In its earliest days, quilting was an art form born of necessity. Today though, I would venture to say that there are very few quilters that make quilts from salvaged fabric, for the primary purpose of warmth. There is no doubt that quilting takes me on a never-ending journey of creativity that is rewarding and fulfilling. I find such joy in seeing my vision take shape right before my eyes. Though the primary purpose and methods of quilting have changed over time, one thing remains steadfast. Quilts can be a great expression of love, whether given in celebration, or to bring comfort to those who are hurting.
This quilt is going to friends of my cousin who lost everything in the recent Louisiana floods. The wife had a stroke a few years ago, and is wheelchair bound, and they had over five feet of water in their home. When my cousin told me their story, and asked for a quilt to bring them a smile, I put everything else on hold to get it done.
My cousin specifically wanted soft, soothing colors with a spa-like feel, but with small pops of sunshine yellow. She also mentioned that she loved my Sunny Skies quilt, which was made with my Purse Strings block tutorial.
This quilt will be finished before the day is out, and I am planning to ship it out tomorrow morning. I wish I could wrap a quilt around every single person I know that is experiencing loss and hurt in my hometown right now, but I know that's impossible. I just hope that this quilt can offer some measure of comfort for this particular family.