I'm really enjoying taking part in Emily's Sew Thinky Thursday. This week's question is: What is the most meaningful thing you've ever made?
She had me thinking long and hard about this one. I tend to probably over attribute meaning to most of what I make, but in the end, I decided to pick this one.
This quilt was made by the Joy Circle of do.Good.Stitches in the summer of 2011 and was donated to a children's charity. This was my first month quilting for the group so I selected a simple block and asked the stitchers to use bright scrappy colors.
I later submitted this photo for the International Quilt Market exhibit on Friendship and my explanation for the quilt reflects why I think this is one of the most meaningful projects I've worked on to date:
Over the past few months, I have become friends with women who live all around the world as we come together in a virtual charity bee and make blankets to donate to foster children. Hopefully the quilts serve as a constant reminder that they have friends who are thinking of them. This photo is of one of these quilts and was taken on a beach in Kauai, where the term "Aloha" not only means hello and goodbye, but also love, affection, compassion, and charitable-- a few additional meanings that, for me, relate to friendship.
Being part of this circle has not only helped me to become bloggy friends with so many talented and generous women, but also reminded me about some of the things I value most-- generosity and kindness of spirit.
...and a trip back to Hawaii wouldn't hurt :)