Like many of you out there, I too am feeling out of sorts and blue because of the terrible news still emerging from the Gulf Coast. I've been feeling physically and emotionally weak; as if to commiserate, my body succumbed to the latest virus du jour and Brynne and I have annyoying head colds. I was away for the weekend and so am just catching up with all the news from blog land. I'm thrilled to hear about the Quilts for Katrina flickr group set up by Shanna. I will try to contribute if I'm not too late... I thought I would also point the quilters out there to these organizations that are accepting donations of quilts for Katrina victims:
Quilters Comfort America is a project set up by the folks who organize the International Quilt Festivals. They will match, dollar per dollar, financial contributions to The Red Cross up to $10,000. They are also requesting donations of quilts and clean bedding that will be distributed to the many refugees in Houston.
The American Quilter's Society is also accepting donations of quilts, and the have developed a special quilt label that you can download and print on fabric for your donated quilts.
In reading a few of these sites, I learned they would rather not have baby/crib sized quilts as these are not as needed or as versatile for setting up emergency bedding. Please consider at least a twin size quilt for your donation. It was also recommended that donated quilts not directly reference the hurricane because they don't necessarily need any more reminders of that horror. I have a lot of fabric sitting here that was either given to me, or came in a big bag of thrifted fabric and isn't my style. Rather than just donating the fabric back to the thrift stores, I'm thinking I'll get busy making some quilts. Since the need is urgent, I probably won't be doing anything fancy, but at least I can make something warm and homemade for a few of these displaced folks.
Although it's hard to feel celebratory, I can't let today go by without mentioning that today is our 7th wedding anniversary. It is truly amazing how finding one's life partner can really make you value life and love. The family that we have been building these 7 years (and will continue to build) is so special to me... I can't begin to imagine being forced to live this life without Jerry, and I am so thankful that we have each other and our beautiful little girl. We had a beautiful Labor Day weekend, filled with love, adventure and family. I'll post more about it when I'm feeling a bit better. In the meantime, here's more of the face I introduced last week... this is a self-portrait Jerry and I took this past weekend just before heading out to a nice dinner.