Today's post is in celebration of some key members of the Covered in Love team, hospital chaplains Perry and Robert. While I normally focus on the quilt-making side of the charity (for obvious reasons) Perry and Robert have the emotionally fraught job of actually matching those quilts to families and delivering them.
The chaplains' patience, tact, empathy, and self possession never ceases to impress me. When one of my co-workers died suddenly in a car wreck recently Robert brought this Granny's Square by Debbie out of our stash along with some sharpies. The light colored backing made a perfect way for staff to write messages, a tangible way to grieve. The quilt was later given to her mother.
I've had this wall hanging in progress for a while now, destined for Chaplain Robert's office. It was part of the great cat-pee-drawer-incident so it finally got finished. I like how to fabrics are mostly floral, contrasting with the image of the cross which is traditionally somewhere somber and gory. I'm told it's a great conversation starter for Covered in Love ;)
I lost quite a few friends toward the end of 2018. Obviously I deal with the realities of life and death all the time. And while I think that might help me some, losing friends, and young ones at that, is always a shock. First a young lady I knew years ago during the time I was sailing. She was only 21.
|Me on the right, Josie on the left|
Then my co-worker, whose birthday is almost the same as mine. A friend from my theater days I mentioned a couple months back, whose family received a quilt. And right before Christmas an ex-boyfriend, and current friend, who had gotten two quilts from me before (here and here).
|Nate, on the beach in Arcata|
I hope your New Year has gotten off to a good start. Here's to the New Year and to a less eventful 2019.
Covered in Love is a 501(c)(3) charity that donates quilts to patients dying in the hospital, over 400 so far! The Jan/Feb drive is going on now. Check out the main post HERE if you want to get involved.
Linking to Confessions of a Fabric Addict and Finished or Not Friday