Quilts for Charity

It’s that time of the year again! Time for Quilts for Charity. Every year around the holidays our quilting guild members take time out of their busy schedules to create quilts for needy children.

The world is full of wonder and woe, of course, and it seems like lately it’s more woe and death and attacks and garbage more than anything else, though I’m sure people can find a way to relate on a more human, productive, and loving manner.

Meanwhile, all we, the wee little ladies of the Asheville Quilt Guild can do is turn our art towards promoting health, healing, and love.

Delivering quilts at a local elementary school

It may sound trivial, but a blanket of warmth for a needy child or a big quilt commemorating health can soothe the balm of awfulness many people are sadly subjected to in this vale of tears.

So, aside from these images of our most recent quilt delivery, here is a notice regarding the recent AIDS quilt making its presence felt in Asheville, where it will be on display from November 22 to December 1st (read notice here):

“An opening reception hosted by the Western North Carolina AIDS Project will be Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. It will include an induction ceremony for new quilt panels, local speakers, a memorial candle lighting ceremony and musical entertainment by the a capella group Pastyme.
Tuesday, LGBT Elder Advocates will be hosting a coffee and cookie reception from 3 to 6 p.m.”
I recommend anyone interested in quilts to take the time to visit this amazing artifact, already 30 years in the making, on how a simple quilt can make such a difference in so many peoples’ lives. The AIDS quilt, which I hope I have a chance to visit, is a testament to the power of a warm blanket and a caring hand.
It is interesting to see how quilts are usually considered synonyms of healing. I remember a quilt also began to take shape after the 9/11 attacks. In fact, a call for entries from all around the country went out via the Internet. Entries consisted on quilt blocks of a specific dimension that people would piece in honor of one of the fallen, whose names were posted on the website created for this purpose. I was very happy to be able to send in my contribution, which I sent to honor a gentleman whose name I had never heard before, but who somehow inspired me and touched me deeply.
My contribution in honor of Mr Thomas F. Wise

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