Quilter in Florida needs help after Irma

I recently found out that a quilter in Florida needs help after Irma. It was startling to me that people's lives are still turned upside down as the news in Illinois has stopped talking about this devastating hurricane. I have a very compassionate Facebook friend named Pam. She and I both went to the same high school more than a few years ago.

safe_imagePam messaged me about her friend, a quilter, who lost everything after Irma. This is a picture of Virginia West Robinson's home and the standing water which destroyed the contents. Among those contents were everything she used to quilt and sew.

I can't imagine having all of my sewing room just gone.30831260_1961286133945652_604493720_n-1 From expensive machines to pins, all washed away. Pam shared with me this comment Virginia made on Facebook.

30776443_1961772117230387_2938430_nPam and I decided that we would try to help out Virginia and her sewing dilemma.  Here is a picture of Virginia from about 4 years ago, in happier days. She is pictured with her partner, Jerry Baxter, childhood sweethearts reunited after separate lives for years.

Pam and I discussed logistics of how quilters could get supplies to her. We decided that a public spot, a quilt shop would be the ideal place to either drop off supplies or mail donations to Virginia. You know how compassionate quilt shops are, Pam found a terrific one near Virginia.

The Fabric Art Shop has graciously agreed to collect items for Virginia. My friend Pam will pick them up there and bring them to Virginia. You can check 21414769_1513811238677061_2002435083918473630_oout what a cool shop this is on their website or their Facebook page. Look at this shop, come on, it's purple.

Here is their address:

Fabric Art Shop

4136 West US Highway 90
Lake City, FL 32055

I am going to go look in my quilt studio and the first thing I am going to grab are the duplicates that I have. Yep, dirty little secret, I love some things so much that I have bought them twice and not on purpose.

I am going to send them to the Fabric Art Shop with a note to Virginia. It will make me happy to know that Virginia is getting cool things in the mail. And that she's smiling and sewing.

I am going to do that by May 10th as the shop is having a huge sale on that day and would like Pam to pick everything up by then. And the next time I go to Florida, I'm shopping there.

Whether there is a sale or not!

Sew happy!

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