Recovering from any disaster takes time, sometimes years. It can feel like the rest of the world has gone on with their lives (which, of course, they did), and that you have been forgotten. This project hopes to share with those still recovering from last year’s Hurricanes Florence & Michael that they have not been forgotten. Quilters are great with sharing in times like this.
I just want to share with you some facts. The current count is that over 4,500 homes were completely destroyed. An additional 700,000 homes sustained damage, mostly by flooding. Those figures are so very hard for me to imagine. Many of these families have had their livelihoods affected as well. Insurance does not replace everything, especially memories & heirlooms. It can be, and is overwhelming!
This project is being hosted by Carole on her Blog – From My Carolina Home and the goal is to provide each family/household that lost their home with a bed-size quilt. This is a tall order, and as the saying goes, “many hands make light work.” This can be done with the help of many, many people across the nation. Click on the link to her Blog and read the updated information.
If you have a top (flimsy), Carole is collecting names of Longarm Quilters who are willing to quilt/bind your donated tops. If you are a Longarm Quilter and would like to be part of this project, check her post for contact information. In either case, there are forms you can complete to share your information with her. There is still a great need for completed quilts, tops w/backing & longarm quilters to finish them.
So you live in North Carolina & have a quilt (or two or five) you would like to donate, there are now 5 drop off sites where completed quilts are being collected & volunteers will transport them to a distribution location. To facilitate the distribution and reach those that need them the most, Carole is partnering with the Catholic Charities Organization in Wilmington, NC, as the distribution point.
Monetary donations are also being collected to help offset the cost of batting, other supplies, etc. so even if you don’t quilt, you can be part of this outreach and sharing.
It is expected that this project will extend into Summer 2019, so you have time to participate. Are you part of a guild or a group of quilters, and would your group be willing to help fill this very large order? Scroll to the bottom of the post and Carole has shared a PDF file with instructions for the Perkiomen Block – a simple, scrappy block – which can be used to quickly make a top/quilt from your scraps.
Carole promises to keep us up-to-date on this project’s progress. Keep checking back either here or on her blog for how it is going.
Happy Stitching & Moving!