We all respond to such tragedy in our own unique way. For some, that means furtively checking the news for the latest developments in the investigation. For others, avoiding the news, offering up a silent prayer, hugging our children close. Despite these many differences, we think it's safe to say that at some point in the past few weeks, we've all felt a small tinge of helplessness. That the thousand miles between Boston and the heart of the Midwest might prevent us from doing what we quilters naturally do: comforting others by lending a hand.
Thankfully, there is something we can do to help. The Boston and Vancouver Modern Quilt Guilds have each asked for our assistance in the recovery effort by contributing pennants or quilt blocks in support of those affected by this tragedy. The Boston guild is also collecting coordinating fabrics to use as sashing, binding and backing in assembling these quilts for the victims and their families.
Although the information has been available on Flickr and Facebook for the past several days, we wanted to make sure the call went out to all of our generous members in time for everyone to get involved and make a difference.
If you are interested in participating in either of these charitable projects, you can find all of the guidelines and inspiration you need by visiting the websites listed below. The due dates for the pennants and the quilt blocks to arrive in Boston are May 21st and 24th respectively, so Lynne (our VP) will be collecting pennants and quilt blocks at our May 11th meeting.
Although this is a relatively short turnaround time (and we're already busy working on our Room-by-Room swap), we hope you'll consider sharing a small piece of your time and talent to help comfort those affected by this terrible tragedy. Help us fill the world with beauty 'till there's room for nothing else.
To Boston with love, from the heart of the Midwest.
---The St. Louis Modern Quilt Guild
Flag Bunting as organized by the Vancouver MQG
Due Date: May 21st, 2013 (Mailing address in the USA if you wish to send separately)
Quilts for Boston organized by Boston MQG
Due Date: May 24th, 2013
**We will be collecting both the pennants and quilt blocks during our May 11th meeting; yet you can also mail them directly. Info can be found on the above links **
Thanks to Lynne for coordinating this effort and writing the above post.