Quilts are many things in life and sometimes they are a call to action. Such is the case with the recent Moms Demand Action Quilting Bee at St. Sabina Church in Chicago. I did not attend the bee but I received a lovely email from Wayne Rhodes asking me if I would write a post about the blocks created at this Bee.
Normally, I prefer to write about an event I have personally experienced and I usually don't do requests but this was too significant to not write about.
Wayne described to me how this quilting bee was part of the "Mother's Dream" quilt project. By creating a quilt with blocks made from the clothing of and in the honor of gun violence victims, they hope to show the impact of gun violence on families.
60 volunteers from across the state of Illinois came together to create these blocks. The blocks from Chicago will be combined with others around the country to makes quilts to remember those killed because of gun violence.
I hope with all my heart that this quilt project does stop the loss and sadness of gun violence. I do not want another family to experience this sadness and have to create another block.
I just want to give a huge hug to all the Moms and the volunteers who came out and participated in this quilting bee. Here are some of the photos which they shared from that day.
Quilts are powerful ways of expressing feelings and honoring loved ones. I wish that those loved ones weren't victims of gun violence, that would make me Sew happy.
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Recently I wrote about another quilt which honored those gone too soon. You can read it here.
Want more information about the groups behind these tributes? Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and Purpose Over Pain led the way on the creation of these blocks. (Pam Bosley and Annette Holt run Purpose over Pain which is comprised of members of St. Sabina Church in Chicago, led by Father Michael Pfleger.)