Throwback Thursday: In the News

I haven’t decided if I like the Facebook feature that shows posts from past years. When those original posts are made, you never know how life will change and if those memories will end up being painful. Today’s memory was serendipitous. Two years ago our guild was on the front page of our local newspaper covering the distribution of quilts to the Orlando Police Department first responders to the Pulse shooting.

 That time when our guild was recognized for delivering quilts to Pulse first responders

That time when our guild was recognized for delivering quilts to Pulse first responders

The Orange County History Center opened a special collection for the Pulse tragedy’s second anniversary. Large panels displaying photographs of all the quilts made for those affected were part of that exhibit. When the exhibit closed in October, the center gave the panels to our guild.

 One of eight panels that were hung in the Orlando History Museum.

One of eight panels that were hung in the Orlando History Museum.

At Wednesday’s guild meeting, those panels were raffled off to members who participated in the Quilts for Pulse drive, and I was one of the lucky winners. At first, I was disappointed that none of the quilts I made were pictured in the panel. As I kept looking, though, I recognized so many quilts that I witnessed being photographed, distributed to those affected by the shooting, and/or were temporarily stored in my guest bedroom. One of those quilts I specifically remember being delivered the night featured in the article.

 (Then) Police Chief John Mina selected that gorgeous quilt shown in the center with the black background.

(Then) Police Chief John Mina selected that gorgeous quilt shown in the center with the black background.

This particular panel is now hanging in the same guest bedroom that at one time stored hundreds of quilts waiting to be distributed. So many guild members (as well as quilters worldwide) participated in this quilt drive, and there are only eight panels. Hmmm, maybe this panel can be shared like a huge traveling quilt? I like that idea and will pass it on after I have enjoyed its company for a month or so.

 Eye candy

Eye candy

If you pieced a block, made a quilt, or contributed supplies, thank you again!! Quilters are amazing!

Happy stitching,

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