The quilting community is a kind and generous one. In this instance, there is a quilter and fabric shop owner in the Netherlands—Merel van Looi—who recently suffered a spinal cord injury and has limited mobility. While she is in recovery, Hillary over at Entropy Always Wins is organizing this quilting effort to show support and encouragement. For all the details (and if you would like to contribute a block!) please visit Hillary's blog.
The project is called 'Fly Merel Fly', and the birds are from Kasja Wikman's book Scandinavian Stitches. This is a title that I purchased when it came out in 2010 and have read and reread while enjoying all the beautiful projects. It's unfortunate that it took an illness to encourage me to finally make these lovely birds, but I had a lovely morning choosing fabric, tracing birds and stitching positive and healing vibes into all the cute little feet!
My scrap bin was full of possibilities and I had to edit my selections. I am not sure what this fabric is—it was from a mini charm pack and I'd love to know what it is!
The lead bird has goofy head feathers and wonky feet. I used a small stitch length and stitched slowly.
To see more blocks that are being created, search #flymerelfly on Instagram. There some fun additions to the birds, such as hearts, a mini quilt, words of support, etc.
The back of my appliquéd project, with threads tied off and buried.
I wish Merel all the best, and am so grateful to be part of such a wonderful community.