Some of you may know that I wrote a song several years ago called “Healing Hearts”. It was my friend Jenny’s story: during her second encounter with breast cancer, reaching out to the Australia/New Zealand on-line group called Southern Cross Quilters, and the wonderful response when they heard her story. Many on-line quilting groups do similar endeavours: sending members 6 1/2″ appliqued heart blocks with messages of support and love (even if they do not know the person).
There has been a new call, and I know that many people have already expressed support for it. After the horrible mine explosion in New Zealand, they are collecting hearts for quilts for the families of the men who died. This is a tangible and wonderful way to make a difference. Recipients of the hearts always talk about how helpful the support is for them in their time of grieving.
For details on this project, and to follow the progress, the website is http://www.shirleygoodwin.blogspot.com/
Healing hearts are 6 1/2″ squares of cream calico with some sort of heart on it. You can write your name, country, or any words of support on the block. You can make more than one. You can even make a whole quilt and send it along. Then send it/them to:
51 Charles St
I’m going to make mine today.