It’s difficult to talk about hope when referring to a tragedy. The world was shocked when events unfolded on the date that will live on for ages in infamy: September 11, 2001. It took some time to restore infrastructure, and as a result of these events, new rules and regulations were embedded in public policy all across the United States. For families and friends of those who were taken too early, rebuilding was, and still is, not so easy a feat.
When we talk about 9/11, we talk not only about loss, but we also talk about heroism and those who fought to save lives. Trying times often produce a united front and we see people banding together to rebuild. Strangers devoting their time and effort to provide hope and joy for others – what a sight to behold! What better way for a quilter to do this than to quilt for a cause? Cue Patriotic Quilts and Quilts of Valor.
Every quilt has a story to tell, but the story that accompanies Patriotic quilts is oftentimes one that resounds deep within the heart and soul. Patriotic quilts are not only a way to say, “thank you,” but they also say, “I spent a lot of time on this project because you deserve this and so much more,” and “I want you to feel warm and safe wherever you find yourself.” As Gerald Stanley Lee, past American Congregational clergyman, once said, “America is a tune. It must be sung together.” I think the quilting community holds stock in that sentiment.
Quilts can be keepsakes, tokens of appreciation and statements. They can be fun, fulfilling and meaningful, much like the quilt pictured above. Gifting a quilt is a big deal! Well done! I applaud your efforts. And with that, a resounding “THANK YOU” to those who have fought for our fellow men and women in tragedy, in war, and in service.