Many of you know that I coordinated the "Hearts and Hands for Sendai" quilt project in the aftermath of the horrific devastation caused by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan two years ago. The resulting quilts were a culmination of an outpouring of love from around the world by fiber artists in many genre's.
Sadly, there has been another awful, awful event.....the mass shooting of innocent children, all ages 6 - 7 and 6 adults in Newtown, Connecticut. I am speechless.... I cannot begin to express, with words, my feelings of loss and sadness for these beautiful souls and their families. My "means" of coping with these emotions, is to create a memorial that will account for these lives in a lasting, tangible way. Hence, the Sandy Hook Memorial project has begun. A memorial quilt will be created of diamonds. Twenty six plain blocks will be added that have the victims names embroidered on them. This quilt will go to the Newtown government (the agency to be determined at a later date) to memorialize those lost. In conjunction, healing heart quilts will be made and sent to the families of the victims. These will have to be distributed by the police department or a similar agency to protect the privacy of the victims. At any rate, this post is a call to all who are interested, to participate. I am putting the guidelines in this post, but would be happy to send them to anyone interested, separately. I am not able to get the templates for the hearts and diamonds to come through here, so please feel free to contact me! email@example.com
Thank you in advance for your compassion and participation!! My experience with these charitable projects has always been overwhelming with the response received showing the compassion of fellow artists!!