Though Hurricane Sandy wreaked its havoc nearly three months ago, those most affected by the storm are still working to put their homes–and their lives–back together. The rest of the country has moved on, but relief efforts still continue in parts of New York and New Jersey, where the damage was most devastating.
Along with those who are laboring to clean up and rebuild damaged homes are the volunteers who have donated their time and talents to make beautiful handmade quilts for the hurricane victims. One such volunteer is quilter Kim Story. After winning Quilting Daily's fabric giveaway in November, Kim quickly labored to make a quilt with her collection of fat quarters from Dear Stella.
"What a fun collection of prints and stripes!" Kim said of the fabric. "I'm going to take a day or two to ponder, then dive in and get started. I'm thinking about what I can do with the stripes to really show them off."
Kim eventually decided to make the Double Slice Layer Cake pattern by Missouri Star Quilting Company, saving the fabrics with stripes and dots for sashing. After working up some possible quilt designs and asking the readers of her blog to vote, Kim created a quilt she named Sandy Britches. It was finished on Christmas Eve, just in time for Kim's 17-year-old daughter to take it with her to New Jersey the day after Christmas.
So Sandy Britches took an 18-hour road trip to New Jersey, where Kim's daughter and her church group spent their Christmas vacation gutting houses for Sandy victims. There Kim's homemade quilt was given to someone who needed it, which was exactly what she wanted. After all, she knows from personal experience what these people are going through.
"Our family was affected by the 2011 spring tornadoes, which tore across Alabama," Kim told me when she received the fabric. "We found a rental house while ours was being repaired. During those five months, we all learned a lot about needs and luxury, thankfulness, trusting God's promises, and having a sense of humor. I hope my daughter can share her journey with others who are facing this now."
Thanks to Kim and her daughter for their service to someone in need, and thanks to all of you who have made your own donations!
Sandy quit relief efforts are still in progress; it's not too late to join the cause and make the most of your time and talents. To see how you can help, visit eQuilter.com's Quilt Relief page. To see the extent of their efforts, check out the photos on their Flickr page. Here's a sneak peek: