Thursday, November 16, 2006

Community Quilting: I am a Community Quilter

I am a community quilter. I belong to a wonderful little community of quilters who began quilting together a little over a year ago when the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina left hundreds of thousands of people along the Gulf Coast homeless.

200 members of the Salem Community gathered to create 200 quilts in two days. It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life.

The energy in the Salem Convention Center was enormous as caring and compassion became the common denominator for creation. We had massive amounts of donated fabric and batting of all kinds and it was absolute heaven to work with women with similar minds, hearts and interests. A smaller group of us went on to quilt together on an on-going basis every Monday from 9:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. We created 100 quilts last year and we sent them lovingly on to survivors of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, to families in Habitat for Humanity, to Interfaith Ministries, to the Union Gospel Mission and to a wounded soldier program similar to "Quilts of Valor" and others.

Along the way, we have bonded, made wonderful and lasting new friends, had an enormous amount of fun and learned to quilt. We are a scrappy and a very maverick bunch of quilters...terms I have learned to describe quilters from my on-line blogging!

Blogging has just intensified my interest in and love of the cloth and all one can create from it. So using words and photos to create a 'quilt' of words is just a new form of self-expression and creativity.