Quilt Tsunami

Quilters truly are some of the most generous people. On Wednesday, I joined around thirty other women to learn how to make the Emma’s Legacy quilt that I blogged about earlier this month. It wasn’t so hard, after all. Not with so many dear ones rushing to my rescue.

Among other things, I learned:

  • The correct method to square-up my half-triangle squares, using my lethally-sharp Gingher rotary cutter. Without slicing off a finger.
  • How to make perfect star-points. Well, almost perfect.
  • About the wonders of glow-tape, heretofore unknown in my world.
  • How to make an exact ¼ inch seam though my 1945 Singer Featherweight sewing machine was missing the proper presser foot. Whew.

The ladies’ expertise was freely shared, as well as laughter and friendship, encouragement, and a generosity of spirit that made me wish my weeks were bursting with workshops. Even lunch was a practice in generosity. Each woman at my table brought enough for five or six others, joyfully passing around the avocado, melon, tuna, Tillamook cheese, and yummy Girl Scout cookies special ordered from Iowa. Yum!

I hadn’t realized the recommendation to “Please bring a bag lunch” meant a grocery bag to share with everyone. But now I know. I’m already plotting treats to lug along next time.

Within this circle are some who meet on Mondays for Community Service, making comfort quilts to cover special folks with that cozy, quilted love. Last year alone, the women made and donated over 400 small and lap quilts to various organizations, including Head Start, Meals on Wheels, Children & Adult Protective Services, Alternatives to Violence, convalescent hospitals, and rest homes.

That shared quilter heart is everywhere. In our small community and far beyond, quilters rush to rescue those in Japan who have little or nothing left, sending soft, baby and lap quilts. A national movement called “Quilts for Japan”  is already coordinating a gargantuan effort to reach out to the Japanese people affected by the earthquake and tsunami. A true tidal wave of loving care.

I think I’ll dive in.

Interested? To learn more about the “Quilts for Japan” project, go to A Quilter’s Newsletter. Then, get quilting!

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2 responses to “Quilt Tsunami

  1. Judy Saunders

    Dear Cathy,
    Good for you. I’m glad you enjoyed your time with some quilting girls. You will always learn something new and as you do more work shops you will become more relaxed and really enjoy the experience. We will have to get together and have a sewing day soon. Happy quilting.
    Love,
    Judy

  2. Cathy Elliott

    I know you are right. Someday, it would be fun to attend a quilting retreat together, eh? Meanwhile, a sewing day sounds like fun! Thanks, Judy.
    Love, C.

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