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“All you need is love” (a story about the good guys)

April 26, 2013

John Lennon wrote many brilliant lyrics, but in my opinion, this simple line is the most profound. It’s so obvious, and yet we often need a reminder. When the news of the Boston bombings broke I, like many, was shocked and saddened. Such a happy and historic event marred by a couple of extremists. How could a person be so incredibly cruel to his fellow human beings?  As I watched the news, I saw the photo of little Martin Richard holding the poster that he’d made that read: “NO MORE HURTING PEOPLE” It gave me that feeling of burning hurt in my stomach. 8 year olds should be climbing trees, riding their bikes in the park and standing on the beach watching the waves wash over their wriggly toes. They should NOT have to worry about being grabbed by weirdos, shot with assault rifles in their schools, or Heaven forbid, being bombed! The fact that this dear, sweet boy was concerned about these things, and then  hurt in the worst possible way,  just gutted me.

That night I had a dream: I dreamed about a park with trees filled with bright bunting flags flapping in the sunshine. The flags had hearts, and messages of love and hope. People were sitting on benches and on the grass below the flags, looking peaceful and happy, comforted by the energy of the love flying above them. It was a beautiful dream. I was inspired. I had an idea! In the morning I texted my friend Krista: “Do you know anyone in Boston?”

Peace & Love flags made by Krista Hennebury and myself.

Peace & Love flags made by Krista Hennebury and myself.

That was the beginning of what has, in less than a week, become something incredible: Krista connected me with Amy Friend, who despite having a crazy work deadline, and barely knowing me aside from a bit of online banter, amazingly agreed to be my Boston cohort (no small task!). Then my trusty friends at the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild joined the posse. We got Boston MQG on board, and now over 30 modern quilt guilds are participating, as well as a number of individuals, from all over the world. This project is shaping up to be quite something. And I think Boston will be truly touched by it. The quilting and craft community is really  special. Living proof that for every bad guy (or two) out there, there are thousands of good guys. And they have a lot of love to give!

Here’s what we’re up to:flags for boston

If you’d like to participate you can, you will just need to get going as the deadline is tight. PLEASE NOTE: There is a revised deadline for this project. They are now needed in Boston by May 21, 2013. More info can be found on Amy’s blog here.

Here is the project info plus a tutorial on how to make your flag. Here are a couple of free downloadable patterns I designed for the project, as well as a list of other tutorials and some inspiration.

Lastly, I’d just like to say thanks to everyone who has embraced this project so far. I truly value the quilting community out there, and especially the lovely peeps in my home guild, the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild. Thanks for being so supportive and well, just awesome.

Rest in peace little Martin. You’ve inspired so many out there to be better people.

13 Comments leave one →
  1. stella permalink
    April 26, 2013 2:58 pm

    Wow, wow, wow, Berene! I see those dreams of yours have made more predictions…I think you predicted Mahalia before she came along? So inspired by this project and sending you lots of love and hugs from us. I need to ask you sometime about the easiest way (?!) to make a simple bunting for M’s room. I am scared to death of messing it up but think it might be a good challenge for me.

    • April 26, 2013 3:10 pm

      Thanks Stella. I’d love to see you and that juicy babe again sometime soon. And I’ll happily help you make bunting. Let’s plan a date for tea and a sew-in at my place.

  2. April 27, 2013 9:35 am

    There are people who do something, and then there are the people who make it possible for people to do something – and you are both of those people! Thank you for being and providing the conduit for the energy of love!

  3. April 27, 2013 12:33 pm

    Your tribute project to Boston and little Martin is beautiful. I am the one you met in Queensdale yesterday – you were looking for Fabric Softener (2 tablespoons only!) and I told you I hate sewing!! You have a great website and am enjoying browsing it. You create amazing things.

    • May 19, 2013 9:05 am

      Hi Barb. Thanks for your sweet words, and for helping me find the fabric conditioner! Glad you enjoyed your peek at my stuff. Thought you’d like to know that the flag count is over 800, with another 300+ hundred that we know of, in the mail. People are amazing aren’t they?!

  4. April 27, 2013 4:28 pm

    Absolutely stunning…and perfect piecing. I uploaded 4 flags (one for each member of the family) and EVERYONE thanks you for putting this together! You are the best!

    • May 19, 2013 9:08 am

      Love that you made one for each member of your family. And now they’ll be hanging is the Museum of Fine Arts = pretty awesome! Thanks of participating is this great event.

  5. April 28, 2013 5:41 am

    Berene, thank you for being a force of peace, kindness and love! I better get sewing.

    • May 19, 2013 9:07 am

      Thanks Barb. And thanks for stitching up a flag. 🙂

  6. May 18, 2013 6:09 pm

    VMQG rocks! You are wonderful! Love and blessings back to you! Cynde from Westford MA

    • May 19, 2013 9:01 am

      Thanks Cynde. But really, the whole quilting community rocks. We have already received over 800 flags within 4 weeks of the idea being launched. THAT is amazing!


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