The lady who owns The Quiltmaker's Shoppe in downtown Arlington, Deb by name, has started a project to make quilts for the victims of the Oso mud slide. I was very happy to be a part of embroidering a square for an alphabet quilt.
This is the Gardener's Alphabet quilt. The pattern is one from Crabapple Hill and I actually have started to make this quilt for myself previously. (And in my usual fashion, I have not made much progress on my quilt!) When I saw that Deb needed some more help with embroidering the squares for this heirloom quilt for the Oso Heirloom Quilt Project, I was thrilled to help. I am not a quilter! I have a terrible time even cutting out a piece of fabric to the correct dimensions in simple little pillow projects.....cutting and patching and appliqué are not my talents.
But I can do simple embroidery and I can color with crayons. (Some parts of this quilt are shaded lightly with crayons. Now that is something I can do!)
I spent a week of evenings working on my square and I am happy with the finished block. I have turned it in to Deb for someone who can sew a straight line to add it to the Gardener's Alphabet quilt.
I feel, finally, in a very small, tiny way that I have done something concrete to help the victims of the horrific disaster at Oso. (Besides making contributions to several different assistance organizations.)
I hope that the finished quilt will bring some family a little tangible knowledge of how many of us ache for them, for their loss of family and friends and for the loss of all their physical possessions. I wish for them to know how very many people care about them and wish them well.
And Deb? You have a wonderful, giving spirit and a heart full of love. You are practical, sensible and a most wise lady. Thank you for letting me be a part of your project.