Last month a woman in our community was severely injured in a tragic accident. She is wonderful person, active in public service and is also a quilter. I’ve known her casually for several years ever since she took a quilt design class from me. Our local quilt shop is making a quilt to send to her at the rehab clinic. Of course I wanted to make a block even though traditional quilt blocks are “not really my thing.” So I stopped by the quilt shop and picked up the blue fabric each block is to feature. I dug through my commercial prints and found some good choices to go with. Then I dug through my files and found the quilt block instructions from the “block of the month” quilt I was challenged to make a few years ago. (And yes, I actually finished a queen size bed quilt but that is another story.)
As I started I recalled the healing dolls I have made for people and the comfort the dolls brought them. I believe that putting my intentions as a tactile prayer into the dolls gives some kind of positive energy to them, an energy that is felt by the recipient. So as I cut and sewed and pressed and sewed I prayed for strength for Linda as she recovers and learns to live with the challenges her disability presents. And I know all over town other quilters are doing the same.
Its been years since I made a traditional quilt block and it may be years before I make another.