There are many times I love being part of the Quilting Community. This week we are rallying together to create Quilts for victims of Domestic Violence. Quilters from all over are creating these Tic-Tac-Toe Blocks !!
In Australia alone (ABS statistics):
- 89 women were killed by their current or former partner between 2008-10. This equates to nearly one woman every week.
- 61% of women had children in their care when the violence occurred, including 48% who stated the children had seen and heard the violence.
- 58% of women have never contacted the police.
- This year alone 62 women have been killed by their partner or close relative in Australia alone – OMG – that is 2 a week !!
These statistics are horrifying, terrifying and send goosebumps down my spine !! The VIOLENCE must stop !!
Do I have the answers – No !!
But when I saw that @JackieGillies was rallying the Quilting Community to help – in a small way – but one that could make the difference in the partner or child feeling loved and recovering from their experiences, that those of us not a part of – could never fully understand or comprehend ! I was definitely in !!
The created Quilts could surround the victims with COMFORT and LOVE, so that they know there are people out there that DO CARE !
The response that @JackieGilles has had on Instagram has been really heartening <3 <3 <3.
If you want to join in: Here are some essential details – also published on Sew delicious .
Chosen Block – Tic Tac Toe Block by Blossom Heart Quilts. Ideal for sewists of all levels.
Colour palette – Bright centre cross with low volume background fabrics. Low volume – white or cream with a grey/black/white print. See blocks in this post or on the hashtag #quiltblockstohealviolence for examples.
How many? – As many as you are happy to make.
Who? – EVERYONE !! Violence is everywhere !!
I can’t make a block but can I help? – Yes, if you would like to donate backing fabric, quilt batting or a Spotlight gift card to purchase those items, that would be wonderful.
Where? – Please send donations to:
Quilt Blocks To Heal Violence, 7 Barton St, West Footscray, Victoria, Australia 3012.
Closing Date – Donations will be accepted until the end of October. That way Jackie and her team can have them pieced, quilted and bound ready to be gifted before Christmas.
This is such a worthwhile cause !!
Above are the blocks that I have created, and I’m sending them off today !! I can’t wait to see the finished Quilts, and the SMILES that they create !
Have a great weekend.