22 June, 2015

Just One Slab - 2 Years Later



It is the anniversary of the big Alberta Flood. Two years ago the rains came and washed the water from the mountains and it all came downstream, both thundering and seeping. It cleared away and stole people's histories and homes. Quilters around the world rallied and delivered quilts and blocks to provide some comfort to those flooded.

The Just One Slab campaign was launched to allow people to contribute a single block, or more, to relieve efforts. I worked with local volunteers to get the 2300!!! slabs into quilts. Donations came in for batting, backing, and binding. People helped organize and finish quilts. It was incredible. I thought I would get maybe 200 blocks, but I did not expect this response!

The first round of finished quilts went with the Quilts for Calgary door to door donation. Quite a few went out directly from quilters who finished the quilts to neighbours and friends directly affected. More were donated through Quilts for High River. For a few months last fall I sat with over 30 quilts in my dry basement waiting. They were destined for a seniors home in High River, but we were waiting for the facility to reopen. When it did I hand delivered those quilts. Now I have a handful left to deliver, likely, to some long term care residents who never received a quilt and spent much time in distress two years ago. There are also some blocks left and those are going to be sent down to Flood Texas With Love.

On this anniversary I realized I never did share the last round of photos from that donation in the fall. My plan was always to photograph each and every quilt. Some got away from me as quilters finished and donated on their own, so if you missed your block, rest assured that it got used.


































14 comments:

Teatime Creations said...

WOW is all I can say. I know there are many snuggling in the shared love. Thanks for coordinating this. :)

The Cozy Quilter said...

Wonderful colours! Wonderful quilts! Great job everyone! Thanks Cheryl !

Suzanne said...

Wow!! Looking at all those blocks is proof positive that the slab method provides an incredible foundation for gorgeous quilts.

Brenda said...

Thanks for the update. I was wondering how it all ended. Congratulations on carrying out such a huge project.

procrasticraft.com said...

This project is such a credit to your community minded spirit. I know you didn't make all of them yourself but man, you pulled off something HUGE here - an inspiring, generous and lasting gift to your community.

Mary Marcotte said...

Wow! Quilters are just amazing. Thank you for your efforts and your time, Cheryl. How you managed we can only guess but know your work was heroic and you've made the world a better place.

Judy Tucker said...

Amazing to see all these quilts! Bravo everyone who had a part in this project!

Karen said...

Cheryl, a sincere thank you to all of you who made these beautiful quilts that provided so much comfort and warmth. Looking at them just makes my heart sing at the goodness that there is in this world!

Charlotta said...

What an amazing bunch of beautiful quilts!

Arita said...

Thanks for the update. All of the quilts were so unique and beautiful. You all did great work.

audrey said...

Really incredible! Thanks for sharing.:)

Anonymous said...

It's great that you got so many slabs, and were able to spend the time to co-ordinate the quilts. They look lovely. You do have a great 'eye'.

Cathy Winter said...
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Cathy Winter said...

Thank you Cheryl for sharing this great idea with Sara in Texas. I have blogged about it and included links back to you. So much loss and also so slow to heal. I do pray that our flood-of-quilts will cover many with love and strength.

truly, Cathy M Winter (ig: cre8tivecat)



http://cmwinter.blogspot.com/2015/06/flood-texas-with-love.html