I am just sick about what is happening in Ukraine. I have no idea why Putin is trying to recreate the old USSR, but the images on TV are heartbreaking. I am sad that so many are being affected by greed and power.
My husband is part of a hiking group and one of the ladies in the group is from Ukraine. Her mother is still there- and Mila heard through a friend last night that her mom is OK, but they haven’t had any contact. I can’t really do anything to help, but I can make quilts.
I call this an “emergency quilt”. It is a simple design that goes together in a hurry. I have the luxury of having my own longarm, so I can quilt it as soon as I get the top together. I have made lots of emergency quilts over the years. . . and they are some of my favorites to make.
My favorite hashtag is #loveineverystitch. When I am making an emergency quilt it has a purpose, so I am able to really concentrate on the person who will receive it and I try to put love and prayers in every stitch. This quilt has prayers for Mila, her mom, and all the women of Ukraine.
The design for this quilt was inspired by Amy Smart of Diary of a Quilter. I don’t know how I saw it, but this beautiful baby quilt she made for a friend’s baby after her friend passed away in childbirth captured my imagination with its simplicity and beauty. https://www.diaryofaquilter.com/ireland-quilt/
I dug into my scraps and designed a Ukrainian Flag Quilt based on a much larger scale. The pattern is free in case you would like to make one. GET THE PATTERN It is simple to cut and piece and you can quilt it however you want. I chose to use “Simple Sunflowers” from Anne Bright Designs because the sunflower is the national flower of Ukraine. I literally made this quilt in 24 hours from beginning to ready to gift.
As far as I am concerned, the best part of making a quilt (well. . . I do love the quilting!) is the gifting. I always fold the quilt into a manageable width and then roll it up, tucking the ends in. I tie it with a wide satin ribbon and add a quilt care card.
In case you are wondering, Quilt Care Cards are available in my Etsy Shop. They are available in several styles. I can even make custom packs for YOU!
Tonight we went over to Mila’s home and gave her the quilt. I made her promise to USE it because it is filled with love.
If you would like to make a quilt, the pattern is FREE. Just click on the button below.