Very early on June 12, 49 people died and 52 more were injured in a dance club in Orlando at the hands of a crazy man.
Soon after, quilters all over the world started making blocks to send to the Orlando Modern Quilt guild. I made a few, and realized quickly that I wanted to make 49.
So I got to work.
They also go together very fast.
Then I wondered what 49 geese flying around a heart would look like, so I built this in Adobe Illustrator. I need to get the design finished and up for free on my Craftsy page if people should want to make one.
Rev. Paul Pradat at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Huntsville blessed it on Sunday, June 26, and many parishioners touched it and expressed their love for the Orlando community.
I washed and dried the quilt, took fence photos of it, and shipped it to Orlando on Wednesday, June 29.
While I cannot begin to understand the losses and injuries that were sustained that terrible night, with quilters around the world I hope that we can unite in our love for each other and all people with whom we share this world. The many colors and background fabrics in the quilt symbolize to me how diversity and acceptance and working together cohesively provide depth and richness to our lives that we wouldn’t get to experience if we all believed and lived exactly the same way.
I may not always agree with everyone I encounter, but I’m glad you’re here in this world.
As I say to my girls,
Be strong. Be brave. And above all, be kind. Always be kind.