Can I sit down with you over a cup of tea or coffee and just like we're old friends, plainly ask you for help?
Here's my idea. My mom works with foster children. She's their "guardian" which means that she's objectively looking out for the best interest of children in foster care. She's doing what the parents of these children should be doing.
This job has rewarding days, and days that make you want to cry. She's seen great victories, when parents are rehabilitated and reunited with their children, when children are adopted by wonderful people. She's also seen horrible days when parental rights have been terminated, when children are left with no hope.
My mom is really very good at this job. A tender and open heart, but stern and stubborn. She doesn't give up on people.
She's been working with a set of sisters. It's been 5 or 6 years now. She's seen them go from sweet, loving, caring, hugging 7 and 8 year olds to closed and scared 12 and 13 year olds. She's still there. Their one constant over the many years and many houses they've lived in. She fights for them at school and receives their calls when they're crying.
When I was telling my mom about the different bees there are that benefit children by giving them quilts, I could see her eyes light up. I knew she was wishing for something like that for her set of sisters. Something that they could take with them that would give them comfort and remind them of her and all that she's poured into them.
This is where you come in. Would you be willing to send me a 12 inch block? With your help I could make two quilts for them by Christmas. I know that it would mean so much to these girls to have their own beautiful quilt that they could take with them wherever they go.
So if you're interested, their favorite colors are pink and purple. They are 12 and 13, so no little girlie things. I will need these no later than October 7th. We'll be doing a lot of traveling after that.
Please leave me a comment. Tell me if you'd like to join the Flickr group Quilting for Kids and I'll send you an invite. (Leave me your flickr name.) Also, tell me if you'd like to make one or two blocks. We'll be deciding which blocks to make together on Flickr.
I'm really very excited about doing this for these girls. I know it will mean so much to them. Thank you in advance for your help!
And I hope you enjoyed our cup of tea!
****Please see this link for directions on the blocks. We have decided on two patterns. Please check this link before you make any blocks!****