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Monday, August 8, 2016

#Quiltsforpeace

When the Pulse nightclub shootings happened, the Orlando MQG helped our hearts to heal by asking us to make hearts in rainbow colors for them, DMQG answered that call by committing to 5 complete quilts, and I am proud to say we are looking at a minimum of 9 completed by our guild (we have an amazing group). 

Then when tragedy struck in our own back yard on July 7th, it seemed the natural thing to make quilts for our city to help us heal.  Ann (President of FWMQG) called me that morning and asked if Ft. Worth MQG could help Dallas by assisting in a block/quilt drive.  Because we were all familiar with the http://cluckclucksew.com/2015/01/making-heart-blocks-in-multiple-sizes.html (thank you Allison for allowing us to use your pattern) it seemed an easy enough process to whip out blue with white background hearts.  I went to work making our first two blocks and spreading the word to our guilds through Instagram.  McKinney MQG then joined us and three guilds have been working together to rally our members to help us complete 20 quilts.  These quilts are to go to the following:  5 quilts to each of the Fallen’s Head of Household, 7 to the injured officers, 2 to the injured civilians, then 1 each to Chief Brown, Dart Chief Spiller, Mayor Rawlings, City Manager Gonzalez, Mark McCullers (SMU officer that drowned that same week), and Matt Pearce (Ft. Worth Police Officer shot 7 times last March).

Well….  that’s how it started, and then there was Baton Rouge.  Really?!?!  Another ambush so fast?  Our hearts started breaking again, and we decided to add 6 more quilts to our count.   Baton Rouge MQG was relieved to hear #quiltsforpeace would be sending them blue heart quilts for their fallen and injured officers.  They were already working on a plan to make quilts for Alton Sterling’s family.  I told them we would also like to send a quilt to Alton’s family. 

“When your heart hurts, you make a heart," is the message that  Ann passed along to me from one of  Fort Worth's board members, Jenn Haxton. #Quiltsforpeace is sincerely that, quilters that are coming together at a time when our hearts hurt.  Our message is one of Peace, Love, and Healing.  It has been amazing all the hearts, quilt tops, quilts, supplies, and donations that quilters from all over the world have sent to us to help us complete out mission we certainly could not have made it all happen with out the Instagram community. 

If you are keeping track we basically need 27 quilts minimum.  I am happy to say we are at over 40.  Today, we decided we would also give another quilt to every fallen officer’s parent.  We want to wrap them all in everyone’s love to help their healing process.  We are also looking into sending 2 quilts to the San Diego MQG for their fallen and injured officers. Our total just jumped to 34 quilts minimum. 

The question on everyone’s minds “can we still send blocks?”  The answer is, YES. We are committed to sending out blue heart quilts to fallen or injured officers anywhere.  We also would like to make green (for healing) heart quilts with low volume fabrics for civilians who are victims of hate crimes.  To do this, we will need the quilting community to help alert us when there is a need. We will keep #quiltsforpeace an ongoing project.

I hope I have helped answer all the questions you have, if I haven’t then its quite possible  we might still be trying to figure out the answers ourselves.  We hope to pass out the quilts in the next few weeks so keep following along with us and Fort Worth MQG on Instagram. 

When your heart hurts, please make #quiltsforpeace a heart, whether blue and white to heal our officers or green with low volume to heal our civilians.  We want to continue this mission of Peace, Love, and Healing through the comfort of quilts for as long as there is a need. 

~Lee Jenkins
President DMQG


Update 2/1/2017  

Huge success over 120 quilts given out!  DMQG is no longer accepting blocks as we have completed the mission we set out to do.  

FWMQG will keep up with #Quiltsforpeace on an as needed basis.  

Have you noticed other guilds are using the #quiltsforpeace to make blocks for fallen officers in their hometowns?  What a great way to pay it forward. 

Keep up the good work everyone!  :)

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