There is a special place in my heart for BQF, I google search stumbled onto it a year ago just as the spring festival was starting and it introduced me to the quilt blogosphere. And here we are again!
For those of you who are regular followers, you’ve seen this quilt before, but it’s my favorite recent finish and it has the best story, so I thought it was appropriate for the festival.
I made Trees for the Forest as a gift on behalf of my friend April. I met April through a writing class held at Raleigh Correctional Center for Women that brought together Divinity students, community members, and women serving prison sentences to explore spiritual autobiographies and write our own stories. I know it’s may sound like the trite thing that people say about things like this, but seriously, it was life altering. It was powerful and freeing to write my own story and to share in the stories of other wonderful women.
A lot of women in prison are crafty, crochet hooks and yarn are allowed and from what I can tell, lots of women make stuff. But, gifts that April was making her daughters were confiscated and destroyed. I was so sad when she told me that. I know angry it would make me if someone destroyed something that I had made with my hands. Not too mention how sad it would be to not be able to give birthday presents to your own daughters. So, with her oldest daughter’s birthday coming up, I offered to make a gift on her behalf. This story could get really non-quilty and this is a quilt blog and a quilt festival, so, if you are interested in hearing more a bit more about prison stuff, I invite you to read this essay I wrote about visiting prison.
The quilting is nothing to write home about, I’m still a total newbie to machine quilting and would have rather hand quilted it, but I needed to get it done pretty quickly to get it there in time for the birthday. Still, it’s my favorite quilt this year because it was such a joy to get to not only make a gift for someone, but it really for two people. And at the end of the day, the gift is always the best part of quilting.
Can’t wait to stroll through everyone’s festival entries! Make sure you get over to Amy’s and check out the AMAZING quilts!