Therapeutic Sewing

It is with a very heavy heart that I write this blog post. Most of you know of the very tragic happenings here in my home state of Connecticut. While I have had a very difficult time wrapping my mind around how something so senseless could happen to so many innocent people, I have cried every day, but then I also took to sewing for some therapy.

For many of us, sewing is an escape from our daily duties of the day. This week was different for me, it was also a way for me to ease my mind and do something I enjoy while also bringing comfort to those in Newtown, CT. I began by helping to spread the word about the collection of pillowcases for the children survivors at the Sandy Hook Elementary school. I posted it on Facebook and also on my blog. The word has gotten around.

Then I sat down to sew 4 pillowcases to send off. I made 2 for girls and 2 for boys. It actually made me happy to know that 4 children may have smiles on their faces and be comforted by the pillowcases that I made. As one commenter on my blog said… “they hope their pillowcases help the little know that humanity does exist.”

I was so excited that I finished them in just a few hours, I couldn’t wait to get them in the mail. Package and shipped, I know by now they have arrived and will be delivered soon. Even if I couldn’t be there to wrap my arms around these children, I feel I am doing this with my gift to them.

Later on, I also did some sewing for a new quilt that will appear in Simple Quilts and Sewing. My cat, Pavi, knew I was feeling blue and had to help me. This was some of the best medicine for me. Having my helper and sewing, it doesn’t get much better.

I also took to playing with scraps this week as well. Making these mini blocks with my African fabric put a smile on my face and I can’t wait to make more!!

In conclusion, although I had difficulty coping this week, I found solace in sewing. I can only hope that the families in Newtown find the same solace in something at a time not too far in the future. In the meantime, they remain in my thoughts daily.

Warm Regards,

Jackie Kunkel

Canton Village Quilt Works

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