Time to organize your craft area? How about a reason to finish that sewing project you started and never finished?
I first learned about Firehouse Quilts while visiting the Denver Firefighter’s Museum downtown. This non-profit organization does wonderful things for women and children, and they offer several volunteer opportunities including tasks for those who don’t sew. Check their website for specific volunteer/donation information: http://www.firehousequilts.org/.
Firehouse Quilts volunteers make snuggle quilts and donate them to Colorado fire departments, local ambulance services, low-income hospitals, victim advocate offices & full sized quilts to Women’s Crisis Center in Douglas County to be given to children & their mothers in time of crisis.
I started working on this quilt several years ago when I was first learning (and I haven’t improved much since then). It went unfinished until recently – partly due to the arrival of our second child – but also because I wasn’t sure what to do with the wild piece of art it had become. The fabric I chose included odds and ends I had on hand, which made for a funky look. It didn’t match any room in our home, so I figured I’d move on to another project and finish that one later. When I saw that Firehouse Quilters use fun, kid-friendly fabrics in an array of designs and colors, I knew what I was going to do with it. So, I made the finishing touches and completed my masterpiece.
The best part of all this was not finding a good home for a crazy quilt, but seeing that my children understood that our quilt would go to help someone else in their time of need. I think they were able to relate well with the feeling of wanting a cozy blankie to cuddle when dealing with a frightening situation. I hope this experience will help grow their compassion toward others and empower them to make a difference.