The Orlando Modern Quilt Guild is collecting quilts and blocks for the victims of the shooting at Pulse nightclub on June 12, and MQG members around the world are invited to participate. The goal is to gather enough quilts to help not only the victims who survived, but the families of victims who perished, as well as first responders, nurses, police officers, etc.
The Orlando MQG is asking for a minimum of 102 quilts — one for each survivor, and one for the families of each victim who perished. Any quilts that surpass that number will be given to first responders, and then distributed to the LGBT community in Orlando via organizations like The Center and Zebra Coalition.
Rainbow hearts are the design theme, and members are asked to submit either finished quilts (strongly encouraged) or 10-inch blocks with at least one heart. We have decided to submit a finished quilt from the Central Oregon Modern Quilt Guild. We are using the heart block tutorial from Cluck Cluck Sew, found here.
The plan is to try and collect 56, 10" finished heart blocks (10.5 inches unfinished) and make a quilt that is 70" x 80." The blocks need to have a white / very light grey background fabric and then the heart itself can be any rainbow / primary color. It can be solid or print! If we collect many more than 56 blocks I can either work them into the backing or make a second quilt depending on how many blocks we get!
Anyone can make a block! Or five! :)
Sara or a board member will be collecting blocks at meetings. We'd like all blocks turned in by the August 2nd meeting (which will be at Sonia's house), so that Sara, Lorraine, and Kayla will have time to get the top and back pieced, and the thing quilted and bound.
For more information, check out the Orlando MQG blog about it:
and the MQG blog post: https://themodernquiltguild.wordpress.com/2016/06/14/quiltsforpulse-charity-drive-with-the-orlando-mqg/
A few members have been busy making blocks already: