With the rest of America, those of us in the Boulder Modern Quilt Guild were horrified by the attack at Pulse nightclub in Orlando in June. When the Orlando MQG sent out the word they were collecting rainbow heart quilts to express love and support for the victims and their families, we were compelled to start sewing.
Three completed quilts just went out to Orlando. They were all collaborative projects. We began by making heart blocks at an Open Sew day, following the Cluck Cluck Sew tutorial. It was a fairly random process that yielded hearts in two different sizes and a plethora of fabrics. But in the end they all found a home in three very different settings.
The first quilt is a crowded field of large hearts in colorful Kaffe Fassett fabrics.
The second is a collection of hearts in two sizes and mostly primary colors, each situated in its own square, set off by sashing in tiny black and white polka dots. The binding in larger dots pulls the whole design together.
The third uses a top I made based around a strip-pieced version of the #lovewinshearts block by Amy Gunson of Badskirt, which is normally used for paper piecing. It has a supporting cast of smaller hearts in rows on a background of variegated fabrics in cream and white. The colored fabrics are mostly from a bundle of First of Infinity panels by Lecien. I couldn’t resist their stylish text print, but didn’t know quite what to do with them. Turns out I was just waiting for this project. The design benefits from their vibrant colors and graphic punch. A friend from the guild made a back and quilted the piece in what at first glance looks like a shell design. Up close, though, you can see a small heart at the center of each swooping pass. They remind me of hearts and rainbows.
The Orlando MQG asked for 102 quilts—one for each survivor, and one for the families of each victim who perished. Ours join more than ten times that many now in Orlando’s hands. They will go out to first responders and LGBT community organizations in Orlando, and other places where we hope they will bring a message of love where it is needed.
Thanks, BMQG people, for chipping in.