As I mentioned in a previous post my fair city had terrible flooding a couple of weeks ago. There has been some incredible stories of people coming together and helping those whose homes were damaged and in many instances, like many of the people of High River, destroyed and they lost everything.
I haven’t been able to go and help out in the communities because Ella hasn’t been allowed in the areas. Nate went and helped out and even though he came home muddy I was a little envious that he got to go.
What could I do from home, while keeping our feeding and sleeping schedule? Well I could sew during naps – may only be a few minutes here and there depending on the day, but it is something I could do.
So Ella and I drove down to Traditional Pastimes where they were putting together kits that people could piece together. Once the top was done I could return it to Traditional Pastimes and one of the volunteer long-armers would quilt it, then it would go to the volunteer binders.
Quilting for Calgary was started by a lady named Bev Rogan. I don’t know who she is, but what she has organized is amazing. She started a facebook page and quilters from all over are members of the page – and they are sending quilts – lots of them. I don’t know what the number is right now, but it is something else. Places, guilds, are sending 8-15 quilts, some individuals are sending 5. And they’ve come from all over Canada. Bev has even been working with shipping companies to try to get the quilts here for a reduced fee – or in some case no fee at all. There is even an arrangement with Air Angels to have them “escorted” here. I am amazed by all she has been able to do. I know she has also teamed with My Sewing Room and Sparrow Studios (in Edmonton), as well as Traditional Pastimes to coordinate and be drop off centres for quilts.
It took me a little bit of time, but I did manage to complete the quilt top I had been given. It took me a little longer than I had expected – some days I just couldn’t get any sewing time in.
It was a “snowball” block which was a little time consuming because I had to mark all the squares for the corners – there was only 112 of them, but when you have a crying baby, 112 seem like a million.
Now that the top is complete I am working on some Slab blocks for Cheryl’s “Just one Slab”. More on that in the next post.