The Power of Community

I’ve spent a lot of time over the last week thinking about community. Specifically, the quilting and blogging community. Sometimes this space feels so vast. So many blogs, so much Instagram, so many wonderful projects and books and blog hops going on at once. It can seem overwhelming. And then, there are times when you feel like you just know each person, even if you’ve never met in real life.

Part of the reason I’ve been thinking about community these last several days is because, as many of you know by now, last week we lost a special member of ours, Kathreen Ricketson. I keep thinking about the amazing journey Kathreen and her family were taking around Australia. Many of us were following her on Instagram. It’s just beyond heartbreaking. For those wishing to help Kathreen’s son and daughter, Whip Up has posted information on donating money to an education fund for them.

Something Kristin wrote last week really resonated with me. She was blogging about Kathreen and her partner Rob, and their two children, and said “The crafting community is compassionate, generous and action-oriented, so we always want to do something in times of tragedy.” I can’t stop thinking about that statement. We are an community of action.

first quilt top done!
Photo from Natalie of Greenleaf Goods

I know this to be true. Last month, after the bombing in Boston, charity drives of all sorts started happening. Quilts for Boston has gathered over 1100 blocks for their quilts, and blocks are still pouring in.

laying out blocks
Photo from Natalie of Greenleaf Goods

To Boston with Love, the flag bunting drive, received over 1600(!!!) flags – over a mile long!

To Boston with Love
Photo from Amy of During Quiet Time

Flags from all continents except Antarctica. They will be displayed this weekend (Memorial Day Weekend) at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

MFA To Boston with Love
Photo from Amy of During Quiet Time

The Oklahoma City Modern Quilt Guild (OKCMQG) is having a quilt drive and auction for victims of last weeks devastating tornado in Moore, OK.

In the age of the internet, our community is global. My husband says this means we see more bad things happen and we feel them personally. That’s true I guess. But we also respond globally and I’m very proud to be part of this presence.

I’ve spent the week thinking about an easy way people can find how to help when bad things happen. I receive a lot of emails asking me to mention various needs on my blog. I’ve decided to dedicate a page to listing these requests.

Community Giving

The page is up at the top and called “Community Giving“. I hope that helps make it a bit easier for you to be part of the good we can accomplish together. If you have a cause you’d like me to include on this new page, click on over to see the information I need from you to be included the list.

Comments

  1. 6

    Jen says

    Great idea. Your creative thinking and generous spirit transcend quilting. Thanks for being such a leader.

  2. 7

    Debra Phillips says

    I’m a 911 dispatcher in Tulsa Ok. There are two 911 dispatchers, 1 from Moore, 1 from OKC that lost their homes. I know OKCMQG is already working on it, but as one that is here in others’ time of need, I and my fellow 911 coworkers x the country appreciate everyone’s support in theirs.

  3. 10

    says

    We’ve been simply amazed at the outpouring of love. Before we even knew what we were going to do, we’d had dozens of messages from quilters and quilt guilds across the country asking what they could do. We love being a part of this amazing community! Thanks for sharing our message.

  4. 14

    Krista E says

    Does anyone else ever get Divine Messages that what you are doing is what you are supposed to be doing?
    I made 4 quilt blocks and only 1 flag and sent them off. I have a quilt block in the full quilt top above and my flag is on display in the pic of flags at the museum in this ONE post.
    God is telling me that the path I am on is the one He wants me on.
    I hope you all see your signs and stay on the path you have been led to. We are a blessing to people whom we will never meet. Those are TRUE blessings, indeed.
    <3

  5. 16

    says

    Fantastic idea, Faith. Thank you for being such a “giver”. I will spread the word about your page. So glad our paths crossed. Best to you, Sondra

  6. 18

    says

    What a wonderful idea! The vastness of our amazing community feels overwhelming to me sometimes as well. Thank you for devoting some space to organize projects that help us reach those in need.

  7. 22

    says

    This is lovely. Thanks, Faith. I was just writing my own post about Boston and OK projects, so I’ve included a link back to your page. Very cool.

  8. 26

    Sarah says

    Your husband is right, and so are you. We can respond in our global world. I think we could add responsible too. With our access to global information we can be more responsible for helping and understanding things that are happening all around the world.

  9. 27

    says

    Great blog post Faith and a wonderful idea. Being part of this community that does so much for those needs helps me to feel less powerless when watching things unfold on the news. The knowledge that our quilting community with bring comfort and warmth to those in need makes it all a bit more bearable.

This blog is a positive, uplifting space. Negative and disparaging comments will be deleted.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *