Naturally. When bad things happen, a quilty hug can make people feel better. As of today, over 1600 homes have been destroyed in Fort McMurray, Alberta, and the entire town is evacuated due to wildfires. Normally the town is pretty isolated–its entire purpose is to service the oil sands and refineries, but across Canada and around the world, people are reaching out offers of assistance.
It didn’t take long for me to find a call for quilts–facebook group Quilts for Fort McMurray is collecting completed quilts, including small ones for pets, and the Ottawa modern quilt guild (#ottmqg) has a call out for maple leaf blocks (#quiltsforfortmac).
Here are the 2 blocks I made this weekend, with two more cut out and ready, and I am going to pull out some bee blocks and do my darndest to make a twin quilt for the Alberta group. Throw quilts are nice, but I think that a child or teen, who may have to live with relatives or friends for months, would greatly appreciate a handmade quilt on his or her return to home after rebuilding.