Tuesday, July 5, 2016

#QuiltsforPulse and July do.Good Stitches blocks

One thing I love about the quilting community is how people jump at the chance to use their talents to comfort those in need or to bring joy and a sense of togetherness to those reeling from tragedy. In the wake of the recent massacre at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, the Orlando MQG put out a call for heart quilt blocks and quilts, which they planned to donate to individuals injured in the shootings and the families of those who were killed. The response was so great that they began reaching out to other guilds, asking them to organize quilts locally and then pass them on to Orlando. The St. Louis MQG put out a call to its members, and I jumped on the chance to contribute a few.
I used Cluck Cluck Sew's tutorial to make 10" blocks, which will be combined with others' in the coming months. The tutorial was quick and easy, and they're such happy blocks to sew.
Then, Kelly, the leader of the Emerge circle for do.Good Stitches, reached out to our group, asking if we were interested in making a quilt as well. It soon turned into the July project, and it was a quick one to turn out. Kelly's planning to make this heart quilt from Modern Handcraft, so a few large HSTs were all that was needed.
To find out more about the Orlando MQG's efforts, you can follow them on Instagram and/or check out the #QuiltsforPulse hashtag.

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