Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Quilts For Peace

My son-in-law --- husband to my daughter, father to my grandsons --- is a police officer in Texas. So the ambush and killing of five Dallas police officers a few weeks ago hit very close to home for me (an additional seven police officers and two civilians were wounded). The hate and violence aimed at those who protect and serve us is so heartbreaking and scary. When the Dallas Modern Quilt Guild put out the call for help to make blocks for quilts for the families of the fallen officers, I felt it was one small way that I could show my compassion, support and heartfelt appreciation for their sacrifice and, hopefully, provide some comfort to those grieving.
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The Dallas MQG chose to use a 10" heart block pattern from Cluck Cluck Sew made in blues with a solid white background for these Quilts For Peace. Instead of making a few blocks to send, I decided to make a quilt for the cause.
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I used an assortment of blue fat quarters to make a total of 30 blocks and sashed them with a 2" white border.
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As I worked on this quilt last week, another police officer was killed in the line of duty. This time it was too close to home - it was in the city where my son-in-law serves as a police officer. The officer killed was his former training officer.
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I'm guilty of not sharing or showing my feelings most of the time, on this blog or in person. I've written this blog post in my head many times, but now that I'm sitting in front of the computer typing this, the words are not there. Maybe it's best to simple say what I included on the label for this quilt: "God bless those who take the oath to protect and serve us. Prayers for those who have made the ultimate sacrifice and for the families they leave behind."
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Quilt Stats:
  • Size: 62" x 72"
  • Pattern: Heart Block by Cluck Cluck Sew
  • Fabrics: Assorted blue fat quarters for hearts, Bleached  White Bella Solids for background, Kona Nautical for binding, Spot On #14868 by Robert Kaufman for backing.
  • Thread: Aurifil 2024 (white) for piecing, Signature Solid White 40 wt. for quilting
  • Quilting Design: Modern Curves by Anita Shackelford
  • Batting: Quilters Dream Poly
  • Completed: August 1, 2016
  • Made For: Dallas Modern Quilt Guild to be gifted to a family of one of the Dallas Police Officers killed or wounded on July 7, 2016.
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  1. It is all way too close to home, Sharla. Your words reach out to me in much the way that this quilt is going to reach out to those who receive it. As I saw Diana @Red Delicious Life say earlier today, the world would be a better place if everyone were a quilter.

  2. This is such a beautiful quilt for such a great cause. I love the colours you've used. It seems like a hard post to write and I think you've done a brilliant job.

  3. I'm really glad that you made this quilt Sharla. It's unbelievable all the violence that is going on in the world these days, and when it is so close to home it is even harder to bear. The quilt is beautiful.

  4. I love the way this turned out! I was just showing the image from Instagram to my husband yesterday. And its for such a great cause... bravo to you! It turned out beautiful.


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