...is my first for 2013, and hopefully the first of many for this year. In my quest to not throw my handmaking by the wayside while writing, my goal is to do at least four this year.
...is not for me, or for my family. It is a charity quilt, for a young girl who had cancer. The blocks were donated by some of the talented ladies of the Northern Virginia Modern Quilt Guild. Shapes were appliqued using thicker fabrics, such as chenille and denim, because A was losing her sight from the complications of cancer and I thought a tactile quilt would benefit her the most. It is a large quilt, almost twin-sized, and I pieced the front and back in random style. After stipling throughout, I hand-bound it with pieced binding, using the scraps of the fabrics I incorporated.
...sadly, didn't make it to A in time. She passed away. This quilt is going to her parents, who hopefully will know that a group of ladies prayed for their child in the small stitches they laid on fabric. That just like this quilt, we as a group knew that their child was unique, quirky, colorful, but magnificent all at the same time.
This quilt was the project I worked on as we greeted 2013. It inspired this post, the thoughts of this child the catalyst. There is no promise of tomorrow. Life, today, is about making a difference. Life, today, is a gift. This child (who I am not naming for privacy purposes), gave strength to hundreds of people. Her facebook page gleamed of her vitality even in her sickness. And even I, who didn't know her personally, sobbed as I sewed, celebrating the hope she gave the ones she left behind.
Now I ask all of you the same question I asked myself: Have you made this difference?