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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

It's a Quilt... It's a Cape.... It's Super Boy !!



Hello everyone...  I hope you are all either enjoying or surviving the pre-Christmas frenzy.  I'm just not much of a partier, so I find all these events a bit of a bother - and would just as soon be at home sewing in my jammies... but I will survive the frivolities - another party at work tomorrow. 

Here are some photos from my Guild Holiday Party - we give away approximately 900 quilts each year in our Community Quilts initiative.  And every Christmas we invite the agencies who receive the quilts to join us in celebration...  Of course, being quilters, FIRST WE EAT !!!



 And then we parade around the quilts, pack them up, and send them away with the recipients.

 The best part, though, is the STORIES.  The recipients tell us STORIES of what the quilts mean...

This year we heard about a little boy, age 5... he came to the foster home from an abused situation.  He is way too quiet, doesn't laugh, doesn't play.   No five-year old should be abused... 

When this little boy got his quilt, he first took it to his bed.... then the next day, he tied it around his neck, and declared he was .... SUPERMAN !!!!

For months, he wore his cape every day - as a symbol of his strength - strength that allowed him to laugh... to play.... to trust again... 

Yep, we all teared up - and remembered that it's not about the physical warmth that our charity quilts provide - it's about the message they send.


So - Happy Quilting to All - and for those of us who make charity quilts - take a moment and reflect on how much those quilts mean to those who receive them... and then fire up your machine and finish up some UFO's and give them away !!!!

Fondly,

Kate





2 comments:

Nanci said...

A lovely story, so it goes to show what charity means. OOOOOOOOh, all those quilts on display...

Carol E. said...

Wow! Do you have a huge guild? 900 quilts is a LOT of quilts! Love the Superman story. Poor, dear boy.

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