The man who kept a quilt for 70 years. After World War Two, thousands of British families were sent packages of food from strangers in the US.
But nine-year-old Joseph Briddock and his family were given something unexpected. Seven decades later he is still keeping it safe. Joseph Briddock does not remember the box arriving but he remembers the moment it was opened. "Some things came out that we had never seen before," he says. The box had been sent from the US and was stuffed full of tins of corned beef, powdered egg, sugar and chocolate. "I remember getting out these little boxes of cornflakes and my mother opening them and the smell just hit you. Stamped on the side of the box was the word "Care". Thousands of people in the UK received Care packages. "I remember opening it up and just being absolutely overcome by it," he says. The quilt had been sent by the Methodist Ladies of New York. "It was a real quality thing to get," he explains.
Image copyright Care International The bombing of Sandhurst Road School Source: Care. Developmental Heart pattern072515.pdf. A Quilt for Mother's Tears honors fallen police officers across the United States. On Sept. 20, 2013, Sheri Bradway had to start a journey no one wants to take.
Her oldest son, Rod, a police officer in Indianapolis, was killed in the line of duty. In her sorrow, she found solace in the rhythmic whirring of her sewing machine and found healing through quilting. “You have to grieve on your own time frame,” she said. ”And it was during that time I made Rod’s quilt. That was where my tears went. That was how I could cope She also found meaning in a quote a friend shared: “Grief never ends, but it changes.
A year and half later, Rod’s quilt is complete but his mother is still coping with the price of her love for him. After going to National Police Week in Washington D.C. last year, Bradway, her husband, Tom, and son Chip got the idea to honor Rod and his brothers in blue by creating “A Quilt for Mother's Tears,” a nonprofit dedicated to making a 46-inch by 60-inch quilt for as many families of slain law enforcement officers as possible. Sadly, it’s a mission without an end. Quirky quilts. Welcome To QOVF. Share the warmth: quilting for charity. In August 2011, the women of the Georgia Quilt Council gathered to make Quilts of Valor for wounded soldiers.
By the end of three days, 52 quilt tops had been completed. Photo submitted by Ray Barreras as part of Martingale’s 2011 Share the Warmth campaign. Ask a hundred quilters to name what they like best about quilting, and chances are good the responses will be pretty similar: Fabric, color, fabric, design, and did I mention the fabric? But right up there with those essential reasons we quilt will be this: the camaraderie. From the early days of quilting bees through today’s numerous guilds, the community aspect—the friendship, sharing, teaching, helping—has been right at the heart of quilting. Quilters are a generous lot. But ask a group of quilters to share their creativity with a quilt charity, and stand back—you’ll be blown away by the response. There are many quilt charities—and different groups accept donations for different needs.
Quilts for Kids. Paying It Forward From Your Stash - Quilter's World Newsletter - August 15, 2014 - Vol. 11 No. 11. At a recent gathering of friends and family, a conversation about quilting led to another about charity quilts and some of the places in need of donations.
The more I thought about it, the more I wanted to do something to help. The discussion turned to a local hospital (in Indianapolis, Ind.) and the need for small quilts for the neonatal unit. The quilts that work best for that unit are 24 inches square. In my opinion, that is a perfect size for using scraps, fat quarters and stash. The idea had been planted, and I knew that I already had the supplies needed to bring it to fruition. With a plan of action and fabrics sorted into appropriate colors and themes, (remember, I'm not a scrappy quilter; I'm all about controlled placement) I was ready to start my next project.
The plan for round one of my neonatal baby quilts was to use four 10-inch standard block patterns and add a 2-inch border to make a nice balanced 24-inch-square quilt.