I enjoy collecting antique quilts and making reproductions of them both big and small. I've made a few baskets and I'd like to make more. I dabble in knitting and would love to learn rug hooking, but it's hard to find time to do it all. I work in higher education and I love my job. However, I do spend a lot of time dreaming about quilts.
The pictures and stories coming out of Haiti are heartrending. Like many, I immediately wanted to know what I could do. But, after speaking with a Haitian friend, he urged me to remember that the Haitian people are going to need an enormous amount of help for a long, long time. Right now, countries and organizations the world over are pouring aid and experts (thank God!) into the country. My friend urges you to work through trusted organizations (list here) if you wish to contribute. The picture above is from an online gallery of an organization called Peace Quilts that collects and disseminates fabric and supplies to Haitian women so they can build themselves a life through creating and selling their art. Quilting will be the last thing on their minds for the foreseeable future. However, the time will come when the crisis subsides, but need still remains. Please remember the Haitian people in the months and years to come.