I had the opportunity to work on this wonderful project. One of my quilter's daughter in law works with children that have suffered the loss of a loved one. This worthy program helps children deal with this tremendous loss.
During the program, the children work on different projects. One of the projects is to design a quilt square. The quilt squares are very meaningful works of art. We all know art is really good therapy --- I think that's one of the reasons I love quilting so much. While working on a quilt I think, dream, plan, plot and solve problems!!!
Although they want the quilt squares to be on display throughout the weeks or months of the program, the hope was that each child be able to take their quilt square with them at the end of the program. The quilt square is special to them and could be hung on a wall, framed, made into a pillow or be part of a quilt. Whatever they choose to do with their square, it is important for them to be able to keep their own square.
Kelly came up with this wonderful idea for a reusable quilt. This is the plain quilt. There is a rod-pocket on the back so the quilt can be hung on a wall. As you see, the quilt has twenty-four blank squares outlined by braided trim. The blue and green squares are alternated throughout the quilt.
When the members of the group create their quilt squares, they will be Velcroed to the green and blue squares. This is how they can be displayed during the program and easily removed so their creators can take them home. During the next session, the next group of participants will display their beautiful quilt squares on the quilt.
This reusable quilt is a remarkable project. I'm happy to be able to be a part of it.
(Edit: Brave-heart works with children who have lost any loved one, not just a parent.)