These blocks were so hard for me to work on. I’m a native Virginian and though I went to another of Virginia’s fine universities, two of my aunts, two of my uncles, my first cousin and my sister are all Hokies. This attack felt pretty close to home and even still affects my sister.
In addition to being so personal for me, the Virginia Tech shooting had so many victims. Many of the other shootings had victim counts in the teens, but 32 people, most of whom were college students, died that day in Blacksburg (and another 17 were wounded). I really feel how great that loss is when I see the stack of blocks going through my sewing machine, name after name.