June 16th, 2016
With a feeling of helplessness, sadness and horror over what happened at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, I went straight to where I find my comfort and happiness and that is to my sewing room. I think every quilter can relate to that do-something-mentality of needing to make a quilt, to give love through cotton and thread, to hug someone with a quilt. The Modern Quilt Guild has a great blog post about #QuiltsforPulse Charity Drive with the Orlando Modern Quilt Guild. There are lots of great ideas and info on quilt blocks. For my own personal needs and desire, I wanted to create my own and I thought I’d share it. I made a pattern that could be used by guilds, clubs, or individuals. Individuals/groups making blocks or individuals/groups making entire quilts.
There are 49 heart blocks in the Love Quilt, one for each person who lost their life. One heart for each person who left behind a grieving spouse, partner, parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews, cousins, and friends. One very important heart of forty-nine very important hearts.
The Love Quilt can also be used to just show love, and maybe it wants to be made for other loving purposes. Please use this pattern for all kinds of love that need to be celebrated! I ask please that no profits from this free pattern be made. Unless of course a finished quilt is used for a charity auction/raffle to raise money for such organizations like Equality Florida/Support Victims of Pulse Shooting, your local LGBTQ center, It Gets Better - any charitable organize that promotes love, kindness, safety, help, shelter, equality and support would be awesome.
This Love Quilt pattern is very basic and for quilters who know how to make quilt tops. Not included are finishing measurement and instructions (sandwiching, batting, backing, quilting, and binding), and is intended for individuals as well as guilds, groups, and clubs. Please feel free to download the PDF version and share with your friends, or group, or you can give your friends or group the link of thehappyzombie.com/love and they can go download and/or print it themselves.