We flew to Spain Friday/Saturday to spend two weeks with Eric as he finishes his year of teaching in Mora. Our first morning waking up in Spain was to the news of mass casualties at an Orlando nightclub. Later we were to learn that 49 people were murdered. You've probably read all the news reports and know (more than I being out of the country) what I am talking about.
I don't know whether it's been a good or bad thing that I have not been exposed to constant news developments on the attack. I DO know how helpless I feel at the moment being so far away. I ALSO KNOW that quilters are once again coming together to show their love and support of others!
Our OrlandoMQG President and many, many others have worked tirelessly to formulate a plan to deliver quilts to the survivors, loved ones of the victims, and first responders. The goal is huge, but so is the love of quilters.
There isn't anything I can do at the moment (not even sew a block) other than help spread the word, share the links and thank those who are already sewing their hearts (pun intended) out!
So here are a few links with information on helping the #QuiltsForPulse project:
- The Modern Quilt Guild's #QuiltsforPulse Charity Drive with the OrlandoMQG post is a great place to start, providing overall information on theme, block size, and links to tutorials.
- This blog post on the OrlandoMQG provides details such as where to mail blocks and other FAQ.
- Cluck Cluck Sew's tutorial for 10 inch heart block.
- Paper pieced version of heart by Don't Call Me Betsy.
The blocks should be mailed by August 15 and quilts by September 15. Please add the #QuiltsforPulse to your photos on Instagram and if you want to smile, browse that hashtag and see how many people are already involved in making blocks and quilts as well as companies donating quilt supplies.
Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who is helping this project. Love does win!