As I write this blog, I’m receiving text messages from my husband who is volunteering as a peacekeeper at Portland’s Pride event this weekend. Today, admitted members of the Alt Right group are carrying banners and signs stating “God Hates Fags” and being pretty aggressive in their antagonism, even pushing and mocking my husband for standing there wearing a rainbow bracelet. A proud parent of the most amazing kid ever, my brain immediately goes to LGBTQ youth receiving these messages and how truly damaging this could be. The youth suicide rates for LGBTQ kids are markedly higher than straight youth and like these messages on this day could sadly be a trigger for someone. It blows my mind that grown adults could be so reckless with human life.
So how do we combat this? By showing our pride even more, combatting this negativity by providing safe spaces and positive messages as often as we can. My challenge to anyone reading this is share your LGBTQ pride and support if you haven’t because now more than ever these messages are necessary.
And like I know making pride pillows is like so small, but sometimes my posts get real traction on the interweb and if I can impact even one person through this post to let them know they are loved and life is amazing and that it gets better then maybe something small like a pillow can make an impact.
These pillows actually began a few months ago on a day when I was feeling a little blue and was reminded of this panel of fabric from the Letters Capsule that said “ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE.”
So I quilted it up with Aurifil 80 wt Pale Pink, not knowing what it was for, and boy did I feel amazing after I was done.
And when I was done, I put the two 18″ x 18″ panels on my WIP shelf and called it a day. Fast forward to a couple month later, Sharon from Color Girl Quilts sent me this amazing Classic Curves Ruler that allows you to cut 10 different sized curves in one ruler. Like I was blown away when I opened the box by how smart this tool was. And much like most of my projects, one day I had the idea to make a pride pillow and wanted to use rainbow colors with a non-traditional layout and ding ding ding I knew using this ruler would be perfect.
So I paired eight Pure Elements Solids with one of the solid smooth denims and used the 4.5″ curve to make a four circle panel.
And I quilted this one up with Aurifil Aluminum 80 wt.
Next I decided this panel needed a large circle complement, so I used the 8.5″ curve on the ruler to cut out the shapes from the eight solids and voila.
And it wasn’t until I quilted this panel that I remembered the other ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE panels and was like oooh em gee these are meant to be.
So without further ado, here are my two 2017 LGBTQ Pride Pillows that basically have two fronts and no backs.
RESEARCH OPPORTUNITY: HELP NEEDED
To add to this post, Naomi Clarke, a student doing research for her dissertation toward her MSC at Bristol University on the benefits of sewing and asked me to spread word. She’s focusing on the 40 and under age group since there’s a void in research on this age group, so if you or you know someone 40 or under who sews, click on this link and participate please. And before you get salty for being over 40 and wanting to participate, I’m 41 so I couldn’t either and too much salt is bad for us.
LOVE IS LOVE
So thanks for reading this blog post. More than any other post I’ve written, I encourage you to pin and share on your social media platforms to spread the message of love and acceptance and inclusion and pride. You never know who might receive it that really needed to get it just at that moment.