I got a phone call today from a friend who was wondering if my group could help out with quilts for those affected by the flooding in West Virginia. I had heard about flooding, but didn't know too much about it. She said a lady had come into the quilt shop where she works and will be in town for a couple weeks and asked if they could help her collect a few quilts to take back with her. She is from Rainelle, West Virginia which is one of the hardest hit areas and many in the town of 1500 have lost everything.
Since we are in the middle of making and collecting 100 quilts for the foster youth locally, I told her that if she gave us some time, we would be happy to help, but not until after August 27. She said she would be back in December, so that will be our next big goal.
I also have a former student who just got a job working with kids who have autism and I let her know I would be getting quilts for her to give to the kids.
If you like to make quilts, there is always a need, always.
If you are on Facebook, you have probably seen the picture of a woman's funeral with quilts draped over the backs of the pews and everyone makes comments about what a wonderful tribute to this woman and how great she was for making so many beautiful quilts. There must be 50 or more quilts in the picture. I just think how sad it is that these quilts were stored in her house and not being used by people. Nobody can use 50 quilts at one time. Of course, people will say this about me with my 500 t shirt collection!
If you have a God given talent and you hide it away, it isn't a great thing. If you have a beautiful singing voice and you only sing in the shower, it's a shame. If you can draw amazing pictures and your walls are covered with fantastic drawings that nobody else can see, what good have you done?
People may talk about you at your funeral and say what a wonderful artist or singer you were, but why not let people enjoy your talents when you are still alive? That's why you were given the talents in the first place! To share with others.