This week I managed to finish up two very special quilts. If you are a member of the Modern Quilt Guild you may have heard of the Quilts for Pulse drive. After the tragic shooting in June at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida a member of the Orland Modern Quilt Guild, Alissa Lapinsky put out a call for rainbow heart blocks. She wanted to make quilts for families of the victims.
The call for help from Alissa gave me, and some of my friends, the opportunity to do something in a situation where you usually feel as if there is nothing you can do to help. So one weekend in June Lisa, Sara, Kristie and I got together and made a quilt…
I had a tonne of pre-cut 5 inch squares in hundreds of different colours – I am getting in the habit of cutting my scraps into usable sizes and had just cut a pile of my solid scraps into squares. So we sorted the squares into colour order and started playing. The end result looked like this…
We pieced this beautiful top, working together, in a day. It was so much fun to make this top with friends and it was so good to do something positive in the days following the tragedy. It then took me a little while to get it on the long arm at Modern Domestic.
This was the biggest quilt I had every long armed and I must admit I got a little crazy somewhere in the middle of it… my hearts got a little loopy but the overall effect is not too bad.
I went with a pieced black and white quilt back to counteract the bright loud front of the quilt…
The three sets of feet you can see under the quilt are our husbands. The boys helped hold the quilt while we photographed it…. and as one of those boys is over 6 foot it gives you an idea of how big the quilt finished up.
We finished the quilt off with a label from Story Patches, who kindly donated labels to many quilters making Pulse Quilts. I had not used one of these patches before but it was perfect for this quilt. If you have not seen Story Patches they allow you to download message about your quilt using photos, audio and/or video. There is a QR code on the label that can be scanned so the receiver of the quilt can see the story behind making the quilt. We downloaded a message and some photos of the day we spent making the quilt.
This quilt has now joined the hundreds of other quilts and blocks that have been sent to Orlando. I doubt that Alissa knew that she would get the amazing response she did. Thanks to efforts of the Orlando Modern Quilt Guild, the quilting community has flooded Orlando with love, support and quilts.
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What a great quilt. Simple, colorful and graphic, but it says so much.
Now that’s a great big loving hug of a quilt. What a perfect use for your scraps, your time, and your kind hearts.
It’s probably in the pile of boxes currently at my shop! I can’t wait to open it and holy cannoli I have followed your blog for forever and can’t believe I got a shout out 🙂 I also NEVER in a million years thought this would get this big! It’s absolutely incredible. Thank you so much!
Alissa thank you for giving us the opportunity to do something. It meant so much to my friends and I to be able to help. You will be getting two quilts from me – the big heart and there is another one I made by myself. You have done an amazing job. Thank you.
I finished quilting two Pulse quilts this week too! Only I had to do them on my domestic machine but they did get done and they should have arrived at Alissa’s today! SO happy to have taken part in this project. I agree; it’s good to have something we can do when we feel so helpless. You can see my Pulse quilts at http://quilterinmotion.net/quilted-and-ready/