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My Journey to Blankets of Love

In January 2017, I found myself with increasingly more free time. To keep myself from spending too much time watching television and playing games on my phone, I dusted off my sewing machine and registered for a quilting class. My machine had sat idle as I was raising my children except for sewing name bars on jerseys or the occasional mending. Buying fabric and making quilts soon became my addiction.

I gave myself a goal of making quilts for all my nephews, nieces, great-nephews, and great-nieces who wanted a quilt. By the end of 2019, my goal was completed, and I had started to build a collection of quilts that would need a home. Then one day while on Facebook this past spring, I came across a post for Blankets of Love Foundation for Mental Health. Once I read their mission, I knew this was the perfect fit for my quilts as I have several family members who deal with mental health issues along with myself.

On August 19, 2020, my world forever changed. My son of twenty-eight years took his life.  He had been struggling with mental health issues for several years. The next few weeks following his death, I had two quilts to finish and these would be going to Blankets of Love. It gave me focus and helped me to cope with my grief.

October 6, 2020 I was able to make my first donation of five quilts.  I hope that these quilts will bring some comfort their owners as my son had with the quilt, I had made for him.  Now I wrap his quilt around me to keep him near.