Thursday, 8 September 2016

Amazing people


#QuiltsforPulse
Quilts made out of 93 blocks donated to the Orlando Modern Quilt Guild – finished size 66x66

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen this picture.  You might have liked it or even commented on it.  For all the Likes and the Comments, thank you, thank you so much.  This is probably one of my most popular entries on Instagram.  As much as I enjoy the attention, it has also made me reflect on a few things.

First, I really wish I had not made this quilt, I really wish the #QuiltsforPulse had no meaning, I really wish that there was nobody to receive those quilts, I really wish that the event which has made quilters from all over the world sew hearts had NEVER NEVER happened, that none of us had spent this summer wild amazed by this tragedy, that we did not have to congratulate ourselves for the enormous flow of generosity, being overwhelmed by everyone’s response to this drive.

Secondly, if you follow our Guild blog or receive our Guild newsletter, you might have seen the stats associated to the #QuiltsforPulse drive, but I am not sure it can encompass the scale of the project. 
This morning was our monthly meeting and the normally empty tables at the back of the room overflowed with quilts.  I don’t think anyone can really grasp how much work our committee members have been putting into organising the smooth running of this project.

From receiving the quilts and blocks, opening the mail (and getting rid of the packaging),
From sorting the blocks and organising them into kits to be sewn,
From coordinating the distribution of blocks to be pieced together, tops to be quilted, backings to be assembled, finished quilts to be bound and labelled (I went to pick up some quilts at the back of a parking lot and felt like a dodgy dealer ;),
From taking pictures of every single quilt for further documentation,
From coordinating with the various organisations involved with the victims and their families, and other people affected,
From working with suppliers so we have enough batting, thread, fabric to work on the quilts,
From organising thank you messages to quilters,
From keeping us informed of the progress,
From keeping us motivated, moving things along…

There are some amazing people behind all of this, working, giving their time and energy to ensure that all the received donations are given back to those who have suffered.  I want to express my gratitude and respect to all of them: they’ve been working and are still working to make sure that this worldwide act of generosity is passed around.  This drive would NOT have been successful without them.

If you want to see more of the quilts, have further details, go an explore some of those links: https://www.pinterest.com/OrlandoMQG/quiltsforpulse/, http://theorlandomodernquiltguild.blogspot.com/, https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/quiltsforpulse/.  Or go here and register to the Guild’s newsletter and here for the past issues.

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