Sunday, December 25, 2016

Quilts for Pulse

On June 12, 2016, a very disturbed 29-year-old security guard (I chose to not use his name) killed 49 people and wounded 53 others inside Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

Almost immediately, the Orlando Modern Quilt Guild announced their plans to collect and complete quilts for those impacted by the Pulse nightclub shootings in Orlando on June 12th. Depending on how many are donated and how many the guild completes, the goal is would be to give a quilt to each injured survivor, a significant person in the life of each of those who were killed, to Pulse employees, 1st responders, hospital personnel, and others who were personally hurt by the horrifying event. It was their hope that they would have enough quilts for everyone impacted who would like one.

The quilting community came together to create beautiful quilts for the families and victims of the shooting.

A loosely knit small group in my area chose to participate with Limbania Osredker heading up our efforts.  Blocks were created and put together in two quilts with one top being pieced and assembled by one single person:

My participation in this project was to quilt the tops. 

The Orlando Modern Quilt Guild announced the following at the end of the quilt collection period:
"The outpouring of love and support we have received is nothing short of incredible and we are overwhelmed with it. There aren't words to describe how we felt knowing that this sort of atrocity happened in our backyard and now, no words to describe how supported and loved we feel with the help of all of you. Let me start by saying a simple Thank You. When I try and look for words that are better than that, I cant even come up with any because none would suffice." 

Limbania recently received the following note from the Orlando Modern Quilt Guild:

I was proud to be a part of this project.

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