Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Share the Love

The online quilting and sewing community is an amazing group.  I am constantly amazed by the creativity and beauty produced every single day by the artists who are sewing quilts, designing fabrics, running blogs.  I don't know what I would do without all of the social media inspiration out there to gawk at every day.

Well, this community is also quick to action and pulling together to support each other in times of darkness.  Like the rest of the country, I was shocked and saddened to watch the news unfolding following the Boston Marathon this year.  I wanted to do something, anything to send a virtual hug.  The Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild came up with the idea of collecting small flags from sewers everywhere to create a tangible, visible sign of support from the sewing community.  The result, "To Boston With Love" was a beautiful display of over 1,600 flags that were displayed this weekend at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. The flags came from nearly every state in the country and every continent (except Antarctica).

Above are some photos I snapped while working on my flag.  You can view photos of the flags displayed at the museum here.  (The results of the collaborative effort are breathtaking.)  You can also find links to see some of the news coverage from the event here.

Another community project was organized by the Boston Modern Quilt Guild.  This talented group of quilters is collecting quilt blocks to assemble completed quilts in the colors of the Boston Marathon to those in need.  The last time I checked, they had collected over 1,400 blocks!  I'm quite certain that will put them over their goal of 50 quilts.

Here is my quilt block sent off to the BMQG.  It's a little wonky improv star in the blue, yellow, gray and white colors requested.

Sadly, there is one more group now working together in time of need.  The Oklahoma City Modern Quilt Guild is collecting completed quilts to share with those affected by the recent tornado that swept through Moore.  The effort is called "Moore Love" and completed quilts are requested by June 30.  More details can be found here.

I have been working on putting together a happy, cheerful quilt to send to Moore.  My color inspiration came from a pretty floral by DS Quilts from Joann.  The quilt block was inspired by the always beautiful Little Bluebell blog and her "Skittles" quilt.  I have completed the quilting on this project and just need to add the binding.

If you would like to find out more about giving within the online quilting community, Faith at Fresh Lemons quilts has added a page to her blog.  

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