Children need to feel secure. When there are natural disasters or other traumatic events that occur in a child's life, it helps him to have an anchor to hold on to. This blog is an effort to collect new, handmade, child-sized and baby-sized charity quilts to distribute to displaced or traumatized children of Tuscaloosa County and Jefferson County, Alabama.

Monday, May 2, 2011

A Chorus of Chainsaws

A steady chorus of chainsaws have filled the air since the tornadoes have passed. These are the sounds of life. People shaping their own fate. People making their own way back to "normal." Neighbors helping neighbors. It is so comforting to know that there is still life and still hope.

Last night, my own sewing machine joined in the harmony. I bought the materials for two baby quilts and have cut and began sewing the first one. I keep thinking, if only I had a bigger stash... If only I were a more experienced quilter... If only I could sew faster... If only I could do more...

I have to stop, catch my breath and remember that all I can do is what I can do. This problem is too big for any one person to handle alone. Like most people affected on the periphery, I work, have family duties and other responsibilities.

I can do only what I can do. I am doing it with a grateful heart and prayerful lips. Neighbors helping neighbors, even if they are miles away. I think that is what really matters. We are all neighbors today.


  1. I can send you some extra fabric with the quilts I send- if you would like to sew them up for quilts. I have a large stash.
    I have a few UFO's that are adult size- I will throw them on the longarm and quilt them up and you can find a worthy person for them.
    Thanks again for doing this.

  2. Please send the adult ones as well. I was thinking that there may be some older kids or teens that are siblings of our target group. They are still kids (even though they would never admit it!). We can give the adult ones to them. Fabric would be great as well.