Help Another Quilter Out if You Can

We all know how much devastion there has been throughout the lower States recently.  Wildfires galore, hurricane damage in many areas and others that are still struggling to rebuild from earlier storms.  Quilters are a generous and kind bunch in my experience, and many have stepped up.  Collections for string blocks and other patterns have been made, and those that could donated.  Yesterday, this plea came to my attention.  I could not think of a better time to share it than the day before Thanksgiving.  While you are thinking about all of your blessings, perhaps you can take a moment for Rachel and her family.

A Face of the Wildfires

Let me first share a link to the original article, on Melanie’Southern Charm QuiltsMelanie has complete details about exactly how to help.  I’d like to just share a small recap.  Here is a picture of Rachel, the new quilter, and her family.

Rachel - Wildfire family

Perhaps it really touched my heart because she is a new quilter.  Or maybe it was this picture that captured a happier time before the wildfires.  Possibly it is that sweet baby boy’s face in his daddy’s arm, along with a younger sibling safely in momma’s.  Is it possible that they remind me of my peeps, and our sweet boy who is about to have a little sister?  I don’t know exactly what it is, but I just want to spread the word for this family.  They need our help.

Make a Block, Change a Life

Rachel was making a Little Miss Sawtooth quilt.  I saw the star blocks laying on the floor, spotted the word sawtooth and just knew I was in.  This is my all time favorite block!  After finally finishing my own sawtooth quilt (Evening Star Finish – A Long Journey & OMG), I took this as a huge sign.  Make some sawtooth star block, Roseanne.  There are actually seven different blocks to choose from, to spark your interest or fancy.  Melanie asks that we contact her for the mailing address.  No one can leave that kind of information in a post any longer.

Rachels blocks

Help Only If You Can

This is not meant to pressure you in any way!  This is a busy time of year, and no one needs additional stress.  Sue and I wish you all the very best for this Thanksgiving.  We have so many blessings in our lives that we really do get weepy.  As we pray before our family feast, Sue and I will each be thinking and maybe humming a special song.  We watched Trisha Yearwood on the Food Network during a Thanksgiving meal show.  She was singing this song, and we would love to start the tradition of We Gather Together.  We know we will receive much resistance, so we’ll just do it between ourselves.  I’m going to find my old keyboard and teach Dominic how to play this simple song that just stays in your head.  You’re humming it now, aren’t you?!


Happy Happy Thanksgiving. ~smile~ Roseanne




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13 Responses

  1. Susan says:

    Great idea for this gal! I’ll be making up some quilts to help those affected by the fires

  2. farmquilter says:

    Borrowed your blog post title and posted it to my blog as well as Facebook, linking everyone back to Melanie. I certainly hope it helps! I’ll try to make a block, but I’m 3 weeks post-op on shoulder surgery. Thanks for sharing this with us! Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. Barbara Esposito, The Quilted B says:

    Certainly one of my favorite hymns and very appropriate for this time of year. Thanksgiving blessings to you both and to your family. I count you as one of my blessings this year!

  4. I’m planning to make two blocks over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Thanks for posting about this on your blog.

  5. chrisknits says:

    What a great way to give back. I should see if I have something I could throw together, Sawtooth Stars are so easy to make!

  6. Brenda @ Songbird Designs says:

    I will be humming all day! I saw that episode and thought it was awesome. I hope I can help in some way. There is so much devastation from those fires as well as the hurricanes and floods.

  7. Lisa says:

    Thank you for sharing this, and I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  8. This is a wonderful response, Roseanne.

    I’m wondering the practicality of this in terms of space to store/accomodate these lovely supplies that will no doubt come pouring in from quilters across the country…Boxes of hope showing love and concern but with no place to open them and work on the projects in the space of a mobile home already crammed with a family trying to live life in the aftermath of the wildfire tragedy.

    I love this, but still, I wonder…

    (sent similar comment to Melanie)

    • Roseanne says:

      Here is my response back to Laura, as she raises valid concerns: Hi Laura! Rachel only asked Melanie to help her with one quilt. That’s all. Melanie needs help making all the blocks – but I agree and predict she may be overwhelmed with helpfulness. then I suspect she’ll make more quilts for more of Rachel’s friends that are in similar situations. Melanie wasn’t impacted by the fire. Happy Happy Thanksgiving. ~smile~ Roseanne

  9. Yes, I’m humming. Heading over to Melanie’s post! Happy Thanksgiving!

  10. Melanie says:

    Thank you times infinity for sharing this story! I really appreciate that.

    • Roseanne says:

      Melanie – it’s really my pleasure. I hope you are overwhelmed in a good way to help Rachel and maybe even a few more of her friends. {{Hugs}}

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