As usual, I’ve been super busy around these parts but I’ve made time this past weekend to fit in this special project. It’s called, “To Boston With Love”.
If you haven’t already heard about this project, it’s a really great creative effort being put together by the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild. They describe the project as “a collaborative effort of makers to bring peace and love from far and wide”. The idea is to get all sewers, quilters and crafters to come together and create flags that will help give light to those affected in Boston after the tragedies that happen a couple of weeks ago. These flags will be hung at a public exhibition in Boston in early June 2013. There is more information on the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild website that spell out other rules and guidelines for the project as well as a step-by-step flag-making tutorial. There’s a very strict deadline for the project also, so if you’re interested in contributing it’ll need to be soon.
One guideline they’ve created is a “recommended color palette” of the following colors that will help keep the look of the flags bright and uplifting. (Color palette image borrowed directly from VMQG website.)
Here’s the collection of fabrics I pulled from my scrap stash to represent the above color palette.
Choosing fabrics for this project was particularly special for me in a couple of ways. First, it was an opportunity to go through all my old scraps and use up some of my small leftover pieces from other projects that I’ve had sitting around for a while. Second, the choosing of fabrics from my scrap stash was representative a something greater. All of the scraps shown above have been put into a range of projects over the years. So much of my heart goes into the making each and every quilt that I create so it was important to me that each of these fabrics, all touched with love over the years, needed to be used in the creation of these flags. I’m sending my love to Boston in more than one way.
Another guideline of the project was to create the flags with themes of peace and love. So I took out my notebook and started sketching a few ideas…
First the idea of the peace sign was an obvious one for me. I decided to make it a “pieced peace sign” – the colors within the peace sign representing different people coming together to find peace.
Then I kept hearing the phrase “Boston Strong”. After doing some research it seems these two words have come to be something much greater than a simple phrase sports fans of the city use to support their teams. It’s a lifestyle the people of Boston seem to live by. I thought it was important to represent in a flag.
Lastly, I wanted to do a heart and within it an outline of the city of Boston, representing Boston being in our hearts.
I had one more idea for a flag that I hope to get done tonight. It will use a couple of techniques I’ve wanted to try for a while – both of which I found on Pinterest. I’m going to see if I can finish it up quickly and mail them all out early this week.
I can only hope my few little flags will help bring a little love, peace, and hope to the people of Boston.
If you are interested in joining the efforts of this project I encourage you to visit the VMQG website for more info.