to help give comfort, even in this small way.