Four days after Christmas a dear friend told me her 2-year-old nephew Sam had just been diagnosed with cancer. My heart went out to Sam and his family knowing the long, uncertain road ahead for all of them. I wanted to do something for Sam, so I sent him a little quilt. He’s facing extended time in the hospital for treatment, away from home and the rest of his family, in unfamiliar surroundings, and I thought a quilt might bring him a little comfort. I sent him Zoo Parade, the Big Block Baby quilt that I made for our March/April ’13 issue.
Each of us makes quilts for different reasons—to try a new technique, use a terrific fabric you just bought or work on reducing some of that stash, a gift for someone—you name it, the list is long. Each of my beds at home have quilts, all my kids and grandkids have quilts, there are quilts hanging on my walls, quilt racks and quilt ladders, but yet I still make more quilts. It’s an addiction, I know!
There are lots of time when I want to do something to help out a worthwhile cause, and the one thing I know to do is to give a quilt. I never know when a donation is needed, so I like to keep quilts and tops ready!
The pile is big and keeps growing, but for me this fills a couple needs. It fulfills my need to play with my fabric and make quilts, and it also brings me some comfort knowing that the quilts will go to a good cause.