Just so you know, I do not consider myself an accomplished “Quilter”.
For that reason, I’m really loving the Modern Quilt movement. I love this movement because it seems that “bending the rules” is allowed and even encouraged in order to push the envelope and to develop unique art.
So, several months ago, I was invited to help the residents of a children’s safe house design and sew a quilt for their upcoming fundraiser.
Gotta tell you, these kids have been through significant abuse, even being trafficked, so it was going to be a very special quilt.
I decided to ask each girl to draw me a picture of something she either: loves, likes about herself, or wants to do when she is grown up.
Then, I converted their drawings into quilt blocks. The girls each personally sewed a number of the blocks that compose the frame of the quilt and I assembled it all for them.
One young lady drew me a picture of her eye and she let me know she also loves flowers. I used applique and embroidery to add the eye as an accent in her pupil. She happily approved.
What can I say, this sweet girl is all about fashion!
Having gone through many difficulties, this young lady plans to attend law school and make a difference in the legal system. I used cut-work and reverse applique to create this block.
The young lady who designed this block has recently become a Christian and wants to put God first.
I’ve seen the girl who designed this block play a competitive game of basketball with staff and some of the other residents. She’s a very gifted and talented athlete. Her school of choice is Baylor and she hopes to play for them some day.
Live Safe, Live Well, Live Free
And here is the completed quilt that was purchased at the fundraiser but, I’m not sure how much money it raised…. when I asked, I was told it was a very generous sum and the funds were really going to help out at the safe house.
Thanks for reading!
Jenny Gabriel alter ego: StitchinJenny