Thursday, July 11, 2013

More Houses to Honor Carolyn

I wonder when I will stop thinking, "Oh, I need to tell Carolyn...."  Making quilts for The House Quilt Project is helping. I finished two more. Blue was Carolyn's favorite color so I had to make a blue quilt. I can tell my mood is lightening because the next quilt was colorful and fun. I don't want Carolyn's memory to be quilts that are filled with sadness. I cannot make anymore quilts until I find some more American flags (a requirement). So if you know of any sources, please let me know. My local quilt shop closed and JoAnn's did not have any fabric that had useable flags.                               
Carolyn would love the quilts and would have been touched that this was the way I choose to honor her memory.  She would have also told me that it was not necessary, but it seems more meaningful than writing a check. She meant a lot to me so well worth the time and effort even if she would not have thought so. Why do we value ourselves so little?  I hope the people who will eventually own them feel the love that went into making them.  They are on my mind too. Because my friend Marti is always reminding me that I need to share the size- each quilt is 12"w by 16" h. I encourage you to visit the project and make a quilt for a wounded veteran. How have you dealt with grief? Has creating something helped you heal?

Connecting again with Nina-Marie Sayre and her Off the Wall Friday.

6 comments:

  1. My participation in the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative was, initially, ALL about working through the depths of my grief (my mom). Slowly, my AAQI efforts shifted from my own grief to the more global grief for those affected by the illness - the community of caregivers, family members, and patients.

    Creating helps resolve our human need to DO something in the face of grief or sorrow or pain . . . and it DOES help us (and others) heal.

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    1. The world is a better place with you in it.

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  2. I just got home from the Sacred Threads exhibit. Your two pieces are well displayed. The exhibit is so moving and inspiring. Thanks for contributing your two pieces.

    There is an entire section on grief with boxes of Kleenex are around.

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  3. You chose a wonderful project to honor Carolyn.

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    1. Thanks! I am happy to hear that you agree!

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