This quilt was not on my to-do list. I didn't really have "time" to make it. But it's important.
There seems to be a lot (or maybe a "LOT") of chatter on social media about love lately. And the political scene is adding a whole host of other chatter too. In the midst of all of this, I keep hearing the slogan, "Let's make America great again." Please remove any political affiliation this slogan has, and just think about the premise of the slogan. I'm sure we can all agree there's some truth to it. Didn't America used to be great? What has happened? What made it great before? What does a great America look like? How will it become great again?
Have you ever moved to a new state? Or a new city? Or quit your job to start a new one? When asked what you miss most about where you used to live/work, what do you say?
For me, I miss the people the most. Friends or family, they were what I loved the most about a place.
If I think America needs to be better, then the people need to be better. And "the people" can't refer to an unspecific group of Americans. "The people" is me. If I want a better America, then I have to be better.
If I have an opinion that I want to post on social media, then I better figure out a way to back that up with an action. Voting for someone that holds the same values as me is not enough. Pro-life? Why not knit, crochet, or quilt a baby blanket for a local organization that helps new moms? Believe in animal adoption? Why not put your fabric scraps in a pillowcase and make dog/cat beds for your local shelter? Want to show someone some love? Make them a quilt.
America can be great again. It will take all of us doing little things, one person at a time.
Actions speak louder than words.
So when I saw a "friend" post that the Dallas Modern Quilt Guild was going to be giving heart quilts to the families of the police officers killed last week (and officers injured and first responders), I knew I had to help!
On Friday, the Dallas MQG announced they were collecting blue heart quilt blocks and quilts. I knew I had navy and white fabric left over from making my Laying Tracks quilt, so I started cutting. I had just enough fabric for 15 hearts plus binding. I also had enough fabric left from the backing of that quilt to use as backing for this one!
I used the tutorial here for 10" finished heart blocks. I alternated the navy hearts with plain white squares. Before I knew it, I had the quilt top all pieced. The quilt measures 50" x 60" - a great throw quilt.
I used a polyester batting and quilted it using my walking foot on my Bernina Record 930 with vertical straight lines about 1 2/3" apart (seems like a random measurement, but it was so there were two lines between each vertical seam - and those were 5" apart).
I stitched the binding on by machine, put a label on the back, and boxed it up. The quilt was finished on Sunday, and it went in today's (Monday) mail to Dallas. Three days from start to finish!
I prayed for the recipient every time I sat down to sew. I don't know who that person will be, but I pray it will provide some comfort.
My 27th quilt finish for the year. This one is for Dallas.
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27