This week, I felt very strongly the need to finish the blocks I have been making to remember the victims of the shooting in Las Vegas. It wasn’t on my To Do List this week and I’ve let the blocks sit for weeks on end without picking them up so they could have sat another week. But, when I stilled myself and questioned “What should I work on?” “The Vegas blocks” was the answer. As I worked on them, I still thought, “Gee, I really should do some of the things on my list” and I heard the answering thought, “No, you’re so close. Keep going.” So I did. I kept going, finished putting together the rows, and posted the picture of the finished blocks on Instagram:
I received a comment on my post from someone who lost her friend that day that it was the anniversary of her death. I didn’t realize. I wasn’t paying attention to what day it was or the fact that the anniversary was coming up, I was just responding to that feeling that there was nothing more important for me to do than to finish those blocks. And though I didn’t realize the significance, it was important that I finish them so that I could convey to a grieving friend that her loved one was not forgotten on a day that she may have been feeling her pain more intensely. I didn’t question where I was being led. I just followed and now I know why.
I started a new quilt this week. I’m still reeling from this week’s news of yet another mass shooting, the most deadly of all, and I am not yet ready to start typing the names of victims to add them to the Victims Quilt. But, I still found myself sick over the shooting and I couldn’t get it out of my mind. I went to bed the other night drawing gun sight patterns. I originally thought that I would create a block that looked like gun sights to create a traditional quilt, in the style of the Double T block used by the Temperance movement. When I awoke in the morning, however, this is the quilt that I had in mind:
Summer is Here!Summer is here and I have started making my summer plans. My plans don’t really include champagne on the dock, though maybe they should. Instead, I am planning:
- Auction Hiatus – My eBay auctions haven’t been as successful as I had hoped so I’m putting that experiment on hold. I’m going to rethink how I’m selling my quilts and come up with something different to do in the fall.
- New Projects – I am wrapping up a commission and am soon going to be finished with my large Victims Quilt project so I’m turning to new things. But, it’s also summer and after a winter spent on some political works, I’m in the mood for something light. Stay tuned for more on that this week.
- New Focus – I’m doing some planning for a series of Creative Play workshops. More on that to come too.
I’ve been working steadily this week on my “Victims” quilt (which may explain why I am in such a mood of melancholy). I now have two rows completed to share. When it’s done, the quilt will be about as long as it is wide now.
Today is the fourth anniversary of the shooting at Sandy Hook elementary in Connecticut. I’m just full of good cheer, right? I hadn’t realized how devastatingly close the shooting was to Christmas and Hanukkah until the other day when I was double checking my list of names for the Victims quilt to make sure that I hadn’t missed anyone before I started quilting blocks. I had the very macabre thought that I was checking my list twice like Santa and that’s when I focused on the date of the Sandy Hook shooting. How heart-wrenching it must have been for those parents to throw out the half-used advent calendars, pull the stockings from the mantle, and return or donate the unopened presents stashed away in closets. So today, in the midst of my own Christmas prep, I stop for a moment to hold those families in the light.
185 blocks won’t fit on my design wall.
After a little hiatus from my project, I am back to work on my Victims Quilt, making what I hope will be the last blocks.
These blocks are the first four of the 49 I will make for the victims of the shooting at the nightclub in Orlando just a few months ago.